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HIGGINS

Held by: Kelly O’Dwyer (Retiring)

Party: Liberal Party

Since: 2009 (O’Dwyer). Since first election in 1949 (Holt).

Margin: LiB 10.1

Redistribution details: Windsor has moved to Macnamara.  Could affect Green swing.

Key Comments: The seat of Higgins, a Liberal bastion since 1949, is now a much more interesting electorate, with the prospect of a genuine three-horse race. The Labor Party made a surprising last-minute switch of candidates in March, anointing a high-profile barrister, Fiona McLeod. The Liberals have also put up a woman, Katie Allen, to replace outgoing MP Kelly O’Dwyer. The Greens candidate is former VFL star Jason Ball, who was the first openly gay player to play in the league. This is traditionally a leadership seat for the Libs, in the past assigning  any winner here an assured place in the party’s top team. However, in 2018, Allen, a candidate then for the state seat of Prahran, suffered a ten per cent swing against her. The big issue that could hurt the Libs is climate change. What could save them is tradition, and money.

The Electorate of Higgins

Swinburne University, Julius Dennis and Oscar Perri

With the recent arrival of a high-profile Labor candidate, is the seat of Higgins now a genuine three-way race?

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Michaela Moran: Sustainable Australia candidate for Higgins

Swinburne University, Margaret Francis

A second-time election candidate, Moran has a lot of sympathy for politicians.

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Palmer’s Tim Ryan eyes Higgins

Swinburne University, Julius Dennis

"Sometimes, you know, you just have to roll a hard six and go for it."

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House calls in Higgins

Swinburne University, Oscar Perri

A paediatrician who suffered a significant loss in the recent Victorian election, is hoping to succeed retiring MP Kelly O’Dwyer in the federal seat of Higgins this month.

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Australian Animal Justice Party candidate, Alice Walker, is running in her first election campaign

Swinburne University, Maddie Wrench

Alice Walker became a vegan in 2012 after learning how animals are treated in the agricultural industry.

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Swinburne’s Maddie Wrench in conversation with the Labor candidate for Higgins

Swinburne University, Maddie Wrench

Maddie Wrench asks Labor's Fiona McLeod about her campaign and why having more women in politics is so important

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Fiona McLeod SC: From the Victorian Bar to the heart of Higgins

Swinburne University, Maddie Wrench

Fiona McLeod is a latecomer to Higgins but is proving to be an adept campaigner

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Vandalism claims as Higgins goes to the polls

Swinburne University, Julius Dennis, Oscar Perri and Maddison Wrench

In an otherwise respectful day of campaigning in the south-east Melbourne seat of Higgins, there were reports of vandalism at a Glen Iris booth where Greens and Labor signs were removed.

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Higgins – an electorate in the media spotlight

Swinburne University, Julius Dennis

When Australians prepare to vote, some electorates draw the media. In this election it was Higgins. Julius Dennis reports

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Battle for Lindsay in Western Sydney

Western Sydney University, Joseph Olbrycht-Palmer & Eduardo Castro

A little-known battle is underway for the highly marginal Western Sydney seat of Lindsay. With electorate polling putting Labor and the Liberals at 51-49 respectively, the 3% margin of error means Lindsay is anything but a sealed deal for either party. Additionally, both parties are battling community fallout. Labor’s outgoing MP for Lindsay, Emma Husar, has been dogged by allegations of misconduct...

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Liberal no-show at Higgins climate forum

Swinburne University, Oscar Perri

Rivals attack the Liberal candidate for Higgins after her failure to attend a forum on climate change and poverty.

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Cute kittens in Higgins: Playing candidates on Instagram

Swinburne University, Elana Frost

Playing Instagram in Higgins: Who will be the fairest in the political mirror?

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Voters say climate change is central in the battle for Higgins

Swinburne University, Swinburne reporters

Voters in Higgins - 67 per cent say climate change is their most important issue

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