Division of Blaxland

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BLAXLAND 2016.png
Division of Blaxland in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Jason Clare
Party Labor
Namesake Gregory Blaxland
Electors 103,539 (2016)
Area 61 km2 (23.6 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Blaxland is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Gregory Blaxland, a farmer and an early Australian explorer of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.[1]

The division is based in the western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the working-class suburbs of Bass Hill, Berala, Birrong, Chester Hill, Georges Hall, Lansdowne, Lansvale, Potts Hill, Regents Park, Sefton, Villawood, and Yagoona; and parts of the business park and airport at Bankstown Aerodrome; as well as parts of Auburn, Bankstown, Canley Vale, Carramar, Condell Park, Guildford, Lidcombe, Merrylands, South Granville, Villawood, and Yennora.

The current Member for Blaxland, since the 2007 federal election, is Jason Clare, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


The division has been a safe seat for Labor since its creation; western Sydney has been a Labor heartland for over a century. Its most notable member has been Paul Keating, who was Prime Minister of Australia 1991-96. In 2007, Keating's successor, Michael Hatton, lost preselection for this seat to Jason Clare, who was a staffer for former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.[2] Notably in 2017, the division had the highest percentage of "No" responses in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, with 73.9% of the electorate's respondents to the survey responding "No".[3]


Member Party Term
  Jim Harrison Labor 1949–1969
  Paul Keating Labor 1969–1996
  Michael Hatton Labor 1996–2007
  Jason Clare Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Blaxland[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jason Clare 50,572 63.31 +8.07
Liberal Felicity Findlay 19,825 24.82 −8.49
Christian Democrats Clint Nasr 4,810 6.02 +3.91
Greens Suzan Virago 3,698 4.63 +1.34
Socialist Equality Gabriela Zabala 980 1.23 +1.23
Total formal votes 79,885 88.45 +1.81
Informal votes 10,429 11.55 −1.81
Turnout 90,314 87.23 −3.22
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jason Clare 55,507 69.48 +8.24
Liberal Felicity Findlay 24,378 30.52 −8.24
Labor hold Swing +8.24


  1. ^ "Division of Blaxland". Electorate profiles. Australian Electoral Commission. 
  2. ^ Bowe, William. "Blaxland". House of Representatives 2007. The Poll Bludger. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 Response Final". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 15 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Blaxland, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°53′17″S 151°00′00″E / 33.888°S 151.000°E / -33.888; 151.000