Margin: Liberal 9.6%
Region: Eastern Victoria
Federal: Flinders (65%)/Dunkley (35%)
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.
Held by Labor for one term after its electoral high-water mark of 2002, Hastings is a normally secure Liberal seat covering the western part of the Westernport Bay coast to the east of Melbourne. Its coastal territory extends from Hastings itself east to Tooradin, and it extends northwards from Hastings to encompass Somerville and Langwarrin at the metropolitan fringe. The redistribution has redrawn its northern boundary with Cranbourne, adding 5700 voters in northern Langwarrin and removing 2600 in an area around Junction Village. In the south-west of the electorate, 3200 voters at Balnarring and Somers are transferred to Nepean, along with 800 in semi-rural areas to the north who go to Mornington. The changes cut 1.2% from the Liberal margin.
Hastings was created at the 2002 election from territory that had previously been in Cranbourne and Mornington, which were respectively reoriented northward and westward with the abolition of Frankston East. The new electorate had a notional Liberal margin of 7.3%, but an 8.2% swing delivered a 582-vote victory to Labor candidate Rosy Buchanan. A 1.8% Liberal swing in 2006 was sufficient to return the seat to the Liberal fold, and a 9.8% swing in 2010 put it back in the safe seat zone.
The Liberal member since 2006 has been Neale Burgess, previously the owner of technology consulting business.