Victorian State Election 2010: Hastings
Margin: Liberal 1.0%
Upper house region: Eastern Victoria
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Electorate analysis: Hastings covers the western part of the Westernport Bay coast to the east of Melbourne, from Somers north-east to Tooradin and inland to Baxter and Langwarrin. Liberal support is strongest in the northern part of the electorate, including Tooradin and the southern outskirts of Cranbourne, while Labor does better in the coastal towns further south, including the large Hastings booth. The electorate was created at the 2002 election from territory that had previously been in Cranbourne and Mornington, which were respectively reoriented northward and westward with the abolition of Frankston East. The new electorate had a notional Liberal margin of 7.3 per cent, but an 8.2 per cent swing was enough to deliver Labor candidate Rosy Buchanan a 582-vote victory. The 1.8 per cent swing to the Liberals at the 2006 election was below the state average, but nonetheless enough to deliver a 1.0 per cent margin to Liberal candidate Neale Burgess, previously the owner of technology consulting business.
Analysis written by William Bowe. Read William’s blog, The Poll Bludger.