Electoral results for the Division of Sydney

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This is a list of electoral results for the Division of Sydney in Australian federal elections from the division's creation in 1969 until the present.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Jim Cope Labor 1969–1975
  Les McMahon Labor 1975–1983
  Peter Baldwin Labor 1983–1998
  Tanya Plibersek Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 38,449 43.74 +0.13
Liberal Geoffrey Winters 25,622 29.15 −2.98
Greens Sylvie Ellsmore 16,537 18.81 +0.46
Animal Justice Mark Berriman 1,496 1.70 +1.70
Christian Democrats Ula Falanga 1,489 1.69 +0.83
Sex Party Rebecca Lanning 1,457 1.66 +1.66
Science Tom Geiser 1,361 1.55 +1.55
Sustainable Australia Kris Spike 605 0.69 +0.69
Socialist Alliance Peter Boyle 500 0.57 −0.06
Online Direct Democracy Tula Tzoras 384 0.44 +0.44
Total formal votes 87,900 94.01 +0.43
Informal votes 5,603 5.99 −0.43
Turnout 93,503 84.75 +0.03
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 57,411 65.31 +2.44
Liberal Geoffrey Winters 30,489 34.69 −2.44
Labor hold Swing +2.44
Australian federal election, 2013: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 40,579 46.03 +2.74
Liberal Sean O'Connor 26,901 30.52 +2.42
Greens Dianne Hiles 15,273 17.33 −6.42
Independent Jane Ward 1,408 1.60 +0.06
Palmer United Tim Kelly 1,261 1.43 +1.43
Bullet Train Leah Gartner 791 0.90 +0.90
Christian Democrats Lesley Mason 723 0.82 +0.82
Socialist Alliance Peter Boyle 613 0.70 +0.70
Independent Joanna Rzetelski 602 0.68 +0.68
Total formal votes 88,151 93.80 −0.70
Informal votes 5,830 6.20 +0.70
Turnout 93,981 88.33 +0.18
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 56,994 64.65 −2.42
Liberal Sean O'Connor 31,157 35.35 +2.42
Labor hold Swing −2.42
Australian federal election, 2010: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 34,362 43.29 -5.92
Liberal Gordon Weiss 22,307 28.10 +1.20
Greens Tony Hickey 18,852 23.75 +3.44
Democrats Brett Paterson 1,256 1.58 +0.48
Independent Jane Ward 1,226 1.54 +0.30
Secular Christopher Owen 718 0.90 +0.90
Communist Denis Doherty 656 0.83 +0.83
Total formal votes 79,377 94.50 -1.32
Informal votes 4,620 5.50 +1.32
Turnout 83,997 88.16 -3.65
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 53,235 67.07 -2.25
Liberal Gordon Weiss 26,142 32.93 +2.25
Labor hold Swing -2.25

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2007: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 37,506 48.99 +3.92
Liberal Georgina Anderson 20,440 26.70 -0.81
Greens Jenny Leong 15,854 20.71 -1.38
Independent Jane Ward 979 1.28 -0.29
Democrats Mayo Materazzo 874 1.14 -1.00
Christian Democrats John Lee 727 0.95 +0.95
CEC Adrian Ford 184 0.24 +0.06
Total formal votes 76,564 95.88 +1.09
Informal votes 3,286 4.12 -1.09
Turnout 79,850 90.85 +0.84
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 53,214 69.50 +2.12
Liberal Georgina Anderson 23,350 30.50 -2.12
Labor hold Swing +2.12
Australian federal election, 2004: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 36,766 44.68 +0.35
Liberal Michael Shevers 23,419 28.46 -1.64
Greens Jenny Leong 17,784 21.61 +6.92
Democrats Michelle Bleicher 1,701 2.07 -8.81
Independent Jane Ward 1,346 1.64 +1.64
Socialist Alliance Susan Price 564 0.69 +0.69
Independent Michael Webb 553 0.67 +0.67
CEC Adrian Ford 150 0.18 +0.18
Total formal votes 82,283 94.71 -1.05
Informal votes 4,600 5.29 +1.05
Turnout 86,883 91.61 +1.37
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 54,656 66.42 +1.38
Liberal Michael Shevers 27,627 33.58 -1.38
Labor hold Swing +1.38
Australian federal election, 2001: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 32,962 44.33 -8.58
Liberal Jeff Pettett 22,380 30.10 +4.28
Greens Jamie Parker 10,924 14.69 +8.32
Democrats Sydney Hickman 8,093 10.88 +4.01
Total formal votes 74,359 95.76 +0.08
Informal votes 3,292 4.24 -0.08
Turnout 77,651 91.07
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 48,363 65.04 -4.72
Liberal Jeff Pettett 25,996 34.96 +4.72
Labor hold Swing -4.72

