Division of Bradfield
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Bradfield (green) in New South Wales
|Area||99 km2 (38.2 sq mi)|
The Division of Bradfield is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named in honour of Dr John Bradfield, the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The electorate is located in the upper North Shore and covers an area of approximately 99 km2 border east from Cowan Creek and Middle Harbour Creek to include the suburbs of St Ives Chase, St Ives, East Killara, East Lindfield and Roseville Chase. The southern side border includes Roseville and Lindfield till the Lane Cove River crossing at Fullers Bridge. The western border moves northwest including West Lindfield, West Killara, West Pymble, South Turramurra to Thornleigh. The North Shore railway line marks the northern bordering along with the Pacific Hwy, Ku-ring-gai Chase Rd and Cockle Creek. Suburbs include Gordon, Lindfield, Pymble, Killara, Wahroonga, Waitara and Hornsby.
History and demographics
Bradfield was created in the 1949 expansion of Parliament. Its first member was Billy Hughes, a former Prime Minister of Australia and the last serving member of the first federal Parliament. The bulk of the seat was carved out of North Sydney, which Hughes represented from 1923 to 1949. After Hughes, its best-known member was Brendan Nelson, a minister in the third and fourth Howard Governments and the federal Leader of the Opposition from 2007 to 2008.
Located in the traditional Liberal stronghold of Sydney's North Shore, Bradfield has been in Liberal hands for its entire existence, and for most of that time has been reckoned as a very safe Liberal seat. Indeed, for many years it was the safest Coalition seat in metropolitan Australia. As of the 2013 federal election, Bradfield is now the second-safest, behind neighboring Mitchell, with a 20 percent swing required for Labor to win it.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Bradfield|
|Palmer United||Blake Buchanan||2,366||2.67||+2.67|
|Christian Democrats||John Archer||1,671||1.88||+1.88|
|Democratic Labour||Paul Harrold||992||1.12||+1.12|
|Total formal votes||88,684||94.26||−1.64|
- "Bradfield, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Profile of the electoral division of Bradfield (NSW)". Australian Electoral Commission. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- Green, Antony (2010). "Bradfield". Australia votes 2010. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.