Division of Mackellar

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MACKELLAR 2016.png
Division of Mackellar in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPJason Falinski
NamesakeSir Charles Mackellar
Dorothea Mackellar
Electors108,268 (2016)
Area233 km2 (90.0 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Mackellar is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after Sir Charles Mackellar, a social reformer and surgeon who served in the Senate from October to November 1903, and his daughter Dorothea Mackellar, a 20th-century Australian poet. 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 Northern Beaches region of Sydney, adjacent to the Tasman Sea, south of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River. The division includes the suburbs of Akuna Bay, Avalon Beach, Bayview, Belrose, Bilgola Beach, Bilgola Plateau, Careel Bay, Church Point, Clareville, Coasters Retreat, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cottage Point, Cromer, Davidson, Duffys Forest, Elanora Heights, Elvina Bay, Great Mackerel Beach, Ingleside, Lovett Bay, McCarrs Creek, Mona Vale, Morning Bay, Narrabeen, Newport, North Narrabeen, Oxford Falls, Palm Beach, Scotland Island, Terrey Hills, Towlers Bay, Warriewood, Whale Beach, and Wheeler Heights; as well as parts of Beacon Hill, Dee Why, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, and Narraweena.

Like most seats in northern Sydney, Mackellar is a safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia. It was first held by Bill Wentworth, the first Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and the great-grandson of politician and explorer William Wentworth, one of the first three Europeans to cross the Blue Mountains. The seat has been in Liberal hands for all but two months of its existence; Wentworth briefly sat as an independent for the last two months of his term.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop held the seat from 1994 until 2016, when she lost a preselection contest for the Liberal Party candidacy following an expenses scandal. The Liberal Party preselected Jason Falinski to contest the seat.[1][2]


Member Party Term
  Bill Wentworth Liberal 1949–1977
  Independent 1977–1977
  Jim Carlton Liberal 1977–1994
  Bronwyn Bishop Liberal 1994–2016
  Jason Falinski Liberal 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Mackellar[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jason Falinski 48,103 51.17 −11.26
Labor Rhonda Funnell 16,286 17.32 +0.08
Greens Mike Hall 13,204 14.05 −0.14
Independent Jim Ball 6,797 7.23 +7.23
Independent Julie Hegarty 4,542 4.83 +4.83
Independent Liam Gavin 2,669 2.84 +2.84
Christian Democrats Annie Wright 2,411 2.56 +0.58
Total formal votes 94,012 94.74 +0.49
Informal votes 5,223 5.26 −0.49
Turnout 99,235 91.66 −1.94
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jason Falinski 61,800 65.74 −3.10
Labor Rhonda Funnell 32,212 34.26 +3.10
Liberal hold Swing −3.10


  1. ^ Maiden, Samantha (16 April 2016). "Bronwyn Bishop's battle for preselection for seat of Mackellar". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ Dole, Nick (16 April 2016). "Bronwyn Bishop dumped as Liberal candidate for seat of Mackellar". ABC News. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ Mackellar, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°40′08″S 151°15′11″E / 33.669°S 151.253°E / -33.669; 151.253