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1998: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 38,920 51.59 +3.21
Liberal Bruce Morrow 20,899 27.70 +0.09
Democrats Ben Hanson 5,092 6.75 -2.00
Greens Jenny Ryde 4,683 6.21 +0.42
One Nation Warren Hensley 1,917 2.54 +2.54
Unity Flavia Abdurahman 1,676 2.22 +2.22
Independent Jenny Munro 591 0.78 +0.78
Democratic Socialist John Percy 568 0.75 +0.75
No Aircraft Noise Anna Lunsmann 538 0.71 -6.10
Denis Doherty 441 0.58 +0.58
Natural Law Michael Lippmann 112 0.15 -0.18
Total formal votes 75,437 95.77 +0.29
Informal votes 3,331 4.23 -0.29
Turnout 78,768 90.25 -2.60
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 50,463 66.89 +3.09
Liberal Bruce Morrow 24,974 33.11 -3.09
Labor hold Swing +3.09
Australian federal election, 1996: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Baldwin 35,788 48.38 -10.10
Liberal Peter Fussell 20,430 27.62 +1.63
Democrats Paul Nederlof 6,471 8.75 +4.81
No Aircraft Noise Wendy Bacon 5,042 6.82 +6.82
Greens Sue Stock 4,285 5.79 -1.95
Karen Fletcher 584 0.79 +0.79
Independent Peter Bushby 537 0.73 +0.73
Call to Australia Janne Peterson 483 0.65 +0.65
Natural Law Michael Lippmann 242 0.33 -0.57
Donald O'Halloran 112 0.15 -0.11
Total formal votes 73,974 95.48 -1.28
Informal votes 3,502 4.52 +1.28
Turnout 77,476 92.85 +0.40
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Baldwin 46,703 63.80 -5.67
Liberal Peter Fussell 26,495 36.20 +5.67
Labor hold Swing -5.67
Australian federal election, 1993: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Baldwin 41,621 58.48 +13.40
Liberal James Fisher 18,493 25.98 -0.87
Greens Mark Berriman 5,513 7.75 +3.37
Democrats Bob Dawson 2,805 3.94 -9.70
Margaret Gleeson 1,914 2.69 +2.69
Natural Law Bronia Hatfield 639 0.90 +0.90
Donald O'Halloran 183 0.26 +0.26
Total formal votes 71,168 96.76 +0.33
Informal votes 2,385 3.24 -0.33
Turnout 73,553 92.45
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Baldwin 49,402 69.47 +4.38
Liberal James Fisher 21,708 30.53 -4.38
Labor hold Swing +4.38
Australian federal election, 1990: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Baldwin 30,648 50.8 +0.3
Liberal Stephen Woodhill 13,047 21.6 -3.7
Democrats Bob Dawson 7,697 12.8 +4.5
Greens Tony Harris 6,745 11.2 +11.2
Independent Ken Henderson 1,106 1.8 +1.8
Call to Australia John Davern 757 1.3 +1.3
Independent Nadar Ponnuswamy 274 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 60,274 96.0
Informal votes 2,539 4.0
Turnout 62,813 92.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Baldwin 42,890 71.4 +1.5
Liberal Stephen Woodhill 17,183 28.6 -1.5
Labor hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1987: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Baldwin 29,795 50.5 -6.7
Liberal Les Morka 14,911 25.3 +2.6
Independent Jack Mundey 7,918 13.4 +13.4
Democrats William Cole 4,916 8.3 +0.2
Independent Vito Radice 1,457 2.5 +2.5
Total formal votes 58,997 93.6
Informal votes 4,034 6.4
Turnout 63,031 87.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Baldwin 41,220 69.9 -3.5
Liberal Les Morka 17,746 30.1 +3.5
Labor hold Swing -3.5
Australian federal election, 1984: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Baldwin 32,412 57.2 -7.0
Liberal James Harker-Mortlock 12,847 22.7 +1.2
Democrats Michael Walsh 4,600 8.1 +1.0
Independent Daphne Gollan 3,118 5.5 +5.5
Independent Vito Radice 2,219 3.9 +3.9
Communist Aileen Beaver 1,213 2.1 -1.3
Independent Noel Hazard 290 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 56,699 89.6
Informal votes 6,601 10.4
Turnout 63,300 90.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Baldwin 41,590 73.4 +0.7
