Electoral district of Brighton

The electoral district of Brighton is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers an area of 19 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi) in south-eastern Melbourne, including the suburbs of Brighton and Elwood, and parts of Brighton East and Hampton. It lies within the Southern Metropolitan Region of the upper house, the Legislative Council.[1]

VictoriaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Brighton (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
MPJames Newbury
PartyLiberal Party
Electors45,224 (2018)
Area19 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Member for Brighton James Newbury pictured on a payphone

Electoral Office of Current Member for Brighton James Newbury

It is one of only three electorates (along with Richmond and Williamstown) to have existed continuously since 1856. Brighton was defined in the Victoria Constitution Act, 1855, as: "Commencing on the Sea Coast at the South-west Angle of Section 25, Parish of Moorabbin, thence by a Line East to the South-east Angle of Section 55 ; on the East by a Line bearing North, being the Parish Boundary from the said Point to the North-east Angle of Section 63 ; on the North by the Road bearing West to the Sea Coast, and on the West by the Sea Coast to the commencing Point."[2]

Members for BrightonEdit

Member Party Term
  Jonathan Binns Were Unaligned 1856–1857
  Charles Ebden Unaligned 1857–1861
  George Higinbotham Unaligned 1861-1861
  William Brodribb Unaligned 1861–1862
  George Higinbotham Unaligned 1862–1871
  Sir Thomas Bent Unaligned 1871–1894
  William Moule Unaligned 1894–1900
  Sir Thomas Bent Unaligned 1900–1909
  Oswald Snowball Liberal 1909–1928
  Ian Macfarlan Nationalist 1928–1931
  United Australia 1931–1937
  Independent 1937–1943
  United Australia 1943–1945
  Liberal 1945
  Ray Tovell Liberal 1945–1955
  Electoral Reform League
  Sir John Rossiter Liberal 1955–1976
  Jeannette Patrick Liberal 1976–1985
  Alan Stockdale Liberal 1985–1999
  Louise Asher Liberal 1999–2018
  James Newbury Liberal 2018–present

Election resultsEdit

2018 Victorian state election: Brighton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal James Newbury 17,597 45.40 −10.12
Labor Declan Martin 12,193 31.46 +7.90
Greens Katherine Copsey 5,854 15.10 −2.28
Animal Justice Cathy Taylor 1,961 5.06 +5.06
Sustainable Australia Alison Pridham 881 2.27 +2.27
Independent John Tiger Casley 273 0.70 +0.70
Total formal votes 38,759 95.81 −0.59
Informal votes 1,697 4.19 +0.59
Turnout 40,456 89.46 −2.59
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal James Newbury 19,812 51.12 −8.66
Labor Declan Martin 18,947 48.88 +8.66
Liberal hold Swing −8.66

Historical mapsEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Brighton District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Victoria Constitution Act 1855" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ State Election 2018: Brighton, VEC.