GREENS candidate Malcolm McKelvie received more votes that Labor’s Kate Marten in a number of booths north and south of Warragul and Drouin.
First published in the 12 December 2014 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
Dr McKelvie, himself Yarragon-based, earned the Greens a 1.1 per cent swing towards the party at the election.
Where things get interesting is looking at the small towns in the central part of Narracan.
At the Lillico booth, the Greens scored 25 votes to Labor’s 15.
At Tetoora Road, 24 to 20.
In Bona Vista the greens narrowly beat Labor at 45 votes to 44.
Rokeby had more of a gap: 31 votes to 25.
And in Jindivick: 38 votes for the Greens to Labor’s 33.
The party narrowly missed matching Labor’s vote in Ellinbank, receiving 27 votes to Labor’s 28, and was not far behind in a number of other booths.
There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at this data. Firstly, early voters only had the option of voting in Warragul, so Labor voters who would usually vote at one of the booths mentioned before may have voted in Warragul at a higher rate than the Greens, skewing the results for election day’s count.
If the data is representative, however, it could indicate people in the areas most concerned about key environmental issues like coal seam gas were attracted to the party, or a large number of tree-changers from Melbourne, usually a more left wing voting part of the state, living there.
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