Division of Greenway
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Party||Australia Labor Party|
|Area||81 km2 (31.3 sq mi)|
The division was created in 1984 and is named for Francis Greenway, an ex-convict who became a prominent architect in colonial Sydney. For most of its history, Greenway was a safe seat for Labor. However, demographic changes in the areas north of Blacktown, specifically Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens and Glenwood, resulted in a shift away from Labor at the 2001 election. At the 2004 election this trend continued and the seat was won by the Liberal Party following the retirement of the sitting member, Frank Mossfield and an extensive Liberal campaign. Louise Markus, a Pentecostal social worker and member of Hillsong Church, defeated Ed Husic, a former political adviser and a non-practising Muslim, to take the seat by a small margin of 0.6%. A large informal vote of 11.83%, the highest in the 2004 election, contributed to the closeness of this result, the vast majority indicating a first preference for Louise Markus.
A redistribution of the seat ahead of the 2007 federal election resulted in the Hawkesbury area towns, a strongly conservative area, moving to Greenway from the Division of Macquarie, and the loss of traditional Labor-voting areas such as Blacktown, Dean Park, Lalor Park and Seven Hills as well as the Liberal-leaning areas of Kings Langley and Seven Hills North. This boosted the notional Liberal majority to 11.7%, making it on paper a safe Liberal seat. However, at the 2007 federal election, Markus suffered a 6.9% swing, turning Greenway into a marginal Liberal seat.
The seat was redistributed again in 2009, essentially restoring the pre-2007 boundaries and demographics. Under redistribution, most of the Hawkesbury region, including Richmond and Windsor, were shifted back to Macquarie. In return, it regained the Labor voting suburbs of Blacktown, Toongabbie, Seven Hills and Pendle Hill. Following the redistribution, the seat was notionally Labor held on a margin of 5%. Michelle Rowland duly won the seat for Labor in 2010, and has held the seat since.
The division is a demographically diverse population that includes the working class suburbs of Blacktown, Seven Hills, Lalor Park, Schofields, Riverstone and Toongabbie which are Labor leaning, as well as the high income, Liberal leaning suburbs of Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens, Glenwood, The Ponds and Kings Langley.
The division is located in the west and north-west suburbs of Sydney, traditionally been north and east portions of the Blacktown district. It currently also includes small portions of Holroyd and Parramatta Council areas. Suburbs and towns include Acacia Gardens, Girraween, Glenwood, Kellyville Ridge, Kings Langley, Kings Park, Lalor Park, Parklea, Seven Hills, Stanhope Gardens, and The Ponds; as well as parts of Blacktown, Pendle Hill, Prospect, Quakers Hill, Riverstone, Rouse Hill, Schofields, Toongabbie, and Vineyard.
|Labor||1 December 1984 –
29 January 1996
|Previously held the Division of Chifley. Retired. Last veteran of the Second World War to serve in the House of Representatives|
|Labor||2 March 1996 –
31 August 2004
|Liberal||9 October 2004 –
21 August 2010
|Transferred to the Division of Macquarie|
|Labor||21 August 2010 –
|United Australia||Scott Feeney||2,853||2.99||+2.99|
|Christian Democrats||Osbourn Rajadurai||2,666||2.79||−2.24|
|Better Families||Graham McFarland||2,072||2.17||+2.17|
|Total formal votes||95,507||93.24||+0.80|
- "Greenway: Proposed boundaries" (PDF map). NSW redistribution. Australian Electoral Commission. 2009.
- Greenway, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.