Political Report

RESEARCH REPORT ON MORDIALLOC AREA
25/08/16

Catherine Smith, Louisa Cheatley, Stephen Smit, Anthony Furci

 This political report is a summary and overview of the Mordialloc area. In this report, we will be exploring and giving a background to the area, as well as dissecting and exploring its councils, political regimes and local/state issues. We will be exploring the tiers of government and how politicians and councilors are represented in the area, and the different state and local issues that are faced.


The Mordialloc area is approximately 25km south-east Melbourne’s CBD, situated within the local government area of the City of Kingston. Surrounding suburbs include Parkdale, Braeside, Aspendale, and Dingley Village. Mordialloc backs onto Port Phillip Bay, naturally making it a coastal town.

Mordialloc (also known simply as Mordi) falls into the state electorate of the same name – Mordialloc – and the Commonwealth or federal division of Isaacs.

In terms of the state electorate – the electoral district of Mordialloc – no one main party has held it more than another. Since the district’s inception in 1992, the position has alternated between Liberal and Labor, with each party holding the seat twice. The current member, Tim Richardson, is of the Labor party.

The federal electorate, the Division of Isaacs, has come to be seen as a safe Labor seat in recent years. However, from the seat’s inception in 1969 to 1996, the Liberal party held it four times, compared to Labor’s two. Since 1996, though, Labor has held it safely. The current member is Mark Dreyfus, having retained his position following the 2016 election.

According to the 2011 census, Mordialloc has a population of 7,537.

Of this number, 48.3% (3,637) are male, and 51.7% (3,900) are female.

70.1% (5,280) of Mordialloc residents were born in Australia. 33.8% (2,546) of these residents are male, and 36.3% (2,734) are female.

0.4% (27) of residents are Indigenous. Males and females are split 0.2% apiece, with 13 and 14 residents respectively.

Data derived from the 2011 Census indicates that the main industries in the Mordialloc/Braeside area are Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Professional Scientific and technical services.

In the Mordialloc area;

12.1% of people worked in manufacturing

8.2% of people worked in construction

6.4% of people worked in wholesale

8.9% of people worked in retail

5.2% of people worked in financial and insurance services

9.5% of people worked in professional, scientific and technical services

5.1% of people worked in public administration and safety

9% of people worked in education and training

10.4% of people worked in health care and social assistance

The Federal seat that intersects with Mordialloc is the Division of Isaacs. The seat covers 166km on the Eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, from Mentone to Carrum then inland to Skye and up to Noble Park.

This includes suburbs such as Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Bonbeach, Braeside, Carrum, Carrum Downs (part), Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Dandenong South, Edithvale, Keysborough, Lyndhurst (part), Mentone (part), Mordialloc, Noble Park (part), Parkdale, Patterson Lakes, Skye (part) and Waterways.

The sitting federal member is the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP, who is the “Deputy manager of opposition business”, in association with the Australian Labor Party.

He was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Isaacs in November 2007 and re-elected in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

In the 2016 federal election for the Division of Isaacs, both the Labor and Liberal parties focussed on jobs, manufacturing, health, refugees and the fate of the CSIRO.

However, after being re-elected a representative of the Hon Mark Dreyfus, Phillip Clarke said “The key federal issues in Mordialloc are the Turnbull Government’s cuts to local school funding and to Medicare services, as well as the Turnbull Government’s cuts to the CSIRO Research Centre in neighbouring Aspendale.”

The Mordialloc area is part of the Victorian Legislative Assembly which covers 38km and includes the suburbs of  Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Edithvale, Moorabbin Airport, Mordialloc and Parkdale. Parts of Bangholme, Cheltenham and Mentone.

The sitting state member is Tim Richardson.

The main current state-wide issue affecting the Mordialloc area is the works on the Frankston railway line. These works are having an effect on the Mordialloc district as it’s increasing traffic congestion in the area and putting extra pressure on alternate forms of public transport. Despite the Frankston line running through most major districts, the Mordialloc area is diversely affected as it’s one of few lines that runs into the city. As it’s further out, residents who work in the city have been inconvenienced and in some cases have been forced to drive their cars in. Despite this being a standalone issue, it’s also had an impact on services such as taxi’s and buses who’ve had to compensate for train delays and cancellations.

The mayor of the Mordialloc district is Cr Geoff Gledhill.

The other local governments that intersect with the Mordialloc area include Bayside, Monash, Greater Dandenong, Casey, Frankston and Glen Eira.

 Drugs are currently causing major havoc in the Mordialloc area, with numerous drug raids being executed in recent weeks. In particular, the incredibly addictive drug ‘ice’, so much so that a two-hour educational seminar was organized at Kingston Hall to inform the youth in the area of the dangers of the drug. In an article posted in the Mordialloc Leader, it was said that the presentation will be hard-hitting and confronting, as 60% of young people are starting their drug-taking with ice. Burglaries are also a local issue in Mordialloc, with eateries and small businesses being targeted most heavily. As it’s a smaller district, it’s said to have a lasting impact on a small business’ longevity and ability to survive in the current financial market. It’s been reported that cuts had been made to the number of police officers assigned to patrol the area, with suggestions being made that that had been a major contributor to the increase in crime. These issues all go hand in hand, as often the crime being committed is by those who are under the influence of drug and alcohol.

In the 2016 federal election for the Division of Isaacs, both the Labor and Liberal parties focussed on jobs, manufacturing, health, refugees and the fate of the CSIRO.

However, after being re-elected a representative of the Hon Mark Dreyfus, Phillip Clarke said “The key federal issues in Mordialloc are the Turnbull Government’s cuts to local school funding and to Medicare services, as well as the Turnbull Government’s cuts to the CSIRO Research Centre in neighbouring Aspendale.”

The Mordialloc area is part of the Victorian Legislative Assembly which covers 38km and includes the suburbs of  Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Edithvale, Moorabbin Airport, Mordialloc and Parkdale. Parts of Bangholme, Cheltenham and Mentone.

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