THE swing against Labor MP Catherine King at last Saturday’s federal election came off the back of big trends across Ballarat, from Miners Rest in the north to Magpie in the south.
Nineteen individual polling booths in the Ballarat electorate, plus two hospital booths, recorded swings larger than the 7.08 per cent two-party preferred trend against Ms King.
Just six booths went against the majority opinion and provided a swing to Ms King.
Magpie witnessed one of the biggest swings to Liberal candidate John Fitzgibbon, with a huge 15.93 per cent swing against Ms King.
That swing was helped by the relatively small turnout in the booth of 346 voters.
Other swings that registered over 10 per cent away from the incumbent came from booths at Mt Pleasant, Brown Hill, Myrniong, Napoleons and Ross Creek.
Magpie resident Janette Anderson said she voted Labor and wasn’t aware of any overriding mood for change when she voted at the booth.
She said no one was talking about who they voted for.
“I’ve always voted Labor. I was worried about the changes to the tax benefits with the Liberals,” she said.
The largest turnout of voters in the Ballarat electorate came at the St Andrew’s Hall booth on Dawson St, with 16,273 voters.
That booth provided the engine room of the swing against Labor, with the vote almost split on two-party preferred at 51-49 in favour of the Liberal Party.
Postal votes came in mostly in favour of Ms King, with a 55-45 per cent split.
The informal vote is hovering at just over four per cent, up 0.3 per cent from the last federal election.