Division of Barton
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Barton (green) in New South Wales
|Namesake||Sir Edmund Barton|
|Area||44 km2 (17.0 sq mi)|
The division has always been based in the inner southern suburbs of Sydney, and currently includes the suburbs of Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carss Park, Dolls Point, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Monterey, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Turrella and Wolli Creek and parts of Beverly Hills, Carlton, Earlwood and Kingsgrove.
For most of its history, Barton has been a marginal seat. It was held by the Australian Labor Party for most of the time after 1940, though it has been taken by the Liberals (or their predecessors) at high-tide elections.
Barton's most prominent member has been Dr H. V. Evatt, who was Leader of the Australian Labor Party between 1951 and 1960. Evatt nearly lost the seat in 1951 and 1955, and in 1958 he transferred to the safe seat of Hunter. A former minister in the Hawke and Keating ministries, Gary Punch, held the seat for Labor between 1983 and 1986. Robert McClelland, a former Attorney-General, held the seat for Labor between 1996 and 2013.
The Division of Barton is linked to one of the more unusual episodes in Australian politics. The first member for Barton, Labor's Frederick McDonald, disappeared after his 1925 defeat by Nationalist Thomas Ley, and it is now believed that Ley had him murdered. Ley was later found to be insane and died in Broadmoor Asylum in Britain.
|Albert Lane||United Australia||1931–1940|
|H. V. Evatt||Labor||1940–1958|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Barton|
|Palmer United||Edward Caruana||3,114||3.89||+3.89|
|Christian Democrats||Kylie French||1,549||1.94||+1.94|
|One Nation||Perry Theo||686||0.86||+0.86|
|Katter's Australian||Rodney Wyse||567||0.71||+0.71|
|Total formal votes||80,001||87.96||−2.22|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+7.17|