Battle heats up for safe seats

20 Nov 2018 • Progress Leader, Melbourne (General News)
by Anthony Piovesan

Upgrading schools, public transport and Glenferrie Rd are among the pledges made to sway voters, Anthony Piovesan reports


Nine candidates across Hawthorn and Kew will attempt to break the Liberal Party’s stranglehold in the safe seats.

Both seats were dominated by the Liberals at the last state election.

Hawthorn State Liberal MP John Pesutto was the clear winner in 2014 polling 54.50 per cent of the electorate’s first preference votes.

He will run again in the upcoming state election on Saturday, November 24.

Contesting Mr Pesutto will be John Ormond Kennedy, candidate for the Labor Party.

Nicholas Bieber will run for the Greens, Catherine Wright for the Animal Justice Party, Sophie Paterson for Sustainable Australia and Richard Grummet will run as an independent.

The Hawthorn electorate covers Hawthorn and Hawthorn East and parts of Camberwell, Canterbury and Glen Iris.

Mr Pesutto pledged an elected Liberal Government would invest $130,000 to restore Glenferrie Rd to its “former glory”.

The clean-up would include the removal of graffiti at Glenferrie train station and the installation of planter boxes along the popular Hawthorn strip.

Mr Bieber said he had seen the “destructive” impact of poor mental health services as a social worker and vowed to improve the situation if the Greens were elected.

Kew State Liberal MP Tim Smith won over the public in 2014 polling 57.19 per cent of the electorate’s first preference votes.

Contesting Mr Smith this time around will be Labor Party candidate Marg D’Arcy.

Alex Marks will run for the Greens, Paul Scaturchio will represent Sustainable Australia and Bronwyn Gardiner will run for the Animal Justice Party.

The Kew electorate covers Balwyn North, Deepdene, Kew and Kew East and parts of Balwyn and Canterbury.

Mr Smith vowed to invest $15 million to upgrade three schools in Kew if a Liberal Government was elected. Kew High School, Greythorn Primary School and Kew East Primary School would share in the funding.

Mr Smith promised $6 million to build a long-awaited science, technology, engineering and math centre at Kew High School, $3 million for upgrades to Greythorn Primary School’s teaching spaces and amenities, and $6 million to build new classrooms and administration areas at Kew East Primary School.

The Greens’ Mr Marks wants to stop the North East Link toll road, and instead invest in Bus Rapid Transit, trams and a Doncaster Rail. For voting times and places visit

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