Electoral district of Strathfield

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district strathfield 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1988–present
MPJodi McKay
PartyLabor Party
Electors53,882 (2017)
Area22.80 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Electorates around Strathfield:
Auburn Drummoyne Drummoyne
Auburn Strathfield Summer Hill
Lakemba Canterbury Canterbury

Strathfield is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Jodi McKay of the Labor Party. It was first created in 1988 and derives its name from the suburb of the same name.

Strathfield is an urban electorate, covering 19 km² and taking in the suburbs of Burwood Heights, Burwood, Croydon, Croydon Park, Enfield, Flemington, Homebush, Homebush West, North Strathfield, Strathfield, Strathfield South and parts of Ashbury, Ashfield, Belfield and Concord West.[1]


Strathfield was created in 1988. While traditionally a marginal electorate, Strathfield tended to favour the Liberal Party in its earlier years. It was first won by Liberal Paul Zammit, who later went on to have a short-lived career as a Liberal member of the federal House of Representatives. Zammit later contested the federal seat as an independent on the issue of airports and air traffic over the area. Zammit was succeeded by Liberal Bruce MacCarthy, who was defeated after one term. His successor, Paul Whelan, was a prominent sitting minister in the Carr government who had shifted to Strathfield from the abolished seat of Ashfield, and subsequently served as Police Minister while the member for Strathfield. The seat has tended to lean towards Labor ever since, with Whelan being succeeded by Virginia Judge. Judge lost the seat in 2011 to Liberal candidate Charles Casuscelli, but he was in turn defeated by Labor's Jodi McKay in 2015.

Members for Strathfield[edit]

Member Party Term
  Paul Zammit Liberal 1988–1996
  Bruce MacCarthy Liberal 1996–1999
  Paul Whelan Labor 1999–2003
  Virginia Judge Labor 2003–2011
  Charles Casuscelli Liberal 2011–2015
  Jodi McKay Labor 2015–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Strathfield[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Casuscelli 19,884 42.7 −5.1
Labor Jodi McKay 19,721 42.4 +7.4
Greens Lance Dale 4,292 9.2 −1.9
Christian Democrats David Brook 1,573 3.4 +0.0
No Land Tax Stephen Chehab 1,092 2.3 +2.3
Total formal votes 46,562 96.8 +0.1
Informal votes 1,523 3.2 −0.1
Turnout 48,085 90.7 +2.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jodi McKay 22,371 51.8 +8.2
Liberal Charles Casuscelli 20,829 48.2 −8.2
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +8.2


  1. ^ "Strathfield". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ State Electoral District of Strathfield: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  3. ^ State Electoral District of Strathfield: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.

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