Division of Grayndler

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Grayndler 2010.png
Division of Grayndler (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Anthony Albanese
Party Labor
Namesake Edward Grayndler
Electors 104,808 (2013)[1]
Area 32 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Grayndler is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Edward Grayndler (1867–1943), a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1921 to 1934 and 1936 to 1943, and General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union from 1912 to 1941.

At 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi), it is one of Australia's smallest electorates, located in the inner-southern Sydney metropolitan area, including parts of the inner-west. The electorate includes the suburbs of Annandale, Ashfield, Dulwich Hill, Canterbury, Enmore, Haberfield, Hurlstone Park, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, Stanmore and Summer Hill.

The current Member for Grayndler, since the 1996 federal election, is Anthony Albanese, a member of the Australian Labor Party. Following the 2013 election, the division is the safest Labor seat in Australia, with a two-party preferred swing of 21 percent required for the Liberals to win it.[1]


The division was originally a solidly working-class area, although migration and gentrification have since radically changed its demography. Despite the demographic changes, it has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence; the Liberals have only once received 40 percent of the two-party vote. Grayndler also has a very high percentage of Australian Greens voters with 23 percent of the primary vote at the 2013 election.

Its most prominent members have been Fred Daly, who was a Cabinet minister in the Whitlam government, and Leo McLeay, who was Speaker of the House 1989–93. Daly was succeeded by Gough Whitlam's son, Tony Whitlam, who served only one term before the neighbouring Division of Lang was abolished, and lost preselection to that sitting member. According to the ABC, "When Graham Richardson resigned from the Ministry over the Marshall Islands affair before the 1993 election, left-wing power-broker Anthony Albanese organised for Jeannette McHugh to replace him in the Ministry. Being a Minister entitled her to a seat, and as her own seat of Phillip had been abolished, she moved to Grayndler, forcing Leo McLeay to move to the neighbouring seat of Watson. Having delivered the seat to the left, Albanese was rewarded with pre-selection in 1996, winning despite a high profile campaign by No Aircraft Noise," [2] and is still the sitting member today.


Member Party Term
  Fred Daly Labor 1949–1975
  Tony Whitlam Labor 1975–1977
  Frank Stewart Labor 1977–1979
  Leo McLeay Labor 1979–1993
  Jeannette McHugh Labor 1993–1996
  Anthony Albanese Labor 1996–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Grayndler[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Anthony Albanese 42,009 47.20 +1.11
Liberal Cedric Spencer 21,981 24.70 +0.46
Greens Hall Greenland 20,498 23.03 −2.87
Christian Democrats Joshua Green 1,828 2.05 +2.05
Palmer United Mohanadas Balasingham 1,522 1.71 +1.71
Bullet Train Joel Scully 1,171 1.32 +1.32
Total formal votes 89,009 93.00 +0.08
Informal votes 6,699 7.00 −0.08
Turnout 95,708 91.32 +0.01
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anthony Albanese 62,613 70.34 −0.29
Liberal Cedric Spencer 26,396 29.66 +0.29
Labor hold Swing −0.29


  1. ^ a b c "Grayndler, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Grayndler Electorate Profile". 2004 Federal Election (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2004. 

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Coordinates: 33°53′49″S 151°08′53″E / 33.897°S 151.148°E / -33.897; 151.148