Electoral district of Lara

VictoriaLegislative Assembly

Location of Lara (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Created 2002
MP John Eren
Party Australian Labor Party
Electors 43,000 (2014)
Area 702 km2 (271.0 sq mi)
Demographic Mixed urban and rural

Lara is a seat in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers much of the area between the western suburbs of Melbourne and the regional city of Geelong. As a result, many of the voters come from Melbourne suburbs such as Wyndham Vale and the very northern suburbs of Geelong, including Lara, Bell Post Hill and Corio. The district also includes the country towns of Anakie, Balliang and Little River but these add very few voters to the district.

The electorate was created at the 2002 state election, replacing the abolished Geelong North. A safe Labor seat like its predecessor, it was easily won by Peter Loney, formerly the MP for Geelong North. Loney faced a preselection challenge ahead of the 2006 election from upper house member John Eren, whose seat was being abolished as part of sweeping government reforms to the chamber. Facing certain defeat at the hands of the factionally connected Eren, Loney chose to retire. Eren faced little challenge in the general election, and was easily returned as the new member for Lara.

Members for Lara

  Peter Loney Labor 2002–2006
  John Eren Labor 2006–present

Election results

Victorian state election, 2014: Lara
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor John Eren 21,457 55.9 +2.9
Liberal Tony McManus 11,090 28.9 −2.3
Greens Gregory Lacey 3,413 8.9 +0.5
Family First Rami Fosberry 1,256 3.3 −1.6
Country Alliance George Reed 1,148 3.0 +0.8
Total formal votes 38,364 95.4 +0.9
Informal votes 1,851 4.6 −0.9
Turnout 40,215 93.5 +3.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor John Eren 25,746 67.1 +3.3
Liberal Tony McManus 12,618 32.9 −3.3
Labor hold Swing +3.3

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