Division of North Sydney

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This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the historical New South Wales state electorate, see Electoral district of North Sydney.
North Sydney
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of North Sydney 2010.png
Division of North Sydney (green) in New South Wales
Created 1901
MP Vacant
Namesake North Sydney, New South Wales
Electors 101,321 (2013)[1]
Area 48 km2 (18.5 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of North Sydney is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It was proclaimed in 1900 and was one of the original 75 federation divisions contested at the first federal election.

Located along Sydney's North Shore, the division is named after the North Sydney area and includes the suburbs of Artarmon, Cammeray, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Crows Nest, Gore Hill, Greenwich, Henley, Hunters Hill, Huntleys Point, Kirribilli, Lane Cove, Lane Cove North, Lane Cove West, Lavender Bay, Linley Point, Longueville, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Naremburn, Neutral Bay, Northbridge, Northwood, Riverview, St Leonards, Waverton, Wollstonecraft, Woolwich and parts of Castlecrag, Gladesville and Willoughby.

Second only to the nearby Division of Wentworth, the Division of North Sydney has the nation's second highest proportion (56.4%) of high income families.[2] As with all North Shore seats, the division is a safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia, though the Australian Labor Party came within 3.1 percent of winning North Sydney at the 1943 election landslide. North Sydney and Wentworth are the only two federation divisions in New South Wales to have never been held by Labor. It has been held by a member of a non-Labor party for all but six years of its existence, when held by "father of the independents" Ted Mack, from the 1990 election before choosing to resign from federal parliament after two terms at the 1996 election, for the same reason he previously chose to resign from state parliament after two terms − to avoid receiving a parliamentary pension.[3]

Succeeding Mack was Joe Hockey who represented North Sydney from 1996 to 2015 and served as Abbott Government Treasurer from 2013 to 2015. Following the successful September 2015 Liberal leadership spill Hockey moved to the backbench, however six days later he announced his intention to resign from parliament, taking effect from 23 October which left the seat vacant. A few days later a 2015 North Sydney by-election was scheduled to be held on 5 December.[4]


Member Party Term
  Dugald Thomson Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  George Edwards Commonwealth Liberal 1910–1911
  (Sir) Granville Ryrie Commonwealth Liberal 1911–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  Billy Hughes Nationalist 1922–1929
  Independent Nationalist 1929–1930
  Australian 1930–1931
  United Australia 1931–1945
  Liberal 1945–1949
  William Jack Liberal 1949–1966
  Bill Graham Liberal 1966–1980
  John Spender Liberal 1980–1990
  Ted Mack Independent 1990–1996
  Joe Hockey Liberal 1996–2015

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: North Sydney[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Joe Hockey 53,991 61.04 +1.33
Labor Peter Hayes 17,727 20.04 −2.08
Greens Alison Haines 13,579 15.35 −0.18
Palmer United Raheam Khan 1,493 1.69 +1.69
Christian Democrats Maureen Guthrie 892 1.01 +1.01
Democratic Labour Angus McCaffrey 766 0.87 +0.87
Total formal votes 88,448 94.62 −0.94
Informal votes 5,031 5.38 +0.94
Turnout 93,479 92.26 +0.34
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Joe Hockey 58,274 65.89 +1.83
Labor Peter Hayes 30,174 34.11 −1.83
Liberal hold Swing +1.83

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "NSW Division - North Sydney, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ 2015 North Sydney by-election: Antony Green ABC
  3. ^ Independents' 'father' says trio will choose ALP: ABC AM 6 September 2010
  4. ^ Osborne, Paul (2015-10-26). "Zimmerman wins North Sydney preselection". Yahoo 7 News. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 

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Coordinates: 33°48′58″S 151°11′02″E / 33.816°S 151.184°E / -33.816; 151.184