Margin: Liberal 12.2%
Region: Eastern Metropolitan
Federal: Deakin (39%)/Casey (32%)/Menzies (29%)
Candidates in ballot paper order
2010 BOOTH RESULTS MAP
RESULTS MAP: Two-party preferred booth results from 2010 state election showing Liberal majority in blue and Labor in red. New boundaries in thicker blue lines, old ones in thinner red lines. Boundary data courtesy of Ben Raue of The Tally Room.
PAST RESULTS: Break at 1999 represents effect of the subsequent redistribution.
DEMOGRAPHICS: Based on 2012 census. School Leavers is percentage of high school graduates divided by persons over 18. LOTE is number identified as speaking language other than English at home, divided by total population.
Created in place of the abolished seat of Kilsyth, Croydon is a new electorate located around 25 kilometres to the east of central Melbourne. The old electorate provides it with Croydon, Mooroolbark and the western part of Kilsyth, accounting for 21,000 voters. To the west of this area, a further 18,500 voters are drawn from a heavily reconfigured Warrandyte, including the western part of Croydon and all of Croydon North, the northern parts of Ringwood and Ringwood North, and parts of Wonga Park in the north.
Croydon will be contested for the Liberals by David Hodgett, the member for Kilsyth. Hodgett won the seat for the Liberals at the 2006 election, unseating Labors Dympna Beard, who succeeded in winning what would normally have been a fairly secure Liberal seat as part of the 2002 landslide. Beard in turn defeated Liberal member Lorraine Elliott, who had held Kilsyths predecessor seat of Mooroolbark from its creation in 1992. Hodgett gained a 2.4% swing to win the seat by a 0.4% margin in 2006, and the 10.0% boost to his margin in 2010 made him one of seven Coalition candidates to record double-digit swings at that election.
Hodgett had been mayor of Yarra Ranges before entering parliament, and won promotion to the position of Shadow Cabinet Secretary in November 2009. He was promoted to the ministry in the reshuffle that followed Ted Baillieus resignation in March 2013, taking on the ports and major projects portfolio.