Electoral district of Parramatta

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Location within Sydney

Parramatta is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is currently held by Geoff Lee of the Liberal Party of Australia. A safe Labor seat for most of its history, it is now technically a safe Liberal seat.

The Australian House of Representatives also has an electoral division of the same name, held by Labor's Julie Owens.

The state seat of Parramatta is a 36.29km² urban electorate in Sydney's inner north-west, roughly analogous to the City of Parramatta, taking in the suburbs of Camellia, Clyde, Dundas, Dundas Valley, Ermington, Harris Park, Mays Hill, Melrose Park, North Parramatta, Oatlands, Parramatta, Rosehill, Rydalmere and Westmead.

History[edit]

Parramatta is one of the two electorates, along with Murrumbidgee, to have existed continuously since the first Legislative Assembly election in 1856. It elected two members simultaneously from 1856 to 1880. In 1920, it absorbed Granville and elected three members under proportional representation. In 1927, it was divided into the single-member electorates of Parramatta, Granville and Auburn.

For most of its single member history since 1927 and prior to 2011 Parramatta was held by the ALP. Prior to 2011 it was last held by the Liberals by John Books in 1988-91. The Liberal Party had hopes of winning back the seat at the 1994 by-election when it was a marginal ALP seat but the ALP retain the seat with a huge swing towards it and thereby transforming it into a safe ALP seat.

Ironically it was still a safe ALP seat when the Liberal Party's Geoff Lee won the seat at the 2011 election.

Members for Parramatta[edit]

Two members (1856—1880)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Henry Parker None 1856–1857   George Oakes None 1856–1860
  James Byrnes None 1858–1861  
    John Lackey None 1860–1864
  Arthur Holroyd None 1861–1864
  James Byrnes None 1864–1872   James Farnell None 1864–1874
  Hugh Taylor None 1872–1880  
  Charles Byrnes None 1874–1877
  William Long None 1877–1880
Single-member (1880—1920)
Member Party Term
  Charles Byrnes None 1880–1882
  Hugh Taylor None 1882–1887
  Free Trade 1887–1894
  Dowell O'Reilly Independent Free Trade 1894–1895
  Free Trade 1895–1898
  William Ferris Protectionist 1898–1901
  Tom Moxham Liberal Reform 1901–1916
  Albert Bruntnell Liberal Reform 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
Three members (1920—1927)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Albert Bruntnell Nationalist 1920–1927   Bill Ely Labor 1920–1922   Jack Lang Labor 1920–1927
  Thomas Morrow Nationalist 1922–1925
  Bill Ely Labor 1925–1927
Single-member (1927—present)
Member Party Term
  Albert Bruntnell Nationalist 1927–1929
  Herbert Lloyd Nationalist 1929–1930
  Joseph Byrne Labor 1930–1932
  George Gollan United Australia 1932–1945
  Liberal 1945–1953
  Kevin Morgan Labor 1953–1956
  Jim Clough Liberal 1956–1959
  Dan Mahoney Labor 1959–1976
  Barry Wilde Labor 1976–1988
  John Books Liberal 1988–1991
  Andrew Ziolkowski Labor 1991–1994
  Gabrielle Harrison Labor 1994–2003
  Tanya Gadiel Labor 2003–2011
  Geoff Lee Liberal 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Parramatta[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Geoff Lee 21,673 48.4 +19.6
Labor Pierre Esber 12,425 27.7 -23.6
Greens Phil Bradley 3,806 8.5 +1.8
Independent Michael McDermott 3,282 7.3 +7.3
Christian Democrats Peter Magee 1,674 3.7 -1.7
Socialist Alliance Duncan Roden 706 1.6 +1.6
Family First Thomas Katsoulas 622 1.4 +1.4
Independent Kon Paraskevopoulos 438 1.0 +1.0
Robert Aiken 152 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 44,778 96.2 -0.7
Informal votes 1,753 3.8 +0.7
Turnout 46,531 90.7
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Geoff Lee 23,669 62.1 +25.8
Labor Pierre Esber 14,464 37.9 -25.8
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +25.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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