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Frankston: Trains, trains and automobiles

Frankston is a traditionally industrial city with plenty of leisure by the sea

Frankston is a traditionally industrial city with plenty of leisure by the sea

Frankston is a traditionally industrial city with plenty of leisure by the sea

Frankston is a traditionally industrial city with plenty of leisure by the sea

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Name of electorate: Frankston    

Held by: Paul Edbrooke (Labor)

Since: 2014

Swing at 2014 election: +0.9% to the ALP

Key Comments:

This electorate is stuck and wants a way out. The seat of Frankston is Victoria’s most marginal seat at 0.5 per cent. As such, it’s at the centre of key election promises on both sides of politics – most of them to do with public transport and traffic congestion. The Victorian State Liberal Party has promised to join forces with the federal government to fund an extension to the Frankston train line. Meanwhile the current Labor state government has included Frankston in its proposed $50 billion suburban rail loop.

Frankston’s incumbent representative is Labor’s Paul Edbrooke, who has held the seat since the last election in 2014. His biggest contender is Michael Lamb of the Liberal Party. But with Labor leading by such a slim margin, the minor parties might be the ones to watch.

 

ABOUT FRANKSTON

  • Traditional owners are the Mayone-bulluk clan of Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations
  • Hospitals (private & public)
  • Beach and bay
  • Business district
  • TAFE and Universities
  • Boundary redistribution of 2017-18 means the seat is rendered the most marginal in Victoria: “Changes to the electorate of Dunkley, based on Frankston in Melbourne’s south-east, change the seat from a marginal Liberal 1.4% seat to notional marginal Labor seat on 1.3%.” – ABC website
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