Division of Barton
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir Edmund Barton|
|Area||40 km2 (15.4 sq mi)|
The division has always been based in the inner southern suburbs of Sydney, and currently includes the suburbs of Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Park, Bardwell Valley, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Clemton Park, Earlwood, Kyeemagh, Rockdale, Tempe, Turrella, Undercliffe, and Wolli Creek; as well as parts of Belmore, Beverly Hills, Campsie, Canterbury, Carlton, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Hurstville, Kingsgrove, Kogarah, Marrickville, and Penshurst.
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. After seeing his majority more than halved in 1949 and nearly being defeated in 1951 and 1955, 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 1996. Robert McClelland, Attorney-General in the Rudd and Gillard governments, 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.
Nickolas Varvaris won the seat for the Liberals at the 2013 federal election, achieving a two-party swing of 7.2 percent in Barton to finish with a two-party vote of just 50.3 percent, which made Barton the government's most marginal seat in the country.
A redistribution prior to the 2016 federal election erased Varvaris' majority and gave Labor a notional margin of 54.4 percent. It was not until under on-going pressure in May 2016 that Varvaris eventually confirmed his intention to re-contest the seat. Former state deputy opposition leader Linda Burney contested the seat for Labor and won on a swing of 3.9 percent, making it a fairly safe Labor seat.
|Albert Lane||United Australia||1931–1940|
|H. V. Evatt||Labor||1940–1958|
|Christian Democrats||Sonny Susilo||3,714||4.23||+2.16|
|Online Direct Democracy||Harry Tsoukalas||1,095||1.25||+1.25|
|Total formal votes||87,702||91.65||+3.56|
- O'Neill, Margot; Evans, Brett (26 April 2004). "Lateline History Challenge: Minister for Murder" (transcript). Lateline. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- 2013 federal election results: AEC
- 2016 election pendulum: Antony Green ABC
- Barton - 2016 federal election: Antony Green ABC
- Liberal MP Nick Varvaris can't decide whether to recontest: SMH 29 April 2016
- Barton, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.