Division of Greenway

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Greenway
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Greenway 2010.png
Division of Greenway (green) in New South Wales
Created 1984
MP Michelle Rowland
Party Labor
Namesake Francis Greenway
Electors 101,842 (2013)[1]
Area 84 km2 (32.4 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Greenway is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Francis Greenway, an ex-convict who became a prominent architect in colonial Sydney.

The division is located in the west and north-west suburbs of Sydney, traditionally been north and east portions of the Blacktown district. It currently also includes small portions of Holroyd and Parramatta Council areas. Suburbs and towns include Acacia Gardens, Girraween, Glenwood, Kellyville Ridge, Kings Langley, Kings Park, Lalor Park, Parklea, Seven Hills, Stanhope Gardens, The Ponds, Toongabbie and parts of Blacktown, Pendle Hill, Prospect, Quakers Hill, Riverstone, Rouse Hill, Schofields and Vineyard.

The current Member for Greenway, since the 2010 federal election, is Michelle Rowland, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

History[edit]

For most of its history, Greenway was a safe seat for Labor. However, demographic changes in the areas north of Blacktown, specifically Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens and Glenwood, resulted in a shift away from Labor at the 2001 election. At the 2004 election this trend continued and the seat was won by the Liberal Party following the retirement of the sitting member, Frank Mossfield and an extensive Liberal campaign. Louise Markus, a Pentecostal social worker and member of Hillsong Church, defeated Ed Husic, a former political advisor and a non-practicing Muslim, to take the seat by a small margin of 0.6%. A large informal vote of 11.83%, the highest in the 2004 election, contributed to the closeness of this result, the vast majority indicating a first preference for Louise Markus.

A redistribution of the seat ahead of the 2007 federal election resulted in the Hawkesbury area towns moving to Greenway from the Division of Macquarie, and the loss traditional Labor-voting areas such as Blacktown, Dean Park, Lalor Park and Seven Hills as well as the Liberal-leaning areas of Kings Langley and Seven Hills North. This boosted the notional Liberal majority to 11.7%, making it on paper a safe Liberal seat. However, the margin dropped to 4.7% as of the 2007 federal election, when it experienced a 6.9% swing towards Labor and became a marginal Liberal seat.

The seat was redistributed again in 2009, causing a large change in its demographics. Under redistribution, the seat of Greenway lost a major portion of the Liberal voting Hawkesbury region including the cities of Richmond and Windsor. In return, Greenway gained the Labor voting suburbs of Toongabbie, Seven Hills and Pendle Hill.[2] Following the redistribution, the seat was notionally Labor held on a margin of 5%.[3]

The division is a demographically diverse population that includes the working class suburbs of Blacktown, Lalor Park and Toongabbie which are Labor leaning, as well as the high income, Liberal leaning suburbs of Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens, Glenwood, The Ponds and Kings Langley.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Russ Gorman Labor 1984–1996
  Frank Mossfield Labor 1996–2004
  Louise Markus Liberal 2004–2010
  Michelle Rowland Labor 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Greenway[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Michelle Rowland 38,319 44.48 +2.16
Liberal Jaymes Diaz 34,488 40.04 −1.30
Palmer United Jodie Wootton 3,483 4.04 +4.04
Christian Democrats Allan Green 3,253 3.78 +0.10
Greens Chris Brentin 3,175 3.69 −2.32
Sex Party Tom Lillicrap 1,516 1.76 +1.76
Rise Up Australia Maree Nichols 681 0.79 +0.79
Katter's Australian Anthony Belcastro 681 0.79 +0.79
Australian Voice Jamie Cavanough 545 0.63 +0.63
Total formal votes 86,141 90.02 +0.29
Informal votes 9,549 9.98 −0.29
Turnout 95,690 93.96 −0.23
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michelle Rowland 45,639 52.98 +2.10
Liberal Jaymes Diaz 40,502 47.02 −2.10
Labor hold Swing +2.10

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Coordinates: 33°43′59″S 150°54′47″E / 33.733°S 150.913°E / -33.733; 150.913