Division of Bradfield

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Bradfield
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Bradfield 2010.png
Division of Bradfield (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Paul Fletcher
Party Liberal
Namesake John Bradfield
Electors 100,493 (2013)[1]
Area 99 km2 (38.2 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

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,[2] the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The electorate is located in the upper North Shore and covers an area of approximately 99 sq km 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.

The current Member for Bradfield, since the 2009 Bradfield by-election, is Paul Fletcher, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.

History and demographics[edit]

Bradfield's first member was Billy Hughes, a former Prime Minister of Australia and the last serving member of the first federal Parliament. 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.[3] 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.[1]

As at the 2011 Census, households within the Division of Bradfield had the highest level of median weekly household income of any electorate in Australia.[4]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Billy Hughes Liberal 1949–1952
  Harry Turner Liberal 1952–1974
  David Connolly Liberal 1974–1996
  Brendan Nelson Liberal 1996–2009
  Paul Fletcher Liberal 2009–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Bradfield[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Paul Fletcher 57,506 64.84 +0.39
Labor Chris Haviland 14,720 16.60 −2.62
Greens Pippa McInnes 11,429 12.89 −3.45
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
Informal votes 5,401 5.74 +1.64
Turnout 94,085 93.62 +0.22
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Paul Fletcher 62,771 70.78 +2.60
Labor Chris Haviland 25,913 29.22 −2.60
Liberal hold Swing +2.60

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Coordinates: 33°43′55″S 151°08′46″E / 33.732°S 151.146°E / -33.732; 151.146