Electoral results for the Division of Barton

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This article lists electoral results for the Division of Barton in Australian federal elections from the division's creation in 1922 to the present.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Frederick McDonald Labor 1922–1925
  Thomas Ley Nationalist 1925–1928
  James Tully Labor 1928–1931
  Albert Lane United Australia 1931–1940
  H. V. Evatt Labor 1940–1958
  Len Reynolds Labor 1958–1966
  Bill Arthur Liberal 1966–1969
  Len Reynolds Labor 1969–1975
  Jim Bradfield Liberal 1975–1983
  Gary Punch Labor 1983–1996
  Robert McClelland Labor 1996–2013
  Nickolas Varvaris Liberal 2013–2016
  Linda Burney Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Linda Burney 41,878 47.75 +4.14
Liberal Nickolas Varvaris 31,038 35.39 −2.88
Greens Brent Heber 7,741 8.83 +0.95
Christian Democrats Sonny Susilo 3,714 4.23 +2.16
Independent Rasmus Torkel 2,236 2.55 +2.55
Online Direct Democracy Harry Tsoukalas 1,095 1.25 +1.25
Total formal votes 87,702 91.65 +3.56
Informal votes 7,991 8.35 −3.56
Turnout 95,693 89.80 −2.81
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Linda Burney 51,131 58.30 +3.91
Liberal Nickolas Varvaris 36,571 41.70 −3.91
Labor hold Swing +3.91
Australian federal election, 2013: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Nickolas Varvaris 33,881 42.35 +1.68
Labor Steve McMahon 32,345 40.43 −8.05
Greens Jackie Brooker 4,788 5.98 −4.87
Palmer United Edward Caruana 3,114 3.89 +3.89
Independent Michael Nagi 3,071 3.84 +3.84
Christian Democrats Kylie French 1,549 1.94 +1.94
One Nation Perry Theo 686 0.86 +0.86
Katter's Australian Rodney Wyse 567 0.71 +0.71
Total formal votes 80,001 87.96 −2.22
Informal votes 10,948 12.04 +2.22
Turnout 90,949 92.16 +0.54
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Nickolas Varvaris 40,245 50.31 +7.17
Labor Steve McMahon 39,756 49.69 −7.17
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +7.17
Australian federal election, 2010: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Robert McClelland 38,149 48.48 −8.80
Liberal John La Mela 31,998 40.67 +9.76
Greens Simone Francis 8,536 10.85 +2.61
Total formal votes 78,683 90.18 −3.25
Informal votes 8,572 9.82 +3.25
Turnout 87,255 91.61 −3.44
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Robert McClelland 44,742 56.86 −8.08
Liberal John La Mela 33,941 43.14 +8.08
Labor hold Swing −8.08

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2007: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Robert McClelland 45,292 55.26 +5.61
Liberal John La Mela 27,425 33.46 −5.94
Greens Michele McKenzie 6,784 8.28 +1.34
Christian Democrats Chris Svolos 2,465 3.01 +3.01
Total formal votes 81,966 94.44 +1.43
Informal votes 4,829 5.56 −1.43
Turnout 86,795 94.97 +1.10
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Robert McClelland 50,902 62.10 +4.53
Liberal John La Mela 31,064 37.90 −4.53
Labor hold Swing +4.53
Australian federal election, 2004: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Robert McClelland 36,909 49.66 +1.67
Liberal Bruce Morrow 29,319 39.44 +1.71
Greens Angelo Mourikis 5,169 6.95 +4.05
Democrats Eoin Coghlan 1,648 2.22 −2.23
One Nation Neil Baird 1,284 1.73 −1.92
Total formal votes 74,329 93.04 −0.37
Informal votes 5,563 6.96 +0.37
Turnout 79,892 94.44 +0.02
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Robert McClelland 42,772 57.54 +1.52
Liberal Bruce Morrow 31,557 42.46 −1.52
Labor hold Swing +1.52
Australian federal election, 2001: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Robert McClelland 35,871 47.99 −1.71
Liberal Jan Brennan 28,198 37.73 +2.76
Democrats Michele Adair 3,328 4.45 +1.74
One Nation David Rydstrand 2,725 3.65 −3.18
Greens Chris Harris 2,168 2.90 +1.35
Unity John Lau 1,375 1.84 −2.40
Christian Democrats David Barker 1,081 1.45 +1.43
Total formal votes 74,746 93.41 −2.30
Informal votes 5,277 6.59 +2.30
Turnout 80,023 94.89
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Robert McClelland 41,873 56.02 −3.77
Liberal Jan Brennan 32,873 43.98 +3.77
Labor hold Swing −3.77

