Electoral district of Camden
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
Location within Sydney
|State||New South Wales|
|Dates current||1859–1920, 1981–current|
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Area||228 km2 (88.0 sq mi)|
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.
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. 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
|First incarnation (1859–1889, 2 members)|
|Henry Oxley||None||1859–1860||William Wild||None||1859–1860|
|John Morrice||None||1860–1872||John Douglas||None||1860–1861|
|Free Trade||1887–1889||William McCourt||Free Trade||1887–1889|
|(1889–1894, 3 members)|
|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)|
|Charles Bull||Free Trade||1895–1898|
|Fred Downes||Liberal Reform||1904–1913|
|John Hunt||Liberal Reform||1913–1917|
|Second incarnation (1981–present, 1 member)|
|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|
- "Camden". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
- "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 2004-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- State Electoral District of Camden: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
- State Electoral District of Camden: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.