Division of Banks

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Banks 2010.png
Division of Banks (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP David Coleman
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir Joseph Banks
Electors 101,500 (2013)[1]
Area 49 km2 (18.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Banks is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Sir Joseph Banks, the British scientist who accompanied James Cook on his voyage to Australia in 1770. It has always been based in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, including the suburbs of Padstow, Panania, Peakhurst and Revesby.

The division includes the suburbs of Allawah, Blakehurst, Connells Point, Hurstville, Hurstville Grove, South Hurstville, Kyle Bay, Lugarno, Mortdale, Oatley, Padstow Heights, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Heights, and Penshurst, and parts of Bankstown, Beverly Hills, Carlton, Kingsgrove, Narwee, Padstow, Punchbowl, Revesby and Riverwood.

The current Member for Banks, since the 2013 federal election, is David Coleman, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Up until 2013, it was held since its creation by the Australian Labor Party, but has grown increasingly marginal from the 1990s onward. It was almost lost in 2004, but the 2006 redistribution added areas to the west in Bankstown and Condell Park which strengthened the seat for Labor. These areas were lost in the 2009 redistribution, which pushed Banks into new areas in the east, around Hurstville. Long-term Labor member, Daryl Melham, was defeated at the 2013 federal election by David Coleman. Coleman became the first ever Liberal and non-Labor member of the seat, breaking a 64-year tradition.


Member Party Term
  Dominic Costa Labor 1949–1969
  Vince Martin Labor 1969–1980
  John Mountford Labor 1980–1990
  Daryl Melham Labor 1990–2013
  David Coleman Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Banks[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Coleman 39,899 47.01 +1.49
Labor Daryl Melham 34,835 41.04 −1.92
Greens Paul Spight 4,242 5.00 −4.61
Palmer United Jake Wellham 2,125 2.50 +2.50
Christian Democrats Mark Falanga 1,983 2.34 +2.34
Independent Sayed Khedr 768 0.90 +0.90
Katter's Australian Ross Richardson 553 0.65 +0.65
Democratic Labour Robert Haddad 470 0.55 +0.55
Total formal votes 84,875 90.05 −1.58
Informal votes 9,374 9.95 +1.58
Turnout 94,249 92.86 +0.16
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal David Coleman 43,990 51.83 +3.28
Labor Daryl Melham 40,885 48.17 −3.28
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +3.28


  1. ^ a b "Banks, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°58′01″S 151°03′58″E / 33.967°S 151.066°E / -33.967; 151.066