Marrickville state by-election, 2005

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A by-election was held in the State Electoral District of Marrickville in New South Wales, Australia on 17 September 2005.

The by-election was prompted by the resignation of the sitting member Deputy Premier Andrew Refshauge (Australian Labor Party) on 10 August 2005, in the wake of the resignation of Premier Bob Carr.

The main contenders were the ALP's Carmel Tebbutt, who had been a member of the Legislative Council since 1998 and is the wife of Anthony Albanese, the member for the local federal electorate of Grayndler, and Greens candidate Sam Byrne, who at that time was the deputy mayor of Marrickville. The Liberal Party did not stand a candidate.

Nominations for the by-election closed on September 2, 2005.


Carmel Tebbutt was elected with 49.79% of the primary vote and 55.07% of the two-candidate preferred vote after preferences were distributed. However, this was a 5.63% swing to the Greens, and Sam Byrne's 38.96% primary vote was the highest for a Greens candidate in New South Wales electoral history.[1]

Marrickville by-election 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Carmel Tebbutt 17,428 49.79 +1.39
Greens Sam Byrne 13,638 38.96 +10.49
Christian Democrats Saidi Goldstein 1,066 3.05 +3.05
Democrats Michelle Bleicher 977 2.79 +0.28
Socialist Alliance Pip Hinman 526 1.50 -1.22
Save Our Suburbs Lorraine Thompson 484 1.38 +0.01
Independent Chris McLachlan 397 1.13 +1.13
Independent Malcolm Woodward 344 0.98 +0.98
Alasdair MacDonald 144 0.41 +0.41
Total formal votes 35,004 97.32
Informal votes 1,012 2.68
Turnout 36,016 78.25
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Carmel Tebbutt 18,059 55.07 -5.63
Greens Sam Byrne 14,731 44.93 +5.63
Labor hold Swing -5.63