GLOSSARY - M
An electorate where the swing required to unseat the sitting member is very small. The margin involved can vary depending on circumstances; however a seat requiring a swing of 5% or less is usually considered marginal. These electorates are prime targets for candidates and parties at elections.
A member of Parliament who, on the recommendation of the Premier, is appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Executive (i.e. Cabinet) and responsible for one or more areas of government activity. These areas of responsibility are called portfolios and include Health, Education, Treasury and so on.
Polling which is carried out by Electoral Officials who travel to remote areas, hospitals and declared special institutions in a specified period either prior to or on Polling Day. The electors serviced by this form of polling would usually be severely inconvenienced if required to attend a polling place on Polling Day due to remoteness or physical incapacity.