Division of Macquarie
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Macquarie (green) within New South Wales
|Area||4,374 km2 (1,688.8 sq mi)|
The Division of Macquarie is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lachlan Macquarie, who was Governor of New South Wales between 1810 and 1821.
Voting patterns within the electorate vary significantly between the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury region. At the 2004 election, the two-party preferred vote favoured the Liberal candidate by more than 70:30 in the Hawkesbury region. The result was partially reversed in the Blue Mountains where the result was approximately 60:40, favouring the Labor candidate. This voting pattern was evident in the three previous federal elections up to 2007.
On 13 September 2006, however the Australian Electoral Commission announced that the seat was to be redistributed. The Hawkesbury towns moved to Greenway while Macquarie moved west as far as Bathurst. The seat then contained the rural service and university town of Bathurst and the working-class towns of Lithgow, Portland and Oberon. This not only restored the seat's connection with Chifley, but erased Bartlett's majority. While Bartlett had previously sat on a majority of eight percent, he now found himself in a seat with a notionally marginal Labor majority of 0.5 percent. Bartlett was defeated by former New South Wales Minister for the Environment and Attorney General Bob Debus at the 2007 election on a 7.04 percent margin.
During the 2009 redistribution, however, Bathurst and Lithgow were shifted to Calare, restoring its 2007 boundaries. The redistribution nearly wiped out Labor's majority in the electorate, reducing it to an extremely marginal 0.3 percent. Debus retired before the 2010 election. Louise Markus, previously the Member for Greenway, reclaimed the seat for the Liberals in this election.
|Sydney Smith||Free Trade||1901–1906|
|John Lawson||United Australia||1931–1940|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Macquarie|
|Palmer United||Philip Maxwell||3,731||4.15||+4.15|
|Christian Democrats||Tony Piper||2,720||3.02||+0.87|
|Sex Party||Mark Littlejohn||1,776||1.98||+1.98|
|Australia First||Matt Hodgson||750||0.83||+0.06|
|Democratic Labour||Teresa Elaro||499||0.55||+0.55|
|Total formal votes||89,924||94.37||−0.15|