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1998: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Robert McClelland 37,382 49.61 +1.23
Liberal James Jordan 26,430 35.08 −6.09
One Nation Neil Baird 5,162 6.85 +6.85
Unity Lin Tang 3,182 4.22 +4.22
Democrats Craig Chung 2,028 2.69 −2.73
Greens Adam Nelson 1,161 1.54 +1.54
Total formal votes 75,345 95.73 +0.01
Informal votes 3,364 4.27 −0.01
Turnout 78,709 94.66 −1.15
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Robert McClelland 45,029 59.76 +5.42
Liberal James Jordan 30,316 40.24 −5.42
Labor hold Swing +5.42
Australian federal election, 1996: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Robert McClelland 35,943 48.38 −7.54
Liberal Arthur Santorinios 30,582 41.17 +3.29
Democrats Craig Chung 4,026 5.42 +2.91
Call to Australia Chris D McLean 2,381 3.20 +1.70
Independent Safwan Nasser 1,359 1.83 +1.83
Total formal votes 74,291 95.71 −0.25
Informal votes 3,328 4.29 +0.25
Turnout 77,619 96.81 +0.50
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Robert McClelland 40,250 54.34 −5.05
Liberal Arthur Santorinios 33,817 45.66 +5.05
Labor hold Swing −5.05
Australian federal election, 1993: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Gary Punch 41,442 55.92 +9.17
Liberal Phil White 28,066 37.87 −1.99
Democrats Troy Anderson 1,862 2.51 −5.24
Call to Australia Cathy Mudie 1,118 1.51 +0.39
Independent Norm McGarry 545 0.74 +0.74
Independent Ross Green 425 0.57 +0.57
Independent Paul Balding 365 0.49 +0.49
Natural Law Dafna O'Neill 285 0.38 +0.38
Total formal votes 74,108 95.96 −0.19
Informal votes 3,118 4.04 +0.19
Turnout 77,226 96.31
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Gary Punch 43,994 59.39 +4.57
Liberal Phil White 30,077 40.61 −4.57
Labor hold Swing +4.57
Australian federal election, 1990: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Gary Punch 29,530 45.1 −3.4
Liberal David Macauley 27,238 41.6 −3.4
Democrats Ron George 4,840 7.4 +7.4
Call to Australia Cathy Mudie 968 1.5 +1.5
Independent Max Lindon 941 1.4 +1.4
Grey Power Noel Said 827 1.3 +1.3
Independent Joe Hardy 808 1.2 +1.2
Democratic Socialist Rosemary McCann 397 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 65,549 96.6
Informal votes 2,289 3.4
Turnout 67,838 95.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Gary Punch 34,752 53.1 +2.1
Liberal David Macauley 30,640 46.9 −2.1
Labor hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1987: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Gary Punch 31,773 48.5 +0.0
Liberal Bob Gemmell 29,473 45.0 +0.0
Independent Jim McLean 3,724 5.7 +5.7
Independent Charles Bellchambers 600 0.9 +0.9
Total formal votes 65,570 96.2
Informal votes 2,598 3.8
Turnout 68,168 94.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Gary Punch 33,463 51.0 −0.2
Liberal Bob Gemmell 32,097 49.0 +0.2
Labor hold Swing −0.2
Australian federal election, 1984: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Gary Punch 41,442 48.5 +1.4
Liberal Jim Bradfield 29,199 45.0 +1.0
Democrats Ron George 4,209 6.5 +3.6
Total formal votes 64,839 93.9
Informal votes 4,233 6.1
Turnout 69,072 94.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Gary Punch 33,197 51.2 −0.2
Liberal Jim Bradfield 31,635 48.8 +0.2
Labor hold Swing −0.2
Australian federal election, 1983: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Gary Punch 31,308 49.7 +2.6
Liberal Jim Bradfield 26,086 41.4 −5.0
Independent Bruce Barton 3,153 5.0 +5.0
Democrats Ronald George 1,812 2.9 −0.9
Independent Jean Lindsay 284 0.5 +0.5
Progress Peter Wright 172 0.3 +0.3
Independent Charles Bellchambers 166 0.3 −2.4
Total formal votes 62,981 97.7
Informal votes 1,478 2.3
Turnout 64,459 95.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Gary Punch 54.0 +4.4
Liberal Jim Bradfield 46.0 −4.4
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +4.4
Australian federal election, 1980: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rodney Madgwick 30,602 47.1 +6.1
Liberal Jim Bradfield 30,153 46.4 −2.0
Democrats Beverley Eley 2,464 3.8 −4.7
Independent Charles Bellchambers 1,749 2.7 +0.6
Total formal votes 64,967 98.0
Informal votes 1,299 2.0
Turnout 66,266 94.9
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jim Bradfield 32,739 50.4 −3.6
Labor Rodney Madgwick 32,228 49.6 +3.6
Liberal hold Swing −3.6

