Division of Cunningham
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Cunningham (green) in New South Wales
|Area||721 km2 (278.4 sq mi)|
The Division of Cunningham is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Allan Cunningham, a 19th-century explorer of New South Wales and Queensland.
The division is located on the coast of New South Wales between southern Sydney and Wollongong. It takes in the northern portion of Wollongong, including Corrimal, Figtree and Unanderra. It also includes several of Sydney's outer southern suburbs, including Heathcote and Bundeena. The division covers areas east of the Illawarra escarpment and is bounded by the Tasman Sea to the east. It is bounded to the north by the Royal National Park and to the south by the Wollongong suburbs of Figtree, Cordeaux Heights and Coniston. Although the region is primarily rural, the vast majority of the population is located in the northern outskirts of Wollongong and along the eastern seaboard. The main products and means of livelihood in the area are tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing, textiles and dairy farming.
The division has always been represented by the Australian Labor Party, except following the 2002 by-election when the Greens won the seat; being the first time that the Greens held a seat in the House of Representatives. Labor recovered the seat at the 2004 federal election. The Illawarra is one of the few non-metropolitan regions where Labor has consistently done well.
Its most prominent members have been Rex Connor, a senior minister in the Whitlam government, and Stephen Martin, who was Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives from 1993–1996, during the last term of the Keating government.
Cunningham is Labor's safest non-metropolitan seat, with a nine percent swing needed for the Liberals to win it.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Cunningham|
|Palmer United||Christopher Atlee||4,253||4.66||+4.66|
|Christian Democrats||Rob George||2,204||2.42||+2.42|
|Non-Custodial Parents||John Flanagan||897||0.98||−0.41|
|Katter's Australian||John Bursill||886||0.97||+0.97|
|Total formal votes||91,177||93.63||−0.69|
- Division of Cunningham - Australian Electoral Commission
- Wilson, Peter (2002). The Australian Political Almanack.