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COOPER

Held by: New electorate – it was formerly Batman, held by Ged Kearney

Party: Australian Labor Party

Since: March 2018 when she won a by-election following the resignation of David Feeney (ALP)

Margin: 22% (new seat of Cooper, two party preferred) . Against the Greens the margin is 1.3%.

Redistribution details: The boundaries of Cooper are similar to Batman, which it replaced in the 2018 redistribution but includes parts of Coburg North which previously belonged in neighbouring Wills and excludes parts of Thomastown, Bundoora and Clifton Hill.

Key Comments: Ged Kearney (ALP) is the incumbent representative contesting Cooper. It’s considered a “marginal” seat by the Australian Electoral Commission. It’s a very socially and culturally diverse seat.

From Batman to Cooper; from Labor to Greens?

La Trobe University, Ally Galletti, Liam O'Shea

For candidates contesting the seat of Cooper, it will be a battle to secure the interests of as many progressive voters as possible.

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Animal Justice Party fields biologist in race for Cooper

La Trobe University, Jessica Leonard

The Animal Justice Party’s candidate for Cooper is passionate about wildlife and ecosystems in the local area.

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Tax reform, nuclear energy on UAP agenda

La Trobe University, Liam Ryder

Acknowledging that environment and climate change are big issues for people in the inner northern metropolitan seat, Nangle assures voters that a transition to renewables will occur under the UAP.

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Labor field incumbent in key battleground with Greens

La Trobe University, Allanah Sciberras

Ged Kearney has set her sights on supporting the diverse community found in Cooper, If re-elected in 2019.

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Victorian Socialist platform pushes union rights, corporate tax reform

La Trobe University, Gianni Francis

Kath Larkin says she has been a socialist since she was a teenager and strongly supports her party’s motto of "people before profit".

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Climate action key for Greens campaign in Cooper

La Trobe University, Gianni Francis

Greens candidate David Risstrom says his positions on the environment have been consistent and he'll work to secure action on climate change, if elected in Cooper.

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Election day: view from Cooper

La Trobe University, Natasha Pietrobuono, Louis Ellis

In Cooper it's been a fight to secure the interests of as many progressive voters as possible, as Natasha Pietrobuono reports for Election 2019.

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Hawke’s former seat site of another tight Greens-Labor contest

La Trobe University, Nikolas Dart

Following the passing of Bob Hawke, we look at the seat he held four times as PM - and one which shares striking similarities with its neighbour, Cooper.

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Early voters in Cooper alarmed at far right rise

La Trobe University, Maria Porcellar-Calvo, Faiza Sharif

Several voters in the inner-northern Melbourne seat expressed disillusionment with the state of Australian politics and the rise of far-right groups in Australia and internationally.

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African-Australians in Cooper apprehensive about voting

La Trobe University, Astril Andrades, Shazma Gaffoor

Young people of African background living or studying in the extremely diverse seat of Cooper feel under-represented by political candidates.

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Museum illustrates Cooper’s lived diversity

La Trobe University, Colin Brace, Brittany Carlson

From humble beginnings around a kitchen table, to finding an ideal location, the diversity in the seat of Cooper is illustrated by one of the youngest museums in Australia.

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The Battle for Bell Street

La Trobe University, Ashley Gheelan, Sean Carroll

The southern half of the electorate is no longer working class. "They’ve mostly sold up and moved on. Grandpa could never afford $8 for a pot of craft beer," Damous said.

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