The Junction



Morwell
Electorate:  Morwell
Held by: Russell Northe
(Independent 2017, Nationals 2006-2017)
Swing +/- to MP 2014:  -11.5
Margin:  1.8

Key Comments: 

Morwell is a marginal seat in the heart of the industrial Latrobe Valley. The region has high levels of unemployment due to recent mine and factory closures. The incumbent, Russell Northe, left the Nationals to sit as an independent after admitting he was dealing with mental health issues and gambling and alcohol problems. His defection has made the outcome of the vote especially difficult to predict.   

 


University of Melbourne, Sophie Simpson

The decaying remains of power stations in the once booming electorate of Morwell are hard to miss. The electorate was created in 1955 and includes the regional centres of Traralgon, Morwell, and Churchill, among smaller towns in the Latrobe Valley. The population of the electorate is 64,000, according to the 2016 census. The seat, about two hours’ drive east of Melbourne, is marginal and is currently...

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Greens: Daniel Caffrey

University Of Melbourne, David Bogi

The Greens' Daniel Caffrey wants to spend $500 million to develop new sustainable energy industries in the electorate.

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The sitting MP: Russell Northe

University of Melbourne, Ashleigh Hastings

Newly independent Russell Northe has been the MP for Morwell since 2006. He was re-elected in the 2010 and 2014 state elections, however his chances in 2018 are very uncertain.

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Independent: Tracie Lund

University of Melbourne, Sophie Simpson

Standing as an independent candidate for the second time, Lund says she is a strong voice for change in the Morwell electorate.

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Liberals: Dale Harriman

University of Melbourne, David Bogi

Dale Harriman says community is at the heart of his motivation in politics.

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Labor: Mark Richards

University of Melbourne, Adena Maier and Van Anh Ng Chu

Labor candidate Mark Richards hopes  to bring new job opportunities to the region after the closure of Hazelwood power station.

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The Nationals: Sheridan Bond

University of Melbourne, Ashleigh Hastings

Sheridan Bond was well placed to win preselection in March over several other contenders.

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Independent: Christine Sindt

University of Melbourne, Adena Maier

Labor-turned-independent candidate Dr Christine Sindt has strong views on jobs, education and energy policy.

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Independent: Ray Burgess

University of Melbourne, Sophie Simpson

Morwell newsagent Ray Burgess backs the construction of another power station in the Latrobe Valley to "align" what he calls the region's psychology with its history.

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Shooters, Fishers and Farmers: Ricky Muir

University Of Melbourne, Adena Maier and Van Anh Ng Chu

Self-proclaimed “average Australian ”Ricky Muir is back, at a state level in Morwell.

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Valley life after coal is a power struggle

University of Melbourne, Jess Bassano, Gerard Cockburn, Brittany Flamik, Jenina Ibañez and Silvi Vann-Wall

In the marginal seat of Morwell, in Victoria's LaTrobe Valley, the pre-election debate is all about power generation and the region's future role as the state's energy provider.

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A Day in the Life of Yinnar

University of Melbourne

Join Melbourne University students for a day in the life of Yinnar.

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Results of the 2014 election

Candidate  Party  1st pref votes  % of 1st pref votes
LUND, Tracie INDEPENDENT 4377 10.91%
MINTERN, Jadon AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY 14282 35.59%
BIRKETT, Stewart AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY ALLIANCE  950 2.37%
DORIAN, Peter RISE UP AUSTRALIA PARTY 423 1.05%
CAFFREY, Dan AUSTRALIAN GREENS 1894 4.72%
NORTHE, Russell THE NATIONALS 17824 44.42%
ROSE, Jacqueline  INDEPENDENT 380 0.95%

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