Electoral district of Fairfield

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Fairfield
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Fairfield.png
Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1953–present
MPGuy Zangari
PartyLabor Party
NamesakeFairfield
Electors53,676 (2019)
Area27.66 km2 (10.7 sq mi)
Electorates around Fairfield:
Prospect Granville Auburn
Prospect Fairfield Bankstown
Cabramatta Cabramatta Bankstown

Fairfield is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales in Sydney's West. Fairfield has historically been one of the safest Labor seats in New South Wales and is considered a part of Labor's heartland in Western Sydney.[1][2] It is currently represented by Guy Zangari of the Labor Party.

Fairfield includes the suburbs of Carramar, Fairfield, Fairfield East, Fairfield Heights, Guildford West, Old Guildford, Wakeley, Woodpark, Yennora and parts of Canley Vale, Fairfield West, Guildford, Prairiewood, Smithfield and Villawood.[3]

Fairfield was created in 1953.

Demographics[edit]

Fairfield is similar to much of Western Sydney in the fact that a significant size of the population were either born overseas or have parents who were born overseas. Approximately 50% of the population which is more than double the Australian average at 22.2% were born overseas of which most were born in either East Asian countries such as Vietnam and China or from Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Lebanon. Despite this high level of foreign born residents, 83.4% had Australian citizenship which is only slightly lower than the national average of 86.1%. As for languages spoken at home English was the most common language spoken by 29.5%, followed by Vietnamese with 14.5%, Arabic at 11.7% and Assyrian at 6.7%. No other languages were spoken by more than 5% of the population. Catholicism was the most common religion followed by nearly one third of the population at 32.6%. This was followed by Buddhism at 16.7%, Islam at 8.3%, Anglicanism at 8.1% and followers of Eastern Orthodox Christianity at 6.6% of the total population. Median incomes for the population aged 15 years and over was in all 3 categories lower than the national average. [1]

Members for Fairfield[edit]

Member Party Period
  Clarrie Earl [4] Labor 1953–1962
  Jack Ferguson [5] Labor 1962–1968
  Eric Bedford [6] Labor 1968–1981
  Janice Crosio [7] Labor 1981–1988
  Geoff Irwin [8] Labor 1988–1995
  Joe Tripodi [9] Labor 1995–2011
  Guy Zangari [10] Labor 2011–present

Election results[edit]

2019 New South Wales state election: Fairfield[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Guy Zangari 25,225 57.23 +3.53
Liberal Sabah (Sam) Youkhana 11,231 25.48 +1.36
Christian Democrats Sam Georgis 4,257 9.66 −0.14
Greens Astrid O'Neill 3,362 7.63 +2.39
Total formal votes 44,075 94.19 −0.38
Informal votes 2,719 5.81 +0.38
Turnout 46,794 87.18 −1.93
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Guy Zangari 26,848 67.93 +0.14
Liberal Sabah (Sam) Youkhana 12,675 32.07 −0.14
Labor hold Swing +0.14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Labor has `let down heartland': O'Farrell". 5 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Eight Western Sydney Labor MPs rebel against Nathan Rees on Parklea prison privatisation". 7 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Fairfield". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Mr Clarence Joseph Earl (1913-1998)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hon. (Jack) Laurie John Ferguson (1924–2002)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  6. ^ "The Hon. Eric Lance Bedford (1928-2006)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  7. ^ "The Hon. Janice Ann Crosio (1939– )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr (Geoff) Geoffrey Stewart Irwin (1948- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Mr Joseph Guerino Tripodi". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Mr (Guy) Gaetano Zangari". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Fairfield: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Fairfield: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.