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Highlane
高巷
Gāoxiàng
ハイレーン
Hairēn
Craftian House of Representatives Division
Division Details
Created 1986
MP Matt Ruddock
Party United
Namesake Archaic name for region
Electors 108,455
Demographic Outer metropolitan

The Division of Highlane (/ˈhaɪleɪn/ hy-layn) is a Craftian federal division in the state of Jebsten. It was created in 1986 and was first contested at the inaugural federal election. It is named after an archaic name for the region now known as western Notchropolis. Highlane is a calque of the Chinese name Gāoxiàng. The division covers the outer western suburbs of Notchropolis, as its name implies.

The sitting member, since the 2065 by-election, is Matt Ruddock, a member of the National United Party.

History

Highlane has always been anchored in the western outskirts of Notchropolis, a solidly working-class area with historically high crime rates and widespread poverty and socioeconomic disadvantange. In the 21st century, its image has improved significantly, but remains mostly blue-collar and very multicultural. Highlane has never been won by a right-leaning party and has been continuously held by the NUP since the 1994 by-election, making it the United Party's longest-held seat. It is only beaten by the Division of Higgins for the longest streak by a single party (held by the Craftian Conservative Party since 1990). However, since the 2050s, the seat has become increasingly marginal, and was almost lost to the Conservatives at the 2055 and 2064 elections.

Members

# Member Party Term
1 Jonas Monash Liberty 1987–1990
2 Brendan Low Liberty 1990–1994
3 James Herbert United 1994–2002
4 Ivan Lawrence United 2002–2022
5 Louise Hargrave United 2022–2034
6 Kunal Singh United 2034–2040
7 Melissa Worstead United 2040–2055
8 Sheikha Vuong United 2055–2065
9 Matt Ruddock United 2065–

Election results

Craftian federal election, 2070: Highlane
Party Candidate Votes  % ±%
United Matt Ruddock 37,895 41.38 –2.72
Conservative Leighton Wang 24,781 27.06 –1.66
Liberal Ally King 18,929 20.67 +4.60
Greens Tamaki Kanda 3,846 4.20 +2.25
Reform James Melbourne 3,251 3.55 –1.26
RUC–LA Thomas Morton 2,665 2.91 +0.74
Libertarian Joyce Sheng 211 0.23 +0.23
Total formal votes 91,577 93.22 –0.44
Informal votes 6,663 6.78 +0.44
Turnout 98,240 90.58 –2.08
Two-party-preferred result
United Matt Ruddock 51,072 55.77 +1.19
Conservative Leighton Wang 40,505 44.23 –1.19
United hold Swing +1.19