Division of Wentworth

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Wentworth in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Malcolm Turnbull
Party Liberal
Namesake William Wentworth
Electors 102,811 (2016)
Area 38 km2 (14.7 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan
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Malcolm Turnbull

  • Member for Wentworth

Prime Minister of Australia

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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 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.

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.[1][2]

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

During the 2016 election campaign, a ReachTEL opinion poll of 626 Wentworth voters conducted on 31 May predicted a two-party swing against the Liberals' Turnbull for the first time since his election to Wentworth—revealing a reduced 58 percent two-party vote from a large 10.9 percent two-party swing.[3]


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, 2016: Wentworth[4]
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 86.22 −3.78
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


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