Division of Grayndler

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of GRAYNDLER 2016.png
Division of Grayndler in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Anthony Albanese
Party Labor
Namesake Edward Grayndler
Electors 105,605 (2016)
Area 32 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Grayndler is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Edward Grayndler (1867–1943), a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1921 to 1934 and 1936 to 1943, and General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union from 1912 to 1941.

At 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi), it is Australia's smallest electorate,[1] located in the inner-southern Sydney metropolitan area, including parts of the inner-west. The electorate includes the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Dobroyd Point, Enmore, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Petersham, Rodd Island, Rozelle, and Sydenham; as well as parts of Annandale, Ashfield, Camperdown, Canterbury, Cockatoo Island, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Macdonaldtown, Marrickville, Newtown, Spectacle Island, St Peters, Stanmore and Summer Hill.

The current Member for Grayndler, since the 1996 federal election, is Anthony Albanese, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


The division was originally a solidly working-class area, although migration and gentrification have since radically changed its demography. Despite the demographic changes, it has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence; the Liberals have only once received 40 percent of the two-party vote. Grayndler also has a very high percentage of Australian Greens voters with 23 percent of the primary vote at the 2013 election. At the 2010 election, the two-party-preferred vote was between Labor and the Greens, one of only 3 in Australia (the others being Batman and the Greens held Melbourne).

Its most prominent members have been Fred Daly, who was a Cabinet minister in the Whitlam government, and Leo McLeay, who was Speaker of the House 1989–93. Daly was succeeded by Gough Whitlam's son, Tony Whitlam, who served only one term before the neighbouring Division of Lang was abolished, and lost preselection to that sitting member. According to the ABC, "When Graham Richardson resigned from the Ministry over the Marshall Islands affair before the 1993 election, left-wing power-broker Anthony Albanese organised for Jeannette McHugh to replace him in the Ministry. Being a Minister entitled her to a seat, and as her own seat of Phillip had been abolished, she moved to Grayndler, forcing Leo McLeay to move to the neighbouring seat of Watson. Having delivered the seat to the left, Albanese was rewarded with pre-selection in 1996, winning despite a high profile campaign by No Aircraft Noise," [2] and is still the sitting member today.


Member Party Term
  Fred Daly Labor 1949–1975
  Tony Whitlam Labor 1975–1977
  Frank Stewart Labor 1977–1979
  Leo McLeay Labor 1979–1993
  Jeannette McHugh Labor 1993–1996
  Anthony Albanese Labor 1996–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Grayndler[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Anthony Albanese 40,503 46.07 −0.40
Liberal David Van Gogh 20,498 23.31 −3.13
Greens Jim Casey 19,555 22.24 +0.17
Animal Justice Emma Hurst 1,831 2.08 +2.08
Science Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow 1,157 1.32 +1.32
Christian Democrats Jamie Elvy 1,085 1.23 −0.43
Drug Law Reform Chris Hindi 1,029 1.17 +1.17
Sex Party Pat Sheil 934 1.06 +1.06
Renewable Energy Chris McLachlan 537 0.61 +0.61
Cyclists Noel McFarlane 460 0.52 +0.52
Socialist Equality Oscar Grenfell 333 0.38 +0.38
Total formal votes 87,922 93.27 −0.48
Informal votes 6,343 6.73 +0.48
Turnout 94,265 89.26 −2.39
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Anthony Albanese 63,616 72.36 +3.60
Liberal David Van Gogh 24,306 27.64 −3.60
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Anthony Albanese 57,872 65.82 −4.52
Greens Jim Casey 30,050 34.18 +34.18
Labor hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2016/guide/gray/
  2. ^ "Grayndler Electorate Profile". 2004 Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2004. 
  3. ^ Grayndler, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°53′49″S 151°08′53″E / 33.897°S 151.148°E / -33.897; 151.148