Division of Reid

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Reid 2010.png
Division of Reid (green) in New South Wales
Created 1922
MP Craig Laundy
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir George Reid
Electors 103,731 (2013)[1]
Area 66 km2 (25.5 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Reid is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after the Right Honourable Sir George Reid, a former Premier of New South Wales and the fourth Prime Minister of Australia. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election.

The division is located in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Concord West, Drummoyne, Five Dock, Homebush, Homebush West, Liberty Grove, Lidcombe, Mortlake, Newington, North Strathfield, Rhodes, Rodd Point, Russell Lea, Silverwater, Sydney Olympic Park, Wareemba, and Wentworth Point; and includes parts of Auburn, Berala, Burwood, Croydon, and Strathfield.

The current Member for Reid, since the 2013 federal election, is Craig Laundy, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Under initial proposals for the 2009 redistribution, the Australian Electoral Commission proposed that the division be abolished. However, in the final proposal the name "Reid" was retained for a division combining much of the now-abolished Division of Lowe, with part of the old Division of Reid.[2]

Reid had been a reasonably safe Labor seat since its inception in spite of being located in a relatively affluent electorate. However, after the 2010 election it became far less safe for Labor. The seat was won for the first time by the Liberal Party in 2013.[3]

Prominent members representing the division include Jack Lang, a former Premier of New South Wales; Tom Uren, a deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party and Laurie Ferguson, the son of Jack Ferguson who was a Deputy Premier of New South Wales, and the brother of Martin Ferguson, a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments.[2]


Member Party Term
  Percy Coleman Labor 1922–1931
  Joe Gander Labor (NSW) 1931–1936
  Labor 1936–1940
  Labor (Non-Communist) 1940–1940
  Charles Morgan Labor 1940–1946
  Jack Lang Lang Labor 1946–1949
  Charles Morgan Labor 1949–1958
  Independent 1958–1958
  Tom Uren Labor 1958–1990
  Laurie Ferguson Labor 1990–2010
  John Murphy Labor 2010–2013
  Craig Laundy Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Reid[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Craig Laundy 40,430 47.11 +4.00
Labor John Murphy 34,817 40.57 −0.94
Greens Pauline Tyrrell 5,968 6.95 −4.23
Palmer United Nadeem Ashraf 1,298 1.51 +1.51
Christian Democrats Bill Shailer 1,219 1.42 −1.65
Aust. Independents Raymond Palmer 1,215 1.42 +1.42
Democratic Labour Emily Dunn 580 0.68 +0.68
Katter's Australian Bishrul Izadeen 297 0.35 +0.35
Total formal votes 85,824 90.51 −0.69
Informal votes 9,003 9.49 +0.69
Turnout 94,827 91.42 +0.36
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Craig Laundy 43,642 50.85 +3.53
Labor John Murphy 42,182 49.15 −3.53
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +3.53


  1. ^ a b "NSW Division – Reid, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Electorates: Reid". Australia votes 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Needham, Kirsty (8 September 2013). "Bloodbath in west just did not happen". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°51′11″S 151°05′02″E / 33.853°S 151.084°E / -33.853; 151.084