Division of Kingsford Smith
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Kingsford Smith (green) in New South Wales
|Namesake||Sir Charles Kingsford Smith|
|Area||127 km2 (49.0 sq mi)|
The Division of Kingsford Smith is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, a pioneer aviator, and the first pilot to fly across the Pacific Ocean. The Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney International), and the suburb of Kingsford, both of which are located within the division, are also named after him. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election.
The division is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney, on the north shore of Botany Bay, and the coast of the Tasman Sea. The division includes the suburbs of Coogee, Randwick, Maroubra, Mascot, Botany, Malabar and Kensington.
Kingsford Smith has been in Labor hands for its entire existence, and was one of Labor's safest seats for the better part of 60 years. However, demographic changes have made the seat much less secure for Labor. It has previously been held by Lionel Bowen, a minister in the Whitlam government, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1990 and Deputy Prime Minister for most of the Hawke government, and by Laurie Brereton, a minister in the Keating government. It was then held by Peter Garrett, a former lead singer of the Australian rock band Midnight Oil, former President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Garrett announced his retirement on 26 June 2013.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Kingsford Smith|
|Palmer United||Diane Happ||1,611||1.87||+1.87|
|Christian Democrats||Jacquie Shiha||1,379||1.60||+1.60|
|Future Party||Geordie Lucas||693||0.80||+0.80|
|Rise Up Australia||Danielle Somerfield||357||0.41||+0.41|
|Total formal votes||86,103||91.37||−0.48|
- "NSW Division - Kingsford Smith, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Bashan, Yoni (20 July 2013). "NSW Labor senator Matt Thistlethwaite to replace Peter Garrett in NSW seat of Kingsford Smith". Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- "Garrett quits as Rudd returns". Nine News. AAP. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
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