Division of Sydney

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of SYDNEY 2016.png
Division of Sydney in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1968
MP Tanya Plibersek
Party Labor
Namesake Sydney
Electors 110,322 (2016)
Area 44 km2 (17.0 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Sydney is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division draws it name from Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, which itself was named after former British Home Secretary Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 21 November 1968, replacing the old Division of Dalley, Division of East Sydney and Division of West Sydney, and was first contested at the 1969 election.

The division is located around the City of Sydney, and includes many inner suburbs such as Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Broadway, Chippendale, Darlington, Erskineville, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Zetland and parts of Annandale, Camperdown, Newtown, Surry Hills and the generic locality of Kings Cross which incorporates parts of the localities of Darlinghurst, Potts Point and Woolloomooloo. Lord Howe Island, within the Tasman Sea and some 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of the Sydney central business district, is located within the division; as are the harbour islands from Spectacle Island to the Sydney Heads, and all the waters of Port Jackson, except for Middle Harbour and North Harbour.[1]

The current Member for the Division of Sydney, since the 1998 federal election, is Tanya Plibersek, a member of the Australian Labor Party and the current Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


The seat is a safe Labor seat; the Labor Party has never polled less than 60% of the two-party preferred vote at any election. Following a national trend towards progressive inner-city voting, the seat had the highest amount of Green votes in any federal electorate in 2004, though by 2013 it had dropped to seventh-highest.

As at the 2001 census, the electorate had the highest number of same-sex couples in Australia (2,265).[2]


Member Party Term
  Jim Cope Labor 1969–1975
  Les McMahon Labor 1975–1983
  Peter Baldwin Labor 1983–1998
  Tanya Plibersek Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Sydney[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 40,579 46.03 +2.74
Liberal Sean O'Connor 26,901 30.52 +2.42
Greens Dianne Hiles 15,273 17.33 −6.42
Independent Jane Ward 1,408 1.60 +0.06
Palmer United Tim Kelly 1,261 1.43 +1.43
Bullet Train Leah Gartner 791 0.90 +0.90
Christian Democrats Lesley Mason 723 0.82 +0.82
Socialist Alliance Peter Boyle 613 0.70 +0.70
Independent Joanna Rzetelski 602 0.68 +0.68
Total formal votes 88,151 93.80 −0.70
Informal votes 5,830 6.20 +0.70
Turnout 93,981 88.33 +0.18
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 56,994 64.65 −2.42
Liberal Sean O'Connor 31,157 35.35 +2.42
Labor hold Swing −2.42


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Sydney (NSW)". Current federal electoral divisions, Divisions in New South Wales. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Same-sex couples by Commonwealth Electoral Division". Australian Parliament House Library. Parliament of Australia. 15 June 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "NSW Division - Sydney, NSW". Virtual Tally Room,. Australian Electoral Commission. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°53′42″S 151°12′00″E / 33.895°S 151.200°E / -33.895; 151.200