Electoral district of Sydney

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district sydney 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Dates current 1920–1927
MP Alex Greenwich
Party Independent
Area 15.9 km2 (6.1 sq mi)

Sydney is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales in Inner Sydney. It includes the Sydney CBD; the suburbs and localities of Barangaroo, Broadway, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Darlinghurst, Dawes Point, Elizabeth Bay, Haymarket, Millers Point, Paddington, Potts Point, Pyrmont, The Rocks, Woolloomooloo, Wynyard; and parts of Edgecliff, Rushcutters Bay, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Woollahra.

Independent Alex Greenwich has represented the seat since the 2012 Sydney by-election, triggered by the resignation of previous independent Clover Moore, who was the Lord Mayor of Sydney, due to introduced state laws preventing dual membership of state parliament and local council.


In the first Parliament of the New South Wales colony, 1856-57, there was a four-member electoral district called Sydney City with voters casting four votes, and the four leading candidates being elected. In 1859, it was replaced by the four-member districts of East Sydney and West Sydney. In 1894, the three four-member districts of East Sydney, West Sydney and South Sydney (created in 1880) were replaced by ten single-member districts with "Sydney" in their title: Sydney-Belmore, Sydney-Bligh, Sydney-Cook, Sydney-Denison, Sydney-Fitzroy, Sydney-Flinders, Sydney-Gipps, Sydney-King, Sydney-Lang, Sydney-Phillip and Sydney-Pyrmont. From 1904, these electorates were renamed or abolished.

In 1920, the inner-city electoral districts of Belmore, Darlinghurst, King, Paddington, Phillip and Surry Hills were combined to create a new incarnation of Sydney, which elected five members by proportional representation. This was replaced by the single member electorates of King, Paddington, Phillip and Surry Hills for the 1927 election.

Sydney was recreated for the 2007 election, largely replacing the abolished district of Bligh.

Members for Sydney[edit]

First incarnation (1920–1927, 5 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Daniel Levy Nationalist 1920–1927   Arthur Buckley Labor 1920–1922   John Birt Labor 1920–1925   Michael Burke Labor 1920–1922   Patrick Minahan Labor 1920–1925
  Joseph Jackson Nationalist 1922–1927   Greg McGirr Labor 1922–1925
  Young Australia 1925–1925
  Michael Burke Labor 1925–1927   William Holdsworth Labor 1925–1927
  Patrick Minahan Labor 1925–1927  
Second incarnation (2007–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Clover Moore Independent 2007–2012
  Alex Greenwich Independent 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Sydney state by-election, 27 October 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Alex Greenwich 17,687 47.3 +47.3
Liberal Shayne Mallard 11,543 30.9 –5.3
Greens Chris Harris 6,616 17.7 +4.9
Independent Glenn Wall 825 2.2 +2.2
Christian Democrats Robyn Peebles 724 1.9 +0.8
Total formal votes 37,395 97.2 –0.6
Informal votes 1,062 2.8 +0.6
Turnout 38,457 62.6 –21.3
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Alex Greenwich 21,283 63.7 +63.7
Liberal Shayne Mallard 12,120 36.3 –10.6
Independent hold Swing N/A


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