Division of Grayndler
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||32 km2 (12.4 sq mi)|
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, 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 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,  who still holds it today.
|Liberal||David Van Gogh||20,498||23.31||−3.13|
|Animal Justice||Emma Hurst||1,831||2.08||+2.08|
|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|
|Socialist Equality||Oscar Grenfell||333||0.38||+0.38|
|Total formal votes||87,922||93.27||−0.48|
|Liberal||David Van Gogh||24,306||27.64||−3.60|
- "Grayndler Electorate Profile". 2004 Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2004.
- Grayndler, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.