Margin: Liberal 13.7%
Region: Eastern Victoria
Candidates in ballot paper order
DAVID J. STANTON
2010 BOOTH RESULTS MAP
PAST RESULTS (DROMANA/NEPEAN)
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.
Nepean covers the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, encompassing both the eastern part of the entrance to Port Phillip Bay and the western entrance to Westernport Bay opposite Phillip Island. Its population is overwhelmingly concentrated along the bayside, extending westwards from Safety Beach and Dromana through Rosebud and Rye to Sorrento and Portsea. This is an area popular with retirees, giving it the oldest median age of any electorate in the state. The redistribution has extended its coverage of the Westernport Bay coast opposite Phillip Island, adding 3200 voters in Balnarring and Somers, formerly in Hastings, and cutting the Liberal margin by 0.6%.
The electorate was known prior to the 2002 election as Dromana, which was created in 1967 and only ever won by Labor when John Cain came to power in 1982. The current member, Martin Dixon, became member for Dromana in 1996 and had a close shave in the face of a 6.2% swing in the 2002 landslide, clinging on by a 0.2% margin before enjoying successive swings of 9.2% in 2006 and 4.9% in 2010. Dixon was promoted to Shadow Education Minister in February 2006, then recovered the position in August 2007 after a demotion in the wake of the November 2006 election, and has retained the portfolio in government since the 2010 election victory.