Division of Greenway

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of GREENWAY 2016.png
Division of Greenway in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMichelle Rowland
PartyAustralia Labor Party
NamesakeFrancis Greenway
Electors110,343 (2019)
Area81 km2 (31.3 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Greenway is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.


Francis Greenway, the division's namesake

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.[1] Following the redistribution, the seat was notionally Labor held on a margin of 5%.[2] 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.


Volunteer-run sausage sizzle fundraiser at Metella Road Public School in Toongabbie at the 2016 election

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.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image.svg Russ Gorman
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
  No image.svg Frank Mossfield
Labor 2 March 1996
31 August 2004
  No image.svg Louise Markus
Liberal 9 October 2004
21 August 2010
Transferred to the Division of Macquarie
  Michelle Rowland 2012 (cropped).jpg Michelle Rowland
Labor 21 August 2010

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Greenway[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michelle Rowland 43,901 45.97 −3.11
Liberal Allan Green 38,759 40.58 +6.17
Greens Damien Atkins 5,256 5.50 +1.74
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
Informal votes 6,925 6.76 −0.80
Turnout 102,432 92.87 +0.55
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michelle Rowland 50,425 52.80 −3.51
Liberal Allan Green 45,082 47.20 +3.51
Labor hold Swing −3.51


  1. ^ "Greenway: Proposed boundaries" (PDF map). NSW redistribution. Australian Electoral Commission. 2009.
  2. ^ http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2009/08/federal-redistribution-nsw-draft-electoral-boundaries.html#more
  3. ^ Greenway, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°43′59″S 150°54′47″E / 33.733°S 150.913°E / -33.733; 150.913