Division of Blaxland
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Blaxland (green) in New South Wales
|Area||62 km2 (23.9 sq mi)|
The Division of Blaxland is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Gregory Blaxland, a farmer and an early Australian explorer of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
The division is based in the western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the working-class suburbs of Bass Hill, Birrong, Carramar, Chester Hill, Condell Park, Fairfield East, Georges Hall, Guildford West, Old Guildford, Lansdowne, Potts Hill, Regents Park, Sefton, Villawood, Woodpark, Yagoona and Yennora and parts of Auburn, Bankstown, Berala, Fairfield, Granville, Guildford, Merrylands, Smithfield and South Granville.
The division has been a safe seat for Labor since its creation; western Sydney has been a Labor heartland for over a century. Its most notable member has been Paul Keating, who was Prime Minister of Australia 1991-96. In 2007, Keating's successor, Michael Hatton, lost preselection for this seat to Jason Clare, who was a staffer for former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Blaxland|
|Palmer United||Zali Burrows||2,119||2.71||+2.71|
|Katter's Australian||Nafez Taleb||1,921||2.46||+2.46|
|Christian Democrats||Juliat Nasr||1,757||2.25||+2.25|
|Democratic Labour||Boutros Zalloua||817||1.05||+1.05|
|Total formal votes||78,177||86.33||+0.39|