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Docklands is the most conservative

31 Aug 2010

Docklands was the most conservative polling booth within the Melbourne electorate which last month sent to Canberra the nation’s first Greens local member.

Out of the 40 polling booths which collectively elected Greens candidate Adam Bandt as the Member for Melbourne, on August 21, The Hub at Docklands recorded the Liberal Party’s best result.

Liberal candidate Simon Olsen opted to not participate in the election campaign.  But despite this, 39.39 per cent of Docklanders gave him their first preference.

Mr Olsen attracted the most primary votes only in Docklands and East Melbourne.  In East Melbourne, he scored 36.19 per cent of the primary vote – which represented a 4.09 per cent swing against the Liberals. In Docklands, however, the Liberal Party picked up a 12.03 per cent swing.  

In East Melbourne, Labor suffered a 9.3 per cent swing against it.  But in Docklands, the Labor vote was down a massive 17.56 per cent – the largest swing across the Melbourne electorate.

In Docklands, the Labor Party attracted 26.90 per cent of the primary vote, compared with 28.38 per cent to the Greens.  

These figures diverged significantly after the Liberal Party’s preferences were allocated and resulted in a two-party preferred vote of 62.09 per cent to the Greens and 37.91 per cent to Labor.

Some 906 votes were lodged at The Hub polling booth on August 21.  The primary vote was:

  • Family First – 12
  • Australian Greens – 250
  • Australian Sex Party – 20
  • Australian Democrats – 5
  • Secular Party of Australia – 10
  • Australian Labor Party – 237
  • Liberal – 347
  • Total – 906

There were no votes polled for the Citizens Electoral Council of Australia or the Socialist Equality Party.

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