Division of Wentworth

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Division of WENTWORTH 2016.png
Division of Wentworth in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPKerryn Phelps
NamesakeWilliam Wentworth
Electors102,782 (2016)
Area38 km2 (14.7 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Wentworth is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It was proclaimed in 1900 and was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. The division is named after William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872), an Australian explorer and statesman. In 1813 he accompanied Blaxland and Lawson on their crossing of the Blue Mountains.

Wentworth is the second-smallest geographical electoral division in the Parliament with an area of just 38 square kilometres (15 sq mi), covering Woolloomooloo along the southern shore of Sydney Harbour to Watsons Bay and down the coast to Clovelly—an area largely coextensive with Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. The western boundary runs along Oxford Street, Flinders Street and South Dowling Street, then eastward along Alison Road to Randwick Racecourse and Clovelly Beach. It includes the suburbs of Bellevue Hill, Ben Buckler, Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Darling Point, Double Bay, Dover Heights, Edgecliff, Moore Park, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay, Waverley, and Woollahra; as well as parts of Clovelly, Darlinghurst, East Sydney, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Potts Point, and Randwick.

Historically considered a safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia, Wentworth is one of only two original federation divisions in New South Wales, along with the Division of North Sydney, which have never been held by the Australian Labor Party, though Labor candidate Jessie Street came within 1.6 percent of winning Wentworth at the 1943 election landslide. The electorate is the nation's wealthiest, contains the nation's largest Jewish population and contains the nation's fifth-largest number of same-sex couples.[1]

The previous member for Wentworth since the 2004 election was Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia from September 2015 until August 2018. Both Turnbull and a previous member John Hewson had been Opposition Leaders, with both taking the leadership of the Liberal Party in their respective second terms as members for Wentworth.

In August 2018, a challenge by Peter Dutton led to two Liberal leadership spills. Following the second spill on 24 August 2018, Treasurer Scott Morrison defeated Dutton in a leadership ballot. Turnbull did not nominate as a candidate, and immediately resigned as Prime Minister. On 31 August 2018 Turnbull resigned from Parliament,[2] triggering a 2018 Wentworth by-election,[3] which was won by independent candidate Kerryn Phelps.[4]


Member Party Term
  Sir William McMillan Free Trade 1901–1903
  Willie Kelly Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Walter Marks Nationalist 1919–1929
  Independent 1929
  Australian 1929–1930
  Independent 1930–1931
  United Australia 1931
  Sir Eric Harrison United Australia 1931–1944
  Liberal 1944–1956
  Les Bury Liberal 1956–1974
  Bob Ellicott Liberal 1974–1981
  Peter Coleman Liberal 1981–1987
  John Hewson Liberal 1987–1995
  Andrew Thomson Liberal 1995–2001
  Peter King Liberal 2001–2004
  Independent 2004
  Malcolm Turnbull Liberal 2004–2018
  Kerryn Phelps Independent 2018–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Wentworth[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull 52,353 62.26 −2.35
Labor Evan Hughes 14,913 17.73 −0.98
Greens Dejay Toborek 12,496 14.86 +0.84
Arts Anthony Ackroyd 1,478 1.76 +1.76
Science Peter Xing 988 1.17 +1.17
Christian Democrats Beresford Thomas 901 1.07 +0.62
Independent David Allen 573 0.68 +0.68
Independent Marc Aussie-Stone 390 0.46 +0.46
Total formal votes 84,092 94.87 +0.60
Informal votes 4,549 5.13 −0.60
Turnout 88,641 86.24 −3.06
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull 56,971 67.75 −1.17
Labor Evan Hughes 27,121 32.25 +1.17
Liberal hold Swing −1.17


  1. ^ William Bowe. "2018 Wentworth by-election". The Poll Bludger. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (2018-08-27). "Malcolm Turnbull to trigger byelection by quitting parliament on Friday". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  3. ^ 2018 Wentworth by-election guide: Antony Green ABC
  4. ^ Commentary, 2018 Wentworth by-election: Antony Green ABC
  5. ^ Wentworth, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°52′59″S 151°15′11″E / 33.883°S 151.253°E / -33.883; 151.253