Division of Banks

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BANKS 2016.png
Division of Banks in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP David Coleman
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir Joseph Banks
Electors 104,891 (2016)
Area 53 km2 (20.5 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Banks is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Sir Joseph Banks, the British scientist who accompanied James Cook on his voyage to Australia in 1770. It has always been based in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, including the suburbs of Padstow, Panania, Peakhurst and Revesby.

The division includes the suburbs of Allawah, East Hills, Hurstville, Hurstville Grove, Lugarno, Mortdale, Oatley, Padstow Heights, Panania, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Heights, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights, and South Hurstville; and parts of Bankstown, Beverly Hills, Blakehurst, Carlton, Condell Park, Connells Point, Milperra, Narwee, Padstow, Penshurst, Revesby, and Riverwood.

The current Member for Banks, since the 2013 federal election, is David Coleman, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Up until 2013, it was held since its creation by the Australian Labor Party, but has grown increasingly marginal from the 1990s onward. It was almost lost in 2004, but the 2006 redistribution added areas to the west in Bankstown and Condell Park which strengthened the seat for Labor. These areas were lost in the 2009 redistribution, which pushed Banks into new areas in the east, around Hurstville. Long-term Labor member, Daryl Melham, was defeated at the 2013 federal election by David Coleman. Coleman became the first ever Liberal and non-Labor member of the seat, breaking a 64-year tradition.


Member Party Term
  Dominic Costa Labor 1949–1969
  Vince Martin Labor 1969–1980
  John Mountford Labor 1980–1990
  Daryl Melham Labor 1990–2013
  David Coleman Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Banks[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Coleman 39,423 43.89 −3.83
Labor Chris Gambian 35,890 39.95 +0.08
Greens Philippa Clark 5,225 5.82 +0.77
Christian Democrats Greg Bondar 4,777 5.32 +2.91
Family First Sharon Wu 1,621 1.80 +1.80
Animal Justice Roy Barnes 1,555 1.73 +1.73
Independent Bob Spanswick 1,341 1.49 +1.49
Total formal votes 89,832 93.10 +2.19
Informal votes 6,656 6.90 −2.19
Turnout 96,488 91.99 −3.74
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal David Coleman 46,210 51.44 −1.36
Labor Chris Gambian 43,622 48.56 +1.36
Liberal hold Swing −1.36


  1. ^ Banks, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°58′01″S 151°03′58″E / 33.967°S 151.066°E / -33.967; 151.066