Victorian State Election 2010: Yanyean
Electorate: Yan Yean
Margin: Labor 7.9%
Upper house region: Northern Metropolitan
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Electorate analysis: Yan Yean is located beyond Melbourne’s northern outskirts, from the Yarra River north through Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge to Yan Yean and Whittlesea. Andre Haermeyer won the seat for Labor by 1.9 per cent when it was created in 1992, and only slightly increased his margin over the next two elections before a redistribution made the seat notionally Liberal at the 2002 election. By now a senior front-bencher, Haermeyer accordingly sought refuge in the new city seat of Kororoit, and the seat stayed with his Labor Unity (Right) faction with the preselection of his electorate officer Danielle Green.
A former vice-president of the Community and Public Sector Union, Green was a local Socialist Left convenor in the 1990s but changed factions a few years before her preselection. The preselection front-runner was originally reckoned to be Banyule mayor Colin Brooks, also of Labor Unity, but he was persuaded to make way for Green and was eventually rewarded for his patience with preselection for Bundoora in 2006. Green was promoted to parliamentary secretary after the 2006 election, firstly for emergency services and then also for police after January 2010. Her Liberal opponent is Jack Gange, described on the Liberal Party site only as a “businessman”.
Analysis written by William Bowe. Read William’s blog, The Poll Bludger.