In the community

About Goldstein

The Goldstein Electorate was created in 1984 and covers 50 km² in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The western boundary follows the coastline of Port Phillip Bay, representing a true asset for our community as a place of leisure and beauty. The electorate includes Beaumaris, Bentleigh (part), Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Caulfield South, Cheltenham (part), Elsternwick (part), Glen Huntly (part), Hampton, Hampton East, Highett (part), Ormond (part) and Sandringham.

Over 100,000 people call Goldstein their home, attracted to some of Melbourne’s most iconic suburbs. Most residents leave Goldstein daily for work, so transport infrastructure is vital for our community.

Goldstein is home to the world renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club, venue for the Australian Open Golf Championship, providing our state with another opportunity to showcase its strong sporting culture.

Vida Goldstein

Pronounciation: /ɡəʊld-stʌɪn/  Gold-stine

Goldstein is named in honour of Vida Goldstein, who became the first woman to contest a national election anywhere in the British Empire when she contested the Victorian Senate in 1903.

She was a powerful advocate for equal rights and pay, arbitration and conciliation as well as general rights for women. Vida Goldstein is an inspiration for all who live in the Goldstein Electorate. She was someone who stood up for her beliefs and paved the way for women to enter our political system.

Former Members

Hon Andrew Robb AO: 2004 – 2016

Former federal director of the Liberal Party, the Hon Andrew Robb AO served from 2004 – 2016. Robb’s time as Minister for Trade and Investment included carriage of final negotiations for the Korean, Japan and China Free Trade Agreements.

Hon Dr David Kemp: 1990 – 2004

Hon Dr David Kemp served as MP for Goldstein from 1990 until retiring at the 2004 election. A senior Cabinet minister throughout most of the Howard government, Kemp’s portfolios included Education, Training and Youth Affairs and Environment and Heritage.

Hon Ian Macphee AO: 1974 – 1990

Hon Ian Macphee AO served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1974 until 1990, and took the seat of Goldstein when it was formed in 1984. He is best known for his contributions to developing Australian multiculturalism, and held the ministerial portfolios of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs as well as Employment and Youth Affairs.