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1977: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jim Bradfield 32,128 48.4 −4.1
Labor Ron Cunningham 27,204 41.0 −4.1
Democrats Phil White 5,650 8.5 +8.5
Independent Charles Bellchambers 1,404 2.1 +2.1
Total formal votes 66,386 98.0
Informal votes 1,322 2.0
Turnout 67,708 95.7
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jim Bradfield 36,842 54.0 +0.1
Labor Ron Cunningham 30,544 46.0 −0.1
Liberal hold Swing +0.1
Australian federal election, 1975: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jim Bradfield 34,209 53.5 +9.5
Labor Murray Gainsford 28,179 44.1 −9.6
Workers Maxwell Shean 868 1.4 −0.9
Australia Clifford Willard 706 1.1 −1.2
Total formal votes 63,962 98.7
Informal votes 872 1.3
Turnout 64,834 96.0
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jim Bradfield 54.9 +10.0
Labor Murray Gainsford 45.1 −10.0
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +10.0
Australian federal election, 1974: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Len Reynolds 32,694 53.7 +0.9
Liberal Jim Bradfield 26,771 44.0 +2.9
Australia Charles Margetson 1,397 2.3 −1.7
Total formal votes 60,862 98.8
Informal votes 711 1.2
Turnout 61,573 96.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Len Reynolds 55.1 −0.7
Liberal Jim Bradfield 44.9 +0.7
Labor hold Swing −0.7
Australian federal election, 1972: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Len Reynolds 29,931 52.8 +2.3
Liberal Vince Bruce 23,306 41.1 −2.0
Australia Rhonda Howse 2,255 4.0 +4.0
Democratic Labor Bruce Stafford 877 1.5 −0.7
Independent Brian Howard 348 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 56,717 98.5
Informal votes 860 1.5
Turnout 57,577 96.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Len Reynolds 55.8 +2.8
Liberal Vince Bruce 44.2 −2.8
Labor hold Swing +2.8

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1969: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Len Reynolds 27,628 50.5 +4.1
Liberal Bill Arthur 23,576 43.1 −7.0
Independent Alan Reed 1,885 3.4 +3.4
Democratic Labor Charles Chapman 1,220 2.2 −0.5
Independent Charles Bellchambers 214 0.4 −0.4
Independent Ray Emmerson 171 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 54,694 98.2
Informal votes 1,001 1.8
Turnout 55,695 96.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Len Reynolds 53.0 +5.7
Liberal Bill Arthur 47.0 −5.7
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +5.7
Australian federal election, 1966: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Bill Arthur 23,089 49.6 +2.9
Labor Len Reynolds 21,818 46.9 −3.1
Democratic Labor Phillip Kennedy 1,252 2.7 −0.6
Independent Charles Bellchambers 371 0.8 +0.8
Total formal votes 46,530 97.5
Informal votes 1,188 2.5
Turnout 47,718 96.4
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Bill Arthur 24,289 52.2 +2.9
Labor Len Reynolds 22,241 47.8 −2.9
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +4.6
Australian federal election, 1963: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Len Reynolds 22,889 50.0 −7.2
Liberal Jack Manning 21,394 46.7 +9.2
Democratic Labor Norma Boyle 1,508 3.3 −2.0
Total formal votes 45,791 98.9
Informal votes 511 1.1
Turnout 46,302 96.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Len Reynolds 23,201 50.7 −8.4
Liberal Jack Manning 22,590 49.3 +8.4
Labor hold Swing −8.4
Australian federal election, 1961: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Len Reynolds 25,447 57.2 +7.9
Liberal Colin Sullivan 16,672 37.5 −9.8
Democratic Labor Thomas Bresnan 2,368 5.3 +1.9
Total formal votes 44,487 97.9
Informal votes 958 2.1
Turnout 45,445 95.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Len Reynolds 59.1 +8.8
Liberal Colin Sullivan 40.9 −8.8
Labor hold Swing +8.8

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1958: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Len Reynolds 21,213 49.3 +0.1
Liberal Bill Arthur 20,345 47.3 +0.4
Democratic Labor Reginald Lawson 1,454 3.4 +3.4
Total formal votes 43,012 97.6
Informal votes 1,066 2.4
Turnout 44,078 96.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Len Reynolds 21,638 50.3 +0.0
Liberal Bill Arthur 21,374 49.7 +0.0
Labor hold Swing +0.0
Australian federal election, 1955: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 20,896 49.2 −4.4
Liberal Bill Arthur 19,903 46.9 +0.5
Independent Eric Trembath 1,655 3.9 +3.9
Total formal votes 42,454 98.2
Informal votes 796 1.8
Turnout 43,250 96.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Herbert Evatt 21,340 50.3 −3.3
Liberal Bill Arthur 21,114 49.7 +3.3
Labor hold Swing −3.3
Australian federal election, 1954: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 23,303 54.7 +4.4
Liberal Bill Arthur 19,260 45.3 −4.4
Total formal votes 42,563 99.0
Informal votes 435 1.0
Turnout 42,998 96.8
Labor hold Swing +4.4
Australian federal election, 1951: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 20,949 50.3 −2.9
Liberal Nancy Wake 20,706 49.7 +2.9
Total formal votes 41,655 98.6
Informal votes 580 1.4
Turnout 42,235 97.4
Labor hold Swing −2.9

