Electoral district of Camden

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district camden 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Dates current 1859–1920, 1981–current
MP Chris Patterson
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Electors 50,907 (2011)
Area 228 km2 (88.0 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

Camden is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales in Sydney's south-west. It is currently represented by Chris Patterson of the Liberal Party of Australia.

It currently includes the suburbs of Austral, Badgerys Creek, Bickley Vale, Bringelly, Camden, Camden Park, Camden South, Catherine Field, Cawdor, Cobbitty, Currans Hill, Elderslie, Ellis Lane, Gledswood Hills, Grasmere, Greendale, Gregory Hills, Harrington Park, Kirkham, Leppington, Luddenham, Mount Annan, Narellan, Narellan Vale, Oran Park, Rossmore, Smeaton Grange, Spring Farm, Wallacia and West Hoxton.[1]


Camden was originally created in 1859, replacing part of West Camden and named after the town of Camden or Camden County, which includes Camden, the Southern Highlands and the Illawarra. It elected two members from 1859 to 1889 and three members from 1889 to 1894, when multi-member electorates were abolished. It was abolished in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation and absorbed into Cumberland. It was recreated in 1981.[2] In recent decades it has been a marginal seat, falling to both the Labor and Liberal parties on separate occasions. Except in 1984-91 and 1995-2003, Camden in its second incarnation, has been held by the government party.

Camden was evident as a bellwether seat at the 1991 election when the ALP lost the seat to the Liberal Party despite the former party making huge gains at that election which was close but not enough for them to win the election. If the ALP had retained Camden in 1991, the party would have been in a strong position to form a minority government when it then won The Entrance by-election in 1992.

Members for Camden[edit]

First incarnation (1859–1889, 2 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Henry Oxley None 1859–1860   William Wild None 1859–1860
  John Morrice None 1860–1872   John Douglas None 1860–1861
  David Bell None 1861–1864
  Richard Roberts None 1864–1869
  Arthur Onslow None 1869–1880
  Thomas Garrett None 1872–1887
  John Kidd None 1880–1882
  William McCourt None 1882–1885
  John Kidd None 1885–1887
  Free Trade 1887–1889   William McCourt Free Trade 1887–1889
(1889–1894, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Thomas Garrett Free Trade 1889–1891   William McCourt Free Trade 1889–1894   John Kidd Protectionist 1889–1894
  William Cullen Free Trade 1891–1894
(1894–1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  John Kidd Protectionist 1894–1895
  Charles Bull Free Trade 1895–1898
  John Kidd Protectionist 1898–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
  Fred Downes Liberal Reform 1904–1913
  John Hunt Liberal Reform 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
Second incarnation (1981–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Ralph Brading Labor 1981–1984
  John Fahey Liberal 1984–1988
  Peter Primrose Labor 1988–1991
  Liz Kernohan Liberal 1991–2003
  Geoff Corrigan Labor 2003–2011
  Chris Patterson Liberal 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Camden[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Chris Patterson 29,545 61.4 −2.8
Labor Cindy Cagney 13,105 27.2 +4.5
Greens Danica Sajn 2,551 5.3 −0.2
No Land Tax Mario Tabone 1,513 3.1 +3.1
Christian Democrats Colin Broadbridge 1,440 3.0 −0.1
Total formal votes 48,154 96.4 +0.4
Informal votes 1,800 3.6 −0.4
Turnout 49,954 93.1 +6.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Chris Patterson 30,693 68.3 −4.5
Labor Cindy Cagney 14,258 31.7 +4.5
Liberal hold Swing −4.5


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