Division of Kingsford Smith

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Kingsford Smith
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of KINGSFORD SMITH 2016.png
Division of Kingsford Smith in Sydney, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Matt Thistlethwaite
Party Labor
Namesake Sir Charles Kingsford Smith
Electors 108,701 (2016)
Area 91 km2 (35.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

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 Banksmeadow, Botany, Chifley, Coogee, Daceyville, East Botany, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Kensington, Kingsford, La Perouse, Little Bay, Malabar, Maroubra, Maroubra Junction, Mascot, Matraville, Pagewood, Phillip Bay, Port Botany, and South Coogee; as well as parts of Clovelly, Randwick, and Rosebery. Bare Island, Prince Henry Hospital, and the University of New South Wales are also located in the electorate.

The current Member for Kingsford Smith, since the 2013 federal election, is Matt Thistlethwaite, a member of the Australian Labor Party who resigned from the Senate prior to the election.[1]


Kingsford Smith has been in Labor hands for its entire existence. A redistribution ahead of the 1969 election made it one of the safest Labor seats in both Sydney and the nation, and it remained a comfortably safe Labor seat for most of the next four decades. However, demographic changes since 2010 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.[2]

The Division was originally known as the Division of Kingsford-Smith (with a hyphen), based upon a misspelling of Sir Charles's surname. However, this was corrected at the redistribution in 2001.[3]


Member Party Term
  Gordon Anderson Labor 1949–1955
  Dan Curtin Labor 1955–1969
  Lionel Bowen Labor 1969–1990
  Laurie Brereton Labor 1990–2004
  Peter Garrett Labor 2004–2013
  Matt Thistlethwaite Labor 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Kingsford Smith[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Matt Thistlethwaite 43,642 47.37 +5.35
Liberal Michael Feneley 34,591 37.54 −5.96
Greens James Macdonald 9,698 10.53 +0.74
Christian Democrats Andrew Weatherstone 2,144 2.33 +0.73
Science Andrea Leong 2,059 2.23 +1.43
Total formal votes 92,134 95.00 +3.63
Informal votes 4,849 5.00 −3.63
Turnout 96,983 89.22 −2.55
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Matt Thistlethwaite 53,962 58.57 +5.83
Liberal Michael Feneley 38,172 41.43 −5.83
Labor hold Swing +5.83


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Garrett quits as Rudd returns". Nine News. AAP. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived 9 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Kingsford Smith, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°56′56″S 151°13′52″E / 33.949°S 151.231°E / -33.949; 151.231