Division of Wentworth
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Wentworth (green) in New South Wales
|Area||30 km2 (11.6 sq mi)|
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), an 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 and Surry Hills.
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.
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.
|Sir William McMillan||Free Trade||1901–1903|
|Willie Kelly||Free Trade, Anti-Socialist||1903–1909|
|Sir Eric Harrison||United Australia||1931–1944|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Wentworth|
|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|
- "NSW Division - Wentworth, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Wentworth profile, 2013 election: Antony Green ABC
- 2015 North Sydney by-election: Antony Green ABC