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.
MPJason Clare
NamesakeGregory Blaxland
Electors105,422 (2019)
Area61 km2 (23.6 sq mi)
DemographicInner 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 Airport; 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 comfortably safe seat for Labor since its creation; western Sydney has been a Labor heartland for over a century. It was created in 1949 as a notional Lang Labor seat, reflecting its but the official ALP narrowly won it over former NSW Premier Jack Lang. This is the only election at which (official) Labor has won less than 56 percent of the two-party vote, as well as the only one in which it did not win an outright majority on the first count. Presently, it is the safest Labor seat in Australia, with a 19.5 percent swing required for the Liberals to win it.

Its most notable member has been Paul Keating, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1991 until 1996 after having previously served as Treasurer of Australia from 1983 until 1991. 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]

2019 Australian federal election: Blaxland[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jason Clare 41,519 59.13 −4.18
Liberal Oz Guney 19,744 28.12 +3.30
Christian Democrats Veronica Rowe 3,500 4.98 −1.04
Greens James Rooney 3,498 4.98 +0.35
United Australia Nadeem Ashraf 1,959 2.79 +2.79
Total formal votes 70,220 90.17 −1.61
Informal votes 10,637 13.66 +1.61
Turnout 77,878 73.87 −13.38
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jason Clare 45,364 65.57 −3.91
Liberal Oz Guney 23,816 34.43 +3.91

Results are not final. Last updated 8:15pm AEST on 22 May 2019.


  1. ^ "Division of Blaxland". Electorate profiles. Australian Electoral Commission.
  2. ^ Bowe, William. "Blaxland". House of Representatives 2007. The Poll Bludger. Retrieved 21 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 Response Final". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ Blaxland, NSW, Tally Room 2019, 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