Division of Watson

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This article is about the current federal electorate. For the previous electorate, see Division of Watson (1934–69).
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of WATSON 2016.png
Division of Watson in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1992
MP Tony Burke
Party Labor
Namesake Chris Watson
Electors 105,488 (2016)
Area 47 km2 (18.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Watson is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created at the redistribution of 31 January 1992, to replace the abolished Division of St George and is named after the Right Honourable Chris Watson, the first Labor Prime Minister of Australia. It was first contested at the 1993 federal election.

The division is located in the southern suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Ashbury, Belfield, Burwood Heights, Chullora, Croydon Park, Enfield, Greenacre, Lakemba, Mount Lewis, Punchbowl, Roselands, Strathfield South, Wiley Park; as well as parts of Ashfield, Bankstown, Belmore, Beverly Hills, Burwood, Campsie, Canterbury, Croydon, Hurlstone Park, Kingsgrove, Lidcombe, Narwee, Padstow, Riverwood, Rookwood, and Summer Hill.

The current Member for Watson, since the 2004 federal election, is Tony Burke, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


There was previously another Division of Watson (1934-69), originally Chris Watson's old seat of South Sydney and located in the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney, however that Division is not connected to this one except in name.

The seat is currently a safe Labor seat. It has previously been held by Leo McLeay, a former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.


Member Party Term
  Leo McLeay Labor 1993–2004
  Tony Burke Labor 2004–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Watson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tony Burke 39,126 49.51 −0.92
Liberal Ron Delezio 30,617 38.74 +1.57
Greens Barbara Bloch 4,171 5.28 −4.34
Palmer United John Nasser 1,970 2.49 +2.49
Christian Democrats David Fraser 1,873 2.37 +2.37
Democratic Labour Stephen Rawson 897 1.14 +1.14
Rise Up Australia Paul Kamlade 376 0.48 +0.48
Total formal votes 79,030 86.05 −1.15
Informal votes 12,814 13.95 +1.15
Turnout 91,844 90.64 +0.60
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tony Burke 44,895 56.81 −2.33
Liberal Ron Delezio 34,135 43.19 +2.33
Labor hold Swing −2.33


  1. ^ "NSW Division - Watson, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°54′29″S 151°04′37″E / 33.908°S 151.077°E / -33.908; 151.077