Division of Wentworth

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This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the New South Wales state electorate, see Electoral district of Wentworth.
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Wentworth 2010.png
Division of Wentworth (green) in New South Wales
Created 1901
MP Malcolm Turnbull
Party Liberal
Namesake William Wentworth
Electors 109,262 (2013)[1]
Area 30 km2 (11.6 sq mi)
Demographic Inner 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 75 federation divisions contested at the first federal election. The division is named after William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872), a noted Australian explorer and statesman. In 1813 he accompanied Blaxland and Lawson on their crossing of the Blue Mountains.

Wentworth is the smallest geographical electoral division in the Parliament with an area of just 30 square kilometres (12 sq mi), covering Woolloomooloo along the southern shore of Sydney Harbour to Watsons Bay and down the coast to Clovelly. 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, Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Darlinghurst, Darling Point, Dover Heights, Double Bay, East Sydney, Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Potts Point, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Waverley and Woollahra, and parts of Randwick.

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 has 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. According to the census, the seat covers some of the wealthiest suburbs in Australia and has the highest proportion of high income families of all seats in Australia, with the Division of North Sydney coming second.[2][3]

The current member since the 2004 election is Liberal Malcolm Turnbull who has served as Prime Minister of Australia since September 2015. Both Turnbull and a previous member John Hewson had been Opposition Leaders. In fact both became Opposition Leaders in their respective second terms as members for Wentworth.


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 1929–1930
  Australian 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–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Wentworth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull 58,306 63.32 +3.75
Labor Di Smith 17,840 19.37 −1.70
Greens Matthew Robertson 13,455 14.61 −2.83
Independent Pat Sheil 1,054 1.14 +0.55
Palmer United Marsha Foxman 998 1.08 +1.08
Christian Democrats Beresford Thomas 431 0.47 +0.47
Total formal votes 92,084 94.30 −1.20
Informal votes 5,564 5.70 +1.20
Turnout 97,648 89.30 −0.17
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull 62,359 67.72 +2.86
Labor Di Smith 29,725 32.28 −2.86
Liberal hold Swing +2.86


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