Tony Burke, since 2004, previously member of the NSW Legislative Council 2003-2004.
Inner west and south-western Sydney. Watson covers the inner west suburbs of Canterbury, Campsie, Lakemba, Wiley Park, Punchbowl, Greenacre, Ashbury and parts of Ashfield, Hurlstone Park and Lidcombe.
The Division of Watson is a recent creation, having been created in 1993 to replace the Division of St George. In its short history it has always been a safe Labor seat.
The seat was first won in 1993 by the ALP’s Leo McLeay. McLeay had previously held the neighbouring seat of Grayndler since 1979, and had served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1989 until shortly before the 1993 election, when he was forced to resign over allegations of a false compensation claim.
McLeay was reelected at the 1996, 1998 and 2001 elections before retiring at the 2004 election.
The seat was won in 2004 by the ALP’s Tony Burke, who had held a seat in the NSW Legislative Council since March 2003. He moved immediately to the Labor shadow ministry in 2004, served as a senior minister in the Labor government from 2007 to 2013, and now serves again as a senior shadow minister.
Watson is a very safe seat.
|Mohammad Shahe Zaman||Liberal||21,133||25.4||-11.2|
|Violet Abdulla||Christian Democratic Party||7,957||9.6||+7.2|
|Tom Gordon||Science Party||1,611||1.9||+1.9|
|Paul Geran||Online Direct Democracy||875||1.1||+1.1|
2016 two-party-preferred result
|Mohammad Shahe Zaman||Liberal||26,989||32.4||-8.8|
Booths have been divided into four parts. Polling places north of the Cooks River, including all of those in the Burwood, Strathfield and (former) Ashfield council areas, have been grouped as “north-east”. Polling places in the former Bankstown council area along with the sole Lidcombe booth have been grouped as “north-west”. The booths in the former Canterbury council area (except for those north of the Cooks River) have been split into south-east and south-west.
The ALP won a large majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 63.1% in the north-east to 72% in the south-west.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Watson at the 2016 federal election
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