Division of Hughes

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Hughes 2010.png
Division of Hughes (green) in New South Wales
Created 1955
MP Craig Kelly
Party Liberal
Namesake Billy Hughes
Electors 101,490 (2013)[1]
Area 178 km2 (68.7 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Hughes is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1955 and is named for Billy Hughes, who was Prime Minister of Australia 1915-23.

The division is located in the southern and southwestern suburbs of Sydney, including Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Chipping Norton, East Hills, Engadine, Hammondville, Holsworthy, Illawong, Loftus, Lucas Heights, Menai, Milperra, Moorebank, Panania, Picnic Point, Revesby, Warwick Farm, Wattle Grove and Woronora and parts of Padstow, Jannali, Liverpool and Sutherland.

Originally a marginal seat, a 1968 redistribution made it a fairly safe Labor seat. Demographic change made it increasingly less safe for Labor in the 1980s and 1990s, and it was one of many marginal seats taken by the Liberals in the 1996 landslide. The Liberals have held it ever since, and it is now a safe Liberal seat.

The current Member for Hughes, since the 2010 federal election, is Liberal Craig Kelly.


Member Party Term
  Les Johnson Labor 1955–1966
  Don Dobie Liberal 1966–1969
  Les Johnson Labor 1969–1983
  Robert Tickner Labor 1984–1996
  Danna Vale Liberal 1996–2010
  Craig Kelly Liberal 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Hughes[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Craig Kelly 48,436 54.68 +5.53
Labor Alison Megarrity 28,406 32.07 −5.71
Palmer United John Peters 5,224 5.90 +5.90
Greens Signe Westerberg 3,948 4.46 −1.83
Christian Democrats Peter Colsell 2,561 2.89 +0.44
Total formal votes 88,575 92.61 −0.87
Informal votes 7,071 7.39 +0.87
Turnout 95,646 94.24 +0.03
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Craig Kelly 53,735 60.67 +5.50
Labor Alison Megarrity 34,840 39.33 −5.50
Liberal hold Swing +5.50


  1. ^ a b "Hughes, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°59′31″S 150°58′30″E / 33.992°S 150.975°E / -33.992; 150.975