Victorian state election, 2002

Victorian state election, 2002

Elections for the Victorian Legislative Assembly and for half the seats in the Victorian Legislative Council were held on Saturday 30 November 2002. The incumbent Labor Government of Premier Steve Bracks was returned with a large majority in the Legislative Assembly winning 62 of the 88 seats. Labor also won a majority of seats in the Legislative Council for the first time in its history.

The main opposition party, the Liberals led by Robert Doyle were reduced to just 17 seats, their worst result since 1952. While the Peter Ryan led Nationals (who after breaking off their Coalition with the Liberals renamed themselves the 'VicNats') retained the 7 seats they held from the 1999 election.

Labor was assisted by a strong economy and by the popularity of Steve Bracks, while the Liberal Party was badly divided between the Kroger and the Kennett factions. The Liberal campaign was also devastated by the revelation that the Shadow Treasurer Robert Dean was ineligible to vote and therefore was not able to stand as a candidate.

This was the last Victorian election where the Legislative Council was elected using Instant Runoff Voting in single-member districts (while each province has two members, they were elected at alternate elections). From 2006 onwards the Legislative Council will be elected from 8 multi-member electorates using proportional representation, with all seats in the Council being up for election.

Results


Electoral Pendulum

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COLSPAN=4 align="center" bgcolor="BLUE" |LIBERAL-NATIONAL SEATS (26)
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style="background-color:white" colspan=4 align="center"
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style="width:130px" align="left" | Seat
style="width:50px" align="center" | Party
style="width:50px" align="center" | Margin
style="width:50px" align="center" | Swing
-
COLSPAN=4 align="center" bgcolor="blue" |Marginal
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Nepean
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |0.2%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+6.1%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Bass
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |0.6%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |*
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | South-West Coast
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |0.7%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+3.9%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Doncaster
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |0.8%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+11.7%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Box Hill
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |1.1%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+6.9%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Mornington
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |1.8%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+10.1%
-
align="left" bgcolor="C2E9C8" | Benalla
align="center" bgcolor="C2E9C8" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="C2E9C8" |2.0%
align="center" bgcolor="C2E9C8" |+5.4%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Caulfield
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |2.3%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+6.0%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Bulleen
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |2.6%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+10.1%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Sandringham
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |3.0%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+9.2%
-
align="left" bgcolor="A6E7FF" | Scoresby
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |3.3%
align="center" bgcolor="A6E7FF" |+11.5%
-
COLSPAN=4 align="center" bgcolor="blue" |Fairly safe
-
align="left" bgcolor="50D8F9" | Benambra
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |4.0%
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |+3.6%
-
align="left" bgcolor="97D8A1" | Shepperaton
align="center" bgcolor="97D8A1" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="97D8A1" |4.3%
align="center" bgcolor="97D8A1" |*
-
align="left" bgcolor="50D8F9" | Hawthorn
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |5.9%
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |+8.3%
-
align="left" bgcolor="50D8F9" | Kew
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |6.0%
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |+7.9%
-
align="left" bgcolor="50D8F9" | Warrandyte
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |6.4%
align="center" bgcolor="50D8F9" |+7.5%
-
COLSPAN=4 align="center" bgcolor="blue" |Safe
-
align="left" bgcolor="31C3FF" | Brighton
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |7.4%
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |+7.4%
-
align="left" bgcolor="31C3FF" | Polwarth
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |9.5%
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |+3.7%%
-
align="left" bgcolor="40C351" | Rodney
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |10.0% v LIB
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |*
-
align="left" bgcolor="31C3FF" | Malvern
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |LIB
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |10.2%
align="center" bgcolor="31C3FF" |+6.0%
-
align="left" bgcolor="40C351" | Gippsland South
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |10.9%
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |-2.8%
-
align="left" bgcolor="EBE06C" | Gippsland East
align="center" bgcolor="EBE06C" |IND
align="center" bgcolor="EBE06C" |11.8% v NAT
align="center" bgcolor="EBE06C" |*
-
align="left" bgcolor="40C351" | Murray Valley
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |13.9%
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |+1.9%
-
align="left" bgcolor="40C351" | Swan Hill
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |14.2%
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |*
-
align="left" bgcolor="40C351" | Lowan
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |NAT
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |17.1%
align="center" bgcolor="40C351" |*
-
align="left" bgcolor="EBE06C" | Mildura
align="center" bgcolor="EBE06C" |IND
align="center" bgcolor="EBE06C" |18.5% v NAT
align="center" bgcolor="EBE06C" |*

Seats which changed hands are shown in bold.

A '+' sign indicates a swing to Labor, a '-' sign a swing to Liberal National.

ee also

* Members of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, 2002-2006

References

* Victorian Electoral Commission, [http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/]
*


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