Electoral district of Blacktown

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district blacktown 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Created 1941
MP John Robertson
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Blacktown
Electors 54,495 (2015)
Area 33.03 km2 (12.8 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

Blacktown is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. The current member for Blacktown is John Robertson, former Opposition Leader. He stepped down as the Opposition Leader on 23 December 2014.[1]

Blacktown is a 33.03 km² urban electorate in Sydney's outer west, taking in the suburbs of Blacktown, Doonside, Kings Park, Marayong, Woodcroft and parts of Bungarribee, Lalor Park, Quakers Hill and Seven Hills.[2]


Blacktown is known as a largely working-class area, and as such, the electorate has tended to strongly support the Australian Labor Party, which has held the seat for all but three years since its inception. It was briefly marginal during the late 1950s, when long-serving member John Freeman was forced into retirement after trying and failing to find a safer seat. Liberal Alfred Dennis won the seat in the 1959 election, but held it for only one term before Labor regained it. The seat has since reverted to its usual tendencies.

Members for Blacktown[edit]

Member Party Period
  Frank Hill Labor 1941–1945
  John Freeman Labor 1945–1959
  Alfred Dennis Liberal 1959–1962
  Independent 1962–1962
  Jim Southee Labor 1962–1971
  Gordon Barnier Labor 1971–1981
  John Aquilina Labor 1981–1991
  Pam Allan Labor 1991–1999
  Paul Gibson Labor 1999–2011
  John Robertson Labor 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Blacktown[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor John Robertson 24,916 53.9 +9.5
Liberal Raman Bhalla 14,250 30.8 −5.3
Greens David Bate 2,937 6.3 +0.8
Christian Democrats Meena Hanna 2,750 5.9 +0.2
No Land Tax Julia Cacciotti 1,411 3.0 +3.0
Total formal votes 46,264 95.3 +0.6
Informal votes 2,262 4.7 −0.6
Turnout 48,526 89.0 −2.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor John Robertson 26,679 63.2 +9.0
Liberal Raman Bhalla 15,547 36.8 −9.0
Labor hold Swing +9.0


  1. ^ "SBS". NSW Opposition leader John Robertson resigns after siege gunman letter. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Blacktown". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ State Electoral District of Blacktown: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  4. ^ State Electoral District of Blacktown: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.

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