Anthony Albanese, since 1996.
Inner West of Sydney. Grayndler covers the local government areas of Marrickville and Ashfield and parts of Canterbury and Leichhardt. Main suburbs include Leichhardt, Newtown, Marrickville, