Electoral district of Cabramatta

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district cabramatta 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Created 1981
MP Nick Lalich
Party Labor Party
Electors 55,076 (2015)
Area 26 km2 (10.0 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

Cabramatta is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. Its current member is Nick Lalich of the Labor Party.

Cabramatta is a 25.73 km² urban electorate in Sydney's south-west, centred on the suburb of Cabramatta from which it takes its name. It also includes the suburbs of Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Cabramatta West, Canley Vale, Edensor Park, Greenfield Park, Lansvale, Mount Pritchard and St Johns Park.[1]


The Cabramatta electorate was created in 1981, and has overwhelmingly voted Labor ever since its inception, as it lies in one of the city's most underprivileged areas, with poverty, drugs and crime ongoing issues. It remains one of the party's safest seats in New South Wales, and the conservative Liberal Party barely polls at all in the electorate. The minor multiculturalist Unity Party also polls well in the electorate due to the very high level of migrants in the area; Unity beat the Liberal Party by more than two thousand votes in 1999, though it slipped back to a narrow fourth in 2003.

The seat was held from 1981 to 1985 by inaugural member Eric Bedford, who served as Minister for Education and Minister for Planning in the Wran Labor government. He resigned on 1 December 1985, and was replaced by anti-drugs and anti-crime campaigner John Newman at the resulting by-election. Newman represented the electorate until 1994, when he became the victim of the only political assassination in Australia in recent history, killed by a Vietnamese crime boss. Reba Meagher was easily elected to replace Newman in the subsequent by-election and was the member for Cabramatta until her resignation in 2008. Meagher served as a minister in the Carr and Iemma governments, and polled more than 67% of the vote at the 2003 election. She resigned her seat on 16 September 2008, with the by-election following on 18 October.

Members for Cabramatta[edit]

Member Party Period
  Eric Bedford Labor 1981–1985
  John Newman Labor 1986–1994
  Reba Meagher Labor 1994–2008
  Nick Lalich Labor 2008–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Cabramatta[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Nick Lalich 28,568 59.9 +14.5
Liberal Maria Diep 13,472 28.2 −13.6
Greens Bill Cashman 2,466 5.2 −2.6
Christian Democrats Don Modarelli 1,959 4.1 −0.3
No Land Tax Eddie Canto 1,233 2.6 +2.6
Total formal votes 47,698 95.5 +1.0
Informal votes 2,243 4.5 −1.0
Turnout 49,941 90.7 −1.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Nick Lalich 29,745 67.2 +15.3
Liberal Maria Diep 14,519 32.8 −15.3
Labor hold Swing +15.3


  1. ^ "Cabramatta". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ State Electoral District of Cabramatta: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  3. ^ State Electoral District of Cabramatta: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.

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