Division of Blaxland

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Blaxland
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Blaxland 2010.png
Division of Blaxland (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Jason Clare
Party Labor
Namesake Gregory Blaxland
Electors 100,284 (2013)[1]
Area 62 km2 (23.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

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.[2]

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 current Member for Blaxland, since the 2007 federal election, is Jason Clare, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

History[edit]

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.[3]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Jim Harrison Labor 1949–1969
  Paul Keating Labor 1969–1996
  Michael Hatton Labor 1996–2007
  Jason Clare Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Blaxland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Jason Clare 43,568 55.73 +4.75
Liberal Anthony Khouri 25,579 32.72 −0.58
Greens John Ky 2,416 3.09 −3.17
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
Informal votes 12,380 13.67 −0.39
Turnout 90,557 90.30 +0.21
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jason Clare 48,025 61.43 −0.80
Liberal Anthony Khouri 30,152 38.57 +0.80
Labor hold Swing −0.80

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blaxland, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Division of Blaxland". Electorate profiles. Australian Electoral Commission. 
  3. ^ Bowe, William. "Blaxland". House of Representatives 2007. The Poll Bludger. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 

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Coordinates: 33°53′17″S 151°00′00″E / 33.888°S 151.000°E / -33.888; 151.000