Election held on 29 November 2014
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|Party Name||First preference vote n||First preference vote share %||Change from previous election %||Seats won n||Uncontested seats held n||Seat share %|
|Australian Labor Party||1,278,322||38.10||+1.84||47||0||53.41|
|Australian Country Alliance||43,038||1.28||*||0|
|Rise Up Australia Party||20,795||0.62||*||0|
|Voice for the West||16,584||0.49||*||0|
|Australian Sex Party||8,930||0.27||-0.28||0|
|Animal Justice Party||7,778||0.23||*||0|
|Democratic Labor Party||2,799||0.08||-0.81||0|
|Shooters and Fishers Party||2,622||0.08||*||0|
|People Power Victoria - No Smart Meters||1,375||0.04||*||0|
|Basics Rock N Roll Party||1,043||0.03||*||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||0||0.00||0.00|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous Legislative Assembly election in 2010. The sudden resignation of Premier Baillieu as Leader of the Liberal Party on 6 March 2013 was linked to the defection of Geoffrey Shaw from the parliamentary Liberal Party to sit as an Independent, with the effect of depriving the Baillieu government of its working majority in parliament. The Speaker was a member of the Liberal Party and could only vote if the numbers were tied so that he could use his casting vote; if Shaw voted with the Labor Party the result would be 43 for the governing coalition and 44 for the Labor Party.
Shaw had threatened to cross the floor and vote down the Liberal Party and National Party coalition government unless Baillieu resigned as Premier. Premier Ballieu had been facing public criticism of his polices, dissatisfaction from within his party caucus, and faced a popular Australian Labor Party opposition. For analysis of Baillieu's resignation and its context, see Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Political Chronicle, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59 (4) December 2013: 630-636.
After a series of negotiations, Napthine was chosen as leader of the Liberal Party and commissioned as Premier of a Liberal Party and National Party coalition minority government on 6 March 2013, to be supported by Shaw as an Independent.
This arrangement proved to be contentious with repeated disputes in parliament between Shaw and the coalition parties, some of which came close to prompting an early election; see Economou, 289-291 in 'References', below. At this Assembly election in 2014, Shaw, contesting his seat of Frankston as an Independent, was defeated by the endorsed Liberal Party candidate.
Government in office after election: At the 2014 Victorian Assembly election, the Napthine Liberal Party and National Party coalition minority government lost 7 seats (the Liberal Party lost 5 and the National Party, 2). The Australian Labor Party won an additional 4 seats to give it 47 seats and a 3 seat majority in the Assembly. The Australian Greens won their first 2 seats in the Victorian Assembly, and an Independent, Suzanna Sheed was elected to the electoral district of Shepparton. Andrews, the leader of the Labor Party, was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government on 3 December 2014.
Australian Greens: The Australian Greens fielded candidates for all 88 Victorian Assembly seats and won their first seats at this Assembly general election in 2014; Sam Hibbins won the seat of Prahran, and Ellen Sandell won the seat of Melbourne. The party had contested Victorian Assembly elections since 1992, first as the Greens (in 1992 and 1996) and then, after a reorganization, as the Australian Greens from 1999. The Australian Greens first won a House of Representatives seat in Victoria in 2010.
Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all 91 candidates who registered as Independents or left their party affiliation blank, and are shown as votes for 'other candidates' by the Victorian Electoral Commission. Suzanna Sheed was elected as an Independent from the electoral district of Shepparton, a seat long held by the National Party.
Australian Country Alliance: The party had contested the 2010 Victorian Assembly election under the name Country Alliance but at this Assembly election in 2014 had changed its name to the Australian Country Alliance. It fielded 38 candidates at this election and gained 1.3 percent of the first preference votes, a fraction fewer votes than its predecessor had won at the 2010 election.
Australian Christians: This party was committed to Christian principles and pro-family and pro-life policies, and had contested seats at some state and federal elections since March 2013. The party had some organizational links with the Christian Democratic Party and had fielded Senate candidates in all states except New South Wales (where the Christian Democratic Party had representation in the state parliament) The party endorsed 30 candidates at this Victorian Assembly election in 2014.
Rise up Australia Party: This party was founded in 2011 by Daniel Nalliah, who was opposed to multiculturalism. The party's general orientation was nationalist and conservative; the pary fielded 30 candidates at this Assembly election in 2014.
Voice for the West: The party was concerned with community issues and poor government services in Western Melbourne; it endorsed 14 candidates from seats in Western Melbourne but none won a seat.
Shooters and Fishers Party: The Shooters and Fishers Party was the successor to the Shooters Party which had contested Senate elections in some states since 1993 and had elected members to the New South Wales Legislative Council since 1995. This election was the first time that the Shooters and Fishers Party (or its predecessor) had contested a Victorian Assembly general election. The party fielded 3 candidates at this Assembly election in 2014.
Basics Rock N Roll Party: The party was formed by a rock band in support of policies to protect the environment and further social justice; there was only one candidate for this party at this Assembly election in 2014.
References: A survey and analysis of the election and its context can be found in Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Australian Political Chronicle, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 61 (2) June 2015: 289-296. For an extensive study, see, Parliament of Victoria, Research Paper No. 1, June 2015, in 'Sources', below.
Parliament of Victoria, Department of Parliamentary Services, Parliamentary Library & Information Service, The 2014 Victorian State Election, Research No. 1, June 2015, prepared by Bella Lesman, Rachel Macreadie, Catriona Ross, and Paige Darby, (Melbourne: 2015, ISBN ISSN (Print) 2204-4752 (Online) 2204-4760) online here [accessed 11 May 2018].
Adam Carr, 'Fifty-eighth Parliament Elected 29 November 2014', in 'Legislative Assembly Elections', Victorian Elections Since 1843, Psephos: Adam Carr's Election Archive, online here [11 May 2018].