Macquarie – Australia 2013

LIB 1.3%

Incumbent MP
Louise Markus, since 2010. Previously Member for Greenway 2004-2010.

Geography
Macquarie covers the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury council areas, including the towns of Katoomba, Blaxland, Wentworth Falls, Lawson, Richmond, Windsor and Kurrajong.

History
Macquarie is a federation seat, and has always sat to the west of Sydney and covered the Blue Mountains, although its boundaries have shifted. It has tended to be a marginal seat, although in recent decades it has not always swung with the national trend.

The seat was first won by the Free Trade party in 1901, and they held it for two terms before Ernest Carr won it in 1906 for Labor. Carr held the seat until 1917, when he was defeated for reelection after leaving the ALP in late 1916 to join the Nationalist Party. The ALP held the seat again from 1917 until 1922, when the Nationalist Party won back the seat. Arthur Manning was reelected in 1925 against future Prime Minister Ben Chifley, who defeated Manning on a second attempt in 1928.

Chifley held the seat for two terms before losing to John Lawson of the United Australia Party in 1931. Lawson was reelected in 1934 and 1937 before Chifley defeated him in 1940. Chifley went on to serve as a senior Minister under John Curtin and became Prime Minister in 1945. He lost the Prime Ministership in 1949, then led his party in Opposition. He was reelected in Macquarie at the 1951 double dissolution before dying a few weeks later.

The seat was won in 1951 by Anthony Luchetti, a longstanding Labor activist in Macquarie. Luchetti had been Chifley’s campaign manager during his first stint in Macquarie in the 1920s, but stood as a Lang Labor candidate at the 1931 election. The split Labor vote saw the UAP win the seat in a slim margin. Luchetti held the seat from 1951 until his retirement in 1975.

The Liberal Party won the seat in 1975 in the person of Reg Gillard, who was defeated by the ALP’s Ross Free in 1980. The 1984 redistribution saw Free move to the new seat of Lindsay, and the Liberal Party’s Alasdair Webster won Macquarie.

Webster lost the seat in 1993 to Maggie Deahm of the ALP, who lost the seat herself in 1996 to Kerry Bartlett. Bartlett made the seat fairly safe over the next decade before the 2007 redistribution saw Bartlett defeated by the long-serving state MP and Minister Bob Debus. Debus went straight into Kevin Rudd’s ministry as Minister for Home Affairs. Debus resigned from the ministry in June 2009 in anticipation of his retirement from politics at the next election.

At the 2010 election the seat’s boundaries were shifted back to the boundaries in 2004. Louise Markus, who held Greenway in 2007 when it covered Hawkesbury council, chose to run for Macquarie instead, and won the seat with a 1.3% margin.

Candidates

  • Tony Piper (Christian Democratic Party)
  • Louise Markus (Liberal)
  • Susan Templeman (Labor)
  • Teresa Elaro (Democratic Labour Party)
  • Phillip Maxwell (Palmer United Party)
  • Matt Hodgson (Australia First)
  • Danielle Wheeler (Greens)
  • Mark Littlejohn (Sex Party)

Assessment
Macquarie is a very marginal Liberal seat. Markus is serving her first term representing the Blue Mountains area and she could benefit from more of a personal vote in that area.

2010 result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Louise Markus LIB 38,867 44.47 -0.23
Susan Templeman ALP 28,284 32.36 -5.75
Carmel McCallum GRN 12,317 14.09 +3.11
Peter Whelan LDP 2,087 2.39 +2.19
Luke Portelli CDP 1,883 2.15 -0.10
Amy Bell IND 1,778 2.03 +2.03
Jason Cornelius FF 922 1.05 -0.02
John Bates AF 676 0.77 +0.77
Terry Tremethick CA 591 0.68 +0.68

2010 two-candidate-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Louise Markus LIB 44,801 51.26 +1.54
Susan Templeman ALP 42,604 48.74 -1.54

Polling booths in Macquarie at the 2010 federal election. Hawkesbury in green, Lower Blue Mountains in blue, Upper Blue Mountains in orange.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into three parts. The Macquarie electorate is clearly divided between the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains. There is also clear divisions between the upper and lower mountains.

The Liberal Party polled over 63% in the Hawkesbury, while the ALP polled a 52.6% in the lower mountains and 66.3% in the upper mountains. The Greens vote varied from 23.5% in the upper mountains to 7.4% in the Hawkesbury.

Voter group GRN % LIB 2PP % Total votes % of votes
Hawkesbury 7.39 63.57 29,804 34.10
Lower Blue Mountains 15.05 47.39 21,894 25.05
Upper Blue Mountains 23.54 33.71 16,145 18.47
Other votes 15.43 51.31 19,562 22.38

Two-party-preferred votes in Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Greens primary votes in Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Two-party-preferred votes in the Lower Blue Mountains part of Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Greens primary votes in the Lower Blue Mountains part of Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Two-party-preferred votes in the Upper Blue Mountains part of Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Greens primary votes in the Upper Blue Mountains part of Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Two-party-preferred votes in the Hawkesbury part of Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.

Greens primary votes in the Hawkesbury part of Macquarie at the 2010 federal election.