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Danby clinches Melbourne Ports

11 Aug 2016

Danby clinches Melbourne Ports Image

By Sunny Liu

Michael Danby has again retained his seat for Melbourne Ports this election, despite a 2.18 per cent swing towards the Liberal Party and a 3.62 per cent gain by the Greens.

Melbourne Ports has been a Labor-held seat since Federation. It is the fourth time that Mr Danby has been returned as the Member.

“It’s an incredible seat, Melbourne Ports. Very culturally-diverse, highly educated and politically engaged. It’s not easy to reconcile the different points of view but it’s a pleasure to represent this great community,” Mr Danby said in a media release.

There has been a decline in Mr Danby’s primary vote in the past two elections. He has been regularly engaging in fights against the Greens over their support of Palestine.

During his election campaign, Mr Danby handed out how-to-vote materials that preferenced Liberal Owen Guest over the Greens’ Steph Hodgins-May. His outspoken criticism against the Greens triggered clashes between the two parties’ volunteers at voting booths.

“This was without doubt the most ugly campaign that has ever been mounted against me in my 18 years in the job, with many fly-in-fly-out campaigners from north of the Yarra,” Mr Danby said.

The Greens were contacted but did not provide comment.

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