Division of Mitchell

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Mitchell
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MITCHELL 2016.png
Division of Mitchell in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Alex Hawke
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir Thomas Mitchell
Electors 102,453 (2016)
Area 101 km2 (39.0 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Mitchell is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after Major Thomas Mitchell, surveyor and explorer who was the first European to explore large areas of New South Wales and Victoria. 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 north-west suburbs of Sydney, and includes the entire suburbs of Baulkham Hills, Beaumont Hills, Bella Vista, Box Hill, Kellyville, Nelson, and Winston Hills. The division also includes parts of Castle Hill, Glenhaven, Maraylya, North Rocks, Northmead, Old Toongabbie, Rouse Hill, and West Pennant Hills.

The current Member for Mitchell, since the 2007 federal election, is Alex Hawke, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.

History[edit]

The majority of the electorate is fairly conservative, and it has been a safe seat for the Liberals for most of its existence. Labor has won it twice, for one term each. Labor last won it in 1972 in the swing that brought Gough Whitlam to power. However, proving this seat's conservative nature, the Liberals took it back in 1974 and have held it without serious difficulty since then. The seat includes most of the Hills District, a region with a large evangelical Christian population that has pushed the seat further to the right. However, the southernmost suburbs of North Rocks, Northmead and Winston Hills are located in the Parramatta local government area, and share that LGA's bellwether tendencies. They been won by Labor at high-tide elections such as at the 2007 federal election. After the 2013 federal election, Mitchell replaced nearby Bradfield as the safest Coalition seat in metropolitan Australia, with Labor needing a 22-point swing to win it.[1]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Roy Wheeler Liberal 1949–1961
  John Armitage Labor 1961–1963
  Les Irwin Liberal 1963–1972
  Alfred Ashley-Brown Labor 1972–1974
  Alan Cadman Liberal 1974–2007
  Alex Hawke Liberal 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Mitchell[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alex Hawke 55,168 60.49 −4.33
Labor Andrew Punch 22,440 24.61 +3.53
Greens Michael Bellstedt 7,287 7.99 +1.58
Christian Democrats Darryl Allen 6,303 6.91 +3.70
Total formal votes 91,198 95.49 +1.90
Informal votes 4,308 4.51 −1.90
Turnout 95,506 93.22 −1.54
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Alex Hawke 61,847 67.82 −3.57
Labor Andrew Punch 29,351 32.18 +3.57
Liberal hold Swing −3.57

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Representatives - Two party preferred by division". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Mitchell, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°42′36″S 150°57′36″E / 33.710°S 150.960°E / -33.710; 150.960