Division of Hughes

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of HUGHES 2016.png
Division of Hughes in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1955
MP Craig Kelly
Party Liberal
Namesake Billy Hughes
Electors 104,456 (2016)
Area 369 km2 (142.5 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, Bonnet Bay, Bonnie Vale, Bundeena, Como, Engadine, Garie Beach, Grays Point, Hammondville, Heathcote, Holsworthy, Illawong, Jannali, Kareela, Kirrawee, Loftus, Lucas Heights, Maianbar, Menai, Oyster Bay, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Sutherland, Voyager Point, Waterfall, Wattle Grove, Woronora, Woronora Heights, Yarrawarrah; as well as parts of Audley, Gymea, Moorebank, Royal National Park, and Sylvania. The Liverpool Military Area—comprising Holsworthy Barracks and Steele Barracks—is also located in the electorate.

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, although they came close to losing it in the 2007 landslide, 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, 2016: Hughes[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Craig Kelly 48,734 51.97 −3.59
Labor Diedree Steinwall 29,895 31.88 +2.21
Greens Phil Smith 6,912 7.37 +1.50
Christian Democrats Michael Caudre 4,490 4.79 +2.00
Animal Justice Ellie Robertson 3,745 3.99 +3.99
Total formal votes 93,776 95.60 +1.88
Informal votes 4,314 4.40 −1.88
Turnout 98,090 93.91 −2.48
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Craig Kelly 55,633 59.33 −2.48
Labor Diedree Steinwall 38,143 40.67 +2.48
Liberal hold Swing −2.48


  1. ^ Hughes, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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