–Victoria says ‘yes’, mostly: How your electorate voted

November 15, 2017

Victorians resoundingly voted ‘yes’ in the same-sex marriage postal survey but two electorates on Melbourne’s outer fringe bucked the trend and voted no.

Only two out of 37 Victorian electorates voted ‘no’, with the ALP-held seats of Bruce and Calwell rejecting the proposal by 53 per cent to 47 and 57 to 43 to per cent respectively.

Bruce overlaps significantly with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ state seat of Mulgrave.

The electorate of Calwell takes in suburbs including Broadmeadows, Calder Park, Campbellfield, Keilor Downs, Meadow Heights, Roxburgh Park and Taylors Lakes.

And Bruce includes Dandenong North, Glen Waverley, Mulgrave, Noble Park North and Wheelers Hill.

Support for same-sex marriage was strongest of all in Greens-held Melbourne, where 83.7 per cent of respondents voted “yes”.

Close behind was Melbourne Ports, held by Labor, which recorded an 82.0 per cent ‘yes’ vote.

The Liberal held seats of Higgins and Goldstein in Melbourne’s inner south-east recorded strong “yes” votes of 78.3 per cent and 76.3 per cent respectively.

More than 3.3 million Victorians completed their surveys, with about 2.15 million ticking the “yes” box, while about 1.6 million of the state’s residents rejecting the proposal that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

It was close too in the electorate of Holt, in Melbourne’s south-easter bible-belt suburbs where the “yes” case squeaked through by 51 per cent to 49.

Voters in the seats held by the state’s social conservatives Liberal MPs Kevin Andrews and Michael Sukkar, who are both opposed to gay marriage, showed their elected representatives are out of step with their constituents.

Menzies, held by Mr Andrews voted “yes” by 57 per cent to 43 per cent and Deakin held by Mr Sukkar voted by 66 per cent to 34 per cent to accept the proposal.

Mr Sukkar has stated he will respect the will of his electorate in subsequent Parliamentary votes but Mr Andrews is expected to stick to his opposition to any legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Any significant country-city divide failed to materialise in Victoria with Melbourne voters voting “yes” by 65.4 per cent and 63.3 of voters in the rest of the state supporting the proposal.

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