Electoral district of Balmain
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
Location within Sydney
|State||New South Wales|
|Namesake||Balmain, New South Wales|
|Area||16.15 km2 (6.2 sq mi)|
Balmain is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales in Sydney's Inner West. It is currently represented by Jamie Parker of the Greens New South Wales.
Balmain includes the suburbs and localities of Annandale, Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Glebe Island, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Rozelle, White Bay and parts of Camperdown and Ultimo.
Balmain was established in 1880 and from 1882, it elected two members, from 1885 it elected three members and from 1889 until 1894 it elected four members simultaneously. Voters cast a vote for each vacancy and the leading candidates were elected. In 1894 it was split into Balmain North, Balmain South, Annandale and Leichhardt, each electing one member. In 1904 with the downsizing of the Assembly after Federation, Balmain North and part of Balmain South were combined into a single electorate, electing one member. In 1920, parts of the electoral districts of Balmain, Annandale, Camperdown, Darling Harbour, Glebe and Rozelle were combined to create a new incarnation of Balmain, which elected five members by proportional representation. This was replaced by single member electorates of Balmain, Annandale, Glebe and Rozelle for the 1927 election. Balmain was abolished in 1991, being replaced by Port Jackson. It was recreated for the 2007 election, largely replacing the abolished district of Port Jackson.
Historically, Balmain has been a working-class seat and very safe for Labor—at the 1978 election, Labor won an 84.2 percent two-party vote. However, as with several inner-city seats, demographic change and the rise of the Greens has seen a strong Green vote in Balmain since the party first contested the seat from the seat's recreation at the 2007 election. It is a marginal Green-Labor seat.
Members for Balmain
|First incarnation (1880–1882, 1 member)|
|(1882–1885, 2 members)|
|Jacob Garrard||None||1882–1885||William Hutchinson||None||1882–1885|
|(1885–1889, 3 members)|
|Jacob Garrard||None||1885–1887||Solomon Hyam||None||1885–1887||John Hawthorne||None||1885–1887|
|Free Trade||1887–1889||Frank Smith||Free Trade||1887–1889||Free Trade||1887–1889|
|(1889–1894, 4 members)|
|Jacob Garrard||Free Trade||1889–1891||Frank Smith||Free Trade||1889–1891||John Hawthorne||Free Trade||1889–1891||George Clubb||Free Trade||1889–1891|
|George Clark||Labour||1891–1891||Edward Darnley||Labour||1891–1894||James Johnston||Labour||1891–1894||William Murphy||Labour||1891–1894|
|Second incarnation (1904–1920, 1 member)|
|Walter Anderson||Liberal Reform||1904–1907|
|(1920–1927, 5 members)|
|John Storey||Labor||1920–1921||John Doyle||Labor||1920–1922||Robert Stuart-Robertson||Labor||1920–1927||John Quirk||Labor||1920–1927||Albert Smith||Nationalist||1920–1922|
|Robert Stopford||Nationalist||1922–1925||Albert Lane||Nationalist||1922–1927|
|H. V. Evatt||Labor||1925–1927|
|(1927–1991, 1 member)|
|H. V. Evatt||Independent Labor||1927–1930|
|Third incarnation (2007–present, 1 member)|
|New South Wales state election, 2015: Balmain|
|Animal Justice||Michelle Nielsen||913||1.9||+1.9|
|No Land Tax||Gordon Brown||527||1.1||+1.1|
|Christian Democrats||Rhonda Avasalu||393||0.8||−0.1|
|Total formal votes||46,952||97.9||+0.8|
- "Balmain". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- State Electoral District of Balmain: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
- State Electoral District of Balmain: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.