Electoral district of Malvern

The electoral district of Malvern is an electorate of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[1] It is named for the suburb of Malvern and also includes Malvern East, Armadale, Kooyong and parts of Glen Iris and Toorak.

VictoriaLegislative Assembly
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Location of Malvern (dark green) in Greater Melbourne
MPMichael O'Brien
PartyLiberal Party
Electors42,898 (2018)
Area19 km2 (7.3 sq mi)

The electorate has been held by the Liberal Party (or its predecessor) since its creation in 1945, and for most of that time has been regarded as one of the Liberal Party‘s safest seats in Melbourne. In all but one election, the Liberals have won enough votes on the first count to win the seat outright. As a measure of how safe Malvern is for the Liberals, Opposition Leader Robert Doyle easily retained the seat with 60.2 percent of the two-party vote even as Labor won its biggest majority ever at the state level.

The current member is Michael O'Brien, who succeeded Doyle at the 2006 Victorian election and served as Treasurer in the Napthine government. At the 2014 State election, O'Brien‘s margin over Labor was 16.3%, down from 20.6%, but his margin was reduced to 6.1% at the 2018 State election. On 6 December 2018 O’Brien was elected leader of the Liberal Party and became Opposition Leader.[2]

The seat's best-known member was Lindsay Thompson, who served as Premier of Victoria from 1981 to 1982 and served as a minister without interruption from 1958 to 1982–the longest-serving state minister in Australian history.

Members for MalvernEdit

Member Party Term
  Trevor Oldham[3] Liberal 1945–1953
  Sir John Bloomfield Liberal 1953–1970
  Lindsay Thompson Liberal 1970–1982
  Geoff Leigh Liberal 1982–1992
  Robert Doyle Liberal 1992–2006
  Michael O'Brien Liberal 2006–present
Oldham represented Boroondara 1933–1945[3]

Election resultsEdit

2018 Victorian state election: Malvern[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Michael O'Brien 19,003 51.25 −11.38
Labor Oliver Squires 11,141 30.05 +8.66
Greens Polly Morgan 4,659 12.56 −3.42
Sustainable Australia Michaela Moran 1,161 3.13 +3.13
Animal Justice Candace Feild 1,116 3.01 +3.01
Total formal votes 37,080 96.06 +0.08
Informal votes 1,522 3.94 −0.08
Turnout 38,602 89.99 −2.54
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Michael O'Brien 20,814 56.10 −10.15
Labor Oliver Squires 16,285 43.90 +10.15
Liberal hold Swing −10.15


  1. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  2. ^ 'New day for the party': Vic Liberals pick Michael O'Brien as leader
  3. ^ a b "Oldham, Trevor Donald". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
  4. ^ State Election 2018: Malvern District, VEC.

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