The Junction

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Held by: Michael Sukkar

Party: Liberal Party

Since: 2013

Margin: LIB 6.4

Redistribution details: After the 2018 redistribution, Deakin lost Blackburn and part of Nunawading to Crishold. However, it gained Croydon North, Croydon Hills and parts of Warrenwood from Menzies. It also gained parts of Kilsyth and Mooroolbark from Casey

Key Comments: A diverse outer-metropolitan electorate where negative gearing and franking credits matter and where traffic and public transport have resonance for commuters. Voters also care about climate change and might be questioning their conservative MP’s choices in recent leadership contests.

Labor ranks get a boost from cranky Deakin swingers

Emily Johnson, University of Melbourne

Liberal MP Michael Sukkar appears to have upset many in his constituency, and they're finding their feet.

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Greens’ Sophia Sun says Australian government becoming more like China

University of Melbourne, Linsey Hart

Greens candidate in Deakin, Sophia Sun, says Australia has become more like China, with government business done “behind closed doors” against the public interest.

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Minor candidate’s Wilde social media posts

University of Melbourne, Else Kennedy

A candidate whose supporters’ preferences could decide one of the country’s closest seats describes himself as an “organiser” for a rival party.

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Can Sukkar survive the usurping of Turnbull?

University of Melbourne, Ruby Kraner-Tucci and Jess Malcolm

If Michael Sukkar loses in Deakin, voter dismay over his support for removing Malcolm Turnbull will be a likely factor.

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Shireen Morris: Indigenous rights advocate walking the party line

University of Melbourne, Sophie Berrill and Emily Johnson

A career in politics was never part of federal Labor candidate Shireen Morris’ life plan

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The reign continues in Deakin

University of Melbourne, Anthea van den Bergh

The Liberal Party will continue to reign in the Victorian seat of Deakin after Michael Sukkar was elected for the third time on Saturday.

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Apathy and long queues: as early voting opens in Deakin, the locals are frustrated

University of Melbourne, Mengfan Lu

Voters in Deakin are feeling apathetic as they flock to pre-poll booths. Mengfan Lu reports.

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Deakinites more exercised about health economies than health of the economy

University of Melbourne, ANTHEA van den BERGH

While the state of the economy is seen as a major factor in this election campaign for voters in Deakin the quality of healthcare is also important.

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Separation of Church party from eastern state

University of Melbourne, Olivia Hart

The Australian Conservatives have picked up members of defunct Victorian-based parties that upheld "Christian values"

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Voter tolerance marginal for those missing in climate action

University of Melbourne, Jessica Malcolm

How the parties tackle climate change is a key issue for many voters in this election, even in conservative seats. Jessica Malcolm reports.

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Dear Federal Politics, it’s not me, it’s you. Signed, Disillusioned of Deakin

University of Melbourne, Claire Capel-Stanley

Voters are weary of instability in Canberra and disappointed in the lack of political boldness and vision from the major parties. Experts anticipate that they will make their feelings plain on polling day.

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