Liberal James Harker-Mortlock 15,095 26.6 -0.7
Labor hold Swing +0.7
Australian federal election, 1983: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Peter Baldwin 40,360 67.2 +5.2
Liberal Ron Cibas 12,559 20.9 -1.7
Democrats Jennifer Macleod 4,286 7.1 -1.0
Communist Aileen Beaver 2,066 3.4 -1.4
Socialist Workers James Percy 758 1.3 -2.2
Total formal votes 60,029 96.8
Informal votes 1,954 3.2
Turnout 61,983 90.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Peter Baldwin 75.7 +1.9
Liberal Ron Cibas 24.3 -1.9
Labor hold Swing +1.9
Australian federal election, 1980: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Les McMahon 36,720 62.0 -1.2
Liberal Cliff Reece 13,364 22.6 -0.1
Democrats Maxwell Adams 4,816 8.1 +2.6
Communist Judy Mundey 2,850 4.8 -1.5
Socialist Workers Juanita Keig 1,477 2.5 +2.5
Total formal votes 59,227 95.9
Informal votes 2,545 4.1
Turnout 61,772 88.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Les McMahon 73.8 +0.4
Liberal Cliff Reece 26.2 -0.4
Labor hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1977: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Les McMahon 39,307 63.2 -0.9
Liberal Andrew Morrison 14,158 22.7 -5.1
Communist Aileen Beaver 3,935 6.3 +0.7
Democrats Judith Roberts 3,428 5.5 +5.5
Socialist Harry Black 847 1.4 +1.4
Independent Naomi Mayers 560 0.9 +0.9
Total formal votes 62,235 95.7
Informal votes 2,773 4.3
Turnout 65,008 90.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Les McMahon 73.4 +3.3
Liberal Andrew Morrison 26.6 -3.3
Labor hold Swing +3.3
Australian federal election, 1975: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Les McMahon 31,493 66.1 -5.8
Liberal Janis Wallace 12,268 25.8 +6.0
Communist Laurie Aarons 2,667 5.6 +5.6
Workers Merilyn Giesekam 644 1.4 +1.4
Independent Roderick MacNeil 537 1.1 +1.1
Total formal votes 47,609 96.9
Informal votes 1,539 3.1
Turnout 49,148 88.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Les McMahon 72.1 -5.9
Liberal Janis Wallace 27.9 +5.9
Labor hold Swing -5.9
Australian federal election, 1974: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jim Cope 32,244 71.9 +1.6
Liberal Janis Wallace 8,876 19.8 +5.1
Australia Julia Bovard 2,598 5.8 -1.8
Socialist Pat Clancy 1,132 2.5 +0.1
Total formal votes 44,850 96.3
Informal votes 1,709 3.7
Turnout 46,559 89.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jim Cope 78.0 -2.7
Liberal Janis Wallace 22.0 +2.7
Labor hold Swing -2.7
Australian federal election, 1972: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jim Cope 31,585 70.3 +5.2
Liberal Graham Robertson 6,609 14.7 -5.4
Australia Allan Sorrensen 3,431 7.6 +7.6
Communist Laurie Aarons 2,236 5.0 +5.0
Socialist Pat Clancy 1,062 2.4 +2.4
Total formal votes 44,923 96.0
Informal votes 1,883 4.0
Turnout 46,806 90.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jim Cope 80.7 +7.1
Liberal Graham Robertson 19.3 -7.1
Labor hold Swing +7.1

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1969: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jim Cope 31,822 65.1 +0.1
Liberal Graham Robertson 9,805 20.1 -6.5
Independent Nick Origlass 3,362 6.9 +6.9
Democratic Labor Norma Boyle 2,381 4.9 -1.2
Pensioner Power Donald Lewis 623 1.3 +1.3
Independent Ian Channell 571 1.2 +1.2
Independent Shane Watson 316 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 48,880 94.6
Informal votes 2,773 5.4
Turnout 51,653 89.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jim Cope 73.6 +6.8
Liberal Graham Robertson 26.4 -6.8
Labor hold Swing +6.8

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