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1949: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 21,681 53.2 −13.0
Liberal Nancy Wake 19,037 46.8 +13.0
Total formal votes 40,718 98.4
Informal votes 653 1.6
Turnout 41,371 98.0
Labor hold Swing −13.0
Australian federal election, 1946: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 48,740 66.9 −7.3
Liberal George Hohnen 24,064 33.1 +10.1
Total formal votes 72,804 98.1
Informal votes 1,389 1.9
Turnout 74,193 96.8
Labor hold Swing −8.7
Australian federal election, 1943: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 51,296 74.2 +16.8
United Australia Frank Browne 15,897 23.0 −12.4
Protestant People Thomas Claydon 1,936 2.8 +2.8
Total formal votes 69,129 98.3
Informal votes 1,179 1.7
Turnout 70,308 99.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Herbert Evatt 75.6 +13.5
United Australia Frank Browne 24.4 −13.5
Labor hold Swing +13.5
Australian federal election, 1940: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Herbert Evatt 35,425 57.4 +16.4
United Australia Albert Lane 21,845 35.4 −13.9
Labor (N-C) John Rose 2,643 4.3 +4.3
State Labor Sam Lewis 1,111 1.8 +1.8
Independent John Mackay 484 0.8 +0.8
Defence Movement Robert Mackie 155 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 61,663 97.6
Informal votes 1,539 2.4
Turnout 63,202 96.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Herbert Evatt 62.1 +13.9
United Australia Albert Lane 37.9 −13.9
Labor gain from United Australia Swing +13.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1937: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
United Australia Albert Lane 28,342 49.3 +2.9
Labor John Donovan 23,539 41.0 +41.0
Social Credit Stanley Allen 5,562 9.7 −1.4
Total formal votes 57,443 97.9
Informal votes 1,254 2.1
Turnout 58,697 98.0
Two-party-preferred result
United Australia Albert Lane 29,780 51.8 +0.4
Labor John Donovan 27,663 48.2 −0.4
United Australia hold Swing +0.4
Australian federal election, 1934: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
United Australia Albert Lane 24,344 46.4 −1.3
Labor (NSW) John Eldridge 18,450 35.1 +1.7
Social Credit John Macara 5,824 11.1 +11.1
Labor Albert Willis 2,499 4.8 −14.2
Communist Pat Drew 1,405 2.7 +2.7
Total formal votes 52,522 96.3
Informal votes 2,024 3.7
Turnout 54,546 98.1
Two-party-preferred result
United Australia Albert Lane 27,014 51.4 −2.6
Labor (NSW) John Eldridge 25,508 48.6 +2.6
United Australia hold Swing −2.6
Australian federal election, 1931: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
United Australia Albert Lane 31,226 46.8 +14.4
Labor (NSW) John Eldridge 22,669 33.9 +33.9
Labor James Tully 12,877 19.3 −48.4
Total formal votes 66,772 97.5
Informal votes 1,697 2.5
Turnout 68,469 97.0
Two-party-preferred result
United Australia Albert Lane 35,538 53.2 +20.8
Labor (NSW) John Eldridge 31,234 46.8 −20.8
United Australia gain from Labor Swing +20.8

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1929: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Tully 43,207 67.6 +11.3
Nationalist William Myhill 20,722 32.4 −11.3
Total formal votes 63,929 97.5
Informal votes 1,596 2.5
Turnout 65,535 97.3
Labor hold Swing +11.3
Australian federal election, 1928: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor James Tully 32,316 56.3 +7.3
Nationalist Thomas Ley 25,070 43.7 −7.3
Total formal votes 57,386 95.4
Informal votes 2,768 4.6
Turnout 60,154 96.7
Labor gain from Nationalist Swing +7.3
Australian federal election, 1925: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Nationalist Thomas Ley 26,172 51.0 +8.6
Labor Frederick McDonald 25,112 49.0 −8.6
Total formal votes 51,284 98.8
Informal votes 632 1.2
Turnout 51,916 95.4
Nationalist gain from Labor Swing +8.6
Australian federal election, 1922: Barton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Frederick McDonald 13,349 57.6 +16.3
Nationalist Hector Lamond 9,828 42.4 −11.3
Total formal votes 23,177 96.2
Informal votes 914 3.8
Turnout 24,091 56.8
Labor gain from Nationalist Swing +13.8

References[edit]