Electoral district of Strathfield
Strathfield is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It was first created in 1988, and derives its name from the suburb of the same name. Strathfield is an urban electorate, covering 19 km² and taking in the suburbs of Ashfield, Belfield, Burwood Heights, Burwood, Croydon, Enfield, Homebush, Homebush West, Strathfield, Strathfield South and Summer Hill. In April 1999, there were 44,861 people enrolled within the electorate. As at February 2013, a total of 50,885 were enrolled. On 19 September 2013, redistribution of the boundaries of the Strathfield electorate were finalised and gazetted with a projected estimate of 52,496 persons enrolled. The new boundaries will take effect at the NSW election in March 2015.
Strathfield, while traditionally a marginal electorate, tended to favour the Liberal Party of Australia in its earlier years. It was first won by Liberal Paul Zammit, who later went on to have a short-lived and unremarkable career as a Liberal member of the federal House of Representatives. Zammit later contested the federal seat as an independent and was badly defeated on the issue of airports and air traffic over the area. Zammit was succeeded by Liberal Bruce MacCarthy, who was defeated after one term. His successor, Paul Whelan, was a prominent sitting minister in the Carr government who had shifted to Strathfield from the abolished seat of Ashfield, and subsequently served as Police Minister while the member for Strathfield. The seat has tended to lean towards Labor ever since, with Whelan being succeeded by Virginia Judge then Judge being defeated at the 2011 State election by Liberal and current member Charles Casuscelli.
Members for Strathfield
|New South Wales state election, 2011: Strathfield|
|Christian Democrats||Bill Shailer||1,268||2.9||-0.4|
|Total formal votes||43,828||97.3||0.0|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+19.5|
- "Electoral District of Strathfield". NSW Government. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011.