Victoria now has a Coalition government with a swing against the Brumby Government of more than 6 percent against it across the state.
Prahran MP Tony Lupton — a well known supporter of the GLBTI community — was among the casualties, losing his seat to Liberal Clem Newton-Brown.
Newton-Brown, who is personally in favour of same-sex marriage and marched in Victoria’s annual Pride March in St Kilda, won the seat with 54.8 percent of the primary vote compared to 45.2 percent for Lupton.
Sitting Labor MPs Richard Wynne and Bronwyn Pike held their seats of Richmond and Melbourne respectively, with Liberal preferences pushing Greens candidates Brian Walters and Kathleen Maltzahn out of contention.
Walters had promised, if elected, to introduce a same-sex marriage bill in the Victorian parliament.
Before the election the Coalition promised they would invest $4 million in mental health and suicide initiatives to target GLBT young people and an additional $200,000 research grant to study the effects of accelerated aging in people living with HIV.
Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby convenor Sarah Rogan said although the $4 million promise for GLBT youth suicide was welcome, there was concern adoption reform for rainbow families in Victoria may not eventuate.
“Baillieu has said he doesn’t support same-sex adoption and [John] Brumby said he did support a review, so that’s definitely been pushed back quite a long way and will be difficult to get traction,” Rogan said.
It’s thought the Coalition has made solid gains in the Upper House, with counting still going on.
There has been speculation the conservative Country Alliance party may be an outside chance to gain a seat and could potentiallyhold the balance of power.
“It’ll be a disappointing result for the GLBTI community with [a conservative] balance of power,” Rogan said.
“But we’ve worked against the odds before and we will continue to unabated.”
Rogan said $400,000 funding promised by Labor for a GLBTI advocacy group, funding for anti-violence projects and anti-homophobia campaigns, and a Coalition pledge to increase the Victoria Police’s random search powers as a potential losses for the community.
She also raised concerns about past Coalition opposition to amending exemptions in the state’s Equal Opportunity legislation.
Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu opposes same-sex marriage, however is supportive of Victoria’s Relationship’s Register for same-sex couples.