Division of Grayndler

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of GRAYNDLER 2016.png
Division of Grayndler in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Anthony Albanese
Party Labor
Namesake Edward Grayndler
Electors 105,586 (2016)
Area 32 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Grayndler is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Edward Grayndler (1867–1943), a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1921 to 1934 and 1936 to 1943, and General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union from 1912 to 1941.

At 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi), it is Australia's smallest electorate,[1] located in the inner-southern Sydney metropolitan area, including parts of the inner-west. The electorate includes the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Dobroyd Point, Enmore, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Petersham, Rodd Island, Rozelle, and Sydenham; as well as parts of Annandale, Ashfield, Camperdown, Canterbury, Cockatoo Island, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Macdonaldtown, Marrickville, Newtown, Spectacle Island, St Peters, Stanmore and Summer Hill.

The current Member for Grayndler, since the 1996 federal election, is Anthony Albanese, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


The division was originally a solidly working-class area, although migration and gentrification have since radically changed its demography. Despite the demographic changes, it has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence; the Liberals have only once received 40 percent of the two-party vote. Grayndler also has a very high percentage of Australian Greens voters with 23 percent of the primary vote at the 2013 election. At the 2010 election, the two-party-preferred vote was between Labor and the Greens, one of only 3 in Australia (the others being Batman and the Greens held Melbourne).

Its most prominent members have been Fred Daly, who was a minister in the Whitlam government, Leo McLeay, who was Speaker of the House 1989–93, and Albanese, a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments and Deputy Prime Minister for three months in 2013.

Daly was succeeded by Gough Whitlam's son, Tony Whitlam, who served only one term before the neighbouring Division of Lang was abolished, and lost preselection to Frank Stewart, the last member for Lang. Stewart himself retired in 1979 and handed the seat to McLeay.

When Transport Minister Graham Richardson was briefly forced out of cabinet due to the Marshall Islands affair before the 1993 election, left-wing power-broker Anthony Albanese arranged for fellow left-winger Jeannette McHugh to be promoted to cabinet. McHugh's seat of Phillip had been abolished, and she transferred to Grayndler. Since being a minister entitled McHugh to a seat, McLeay was forced to transfer to Watson. McHugh retired in 1996 and handed the seat to Albanese, [2] who still holds it today.


Member Party Term
  Fred Daly Labor 1949–1975
  Tony Whitlam Labor 1975–1977
  Frank Stewart Labor 1977–1979
  Leo McLeay Labor 1979–1993
  Jeannette McHugh Labor 1993–1996
  Anthony Albanese Labor 1996–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Grayndler[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Anthony Albanese 40,503 46.07 −0.40
Liberal David Van Gogh 20,498 23.31 −3.13
Greens Jim Casey 19,555 22.24 +0.17
Animal Justice Emma Hurst 1,831 2.08 +2.08
Science Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow 1,157 1.32 +1.32
Christian Democrats Jamie Elvy 1,085 1.23 −0.43
Drug Law Reform Chris Hindi 1,029 1.17 +1.17
Sex Party Pat Sheil 934 1.06 +1.06
Renewable Energy Chris McLachlan 537 0.61 +0.61
Cyclists Noel McFarlane 460 0.52 +0.52
Socialist Equality Oscar Grenfell 333 0.38 +0.38
Total formal votes 87,922 93.27 −0.48
Informal votes 6,343 6.73 +0.48
Turnout 94,265 89.28 −2.37
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anthony Albanese 63,616 72.36 +3.60
Liberal David Van Gogh 24,306 27.64 −3.60
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Anthony Albanese 57,872 65.82 −4.52
Greens Jim Casey 30,050 34.18 +34.18
Labor hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2016/guide/gray/
  2. ^ "Grayndler Electorate Profile". 2004 Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2004.
  3. ^ Grayndler, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°53′49″S 151°08′53″E / 33.897°S 151.148°E / -33.897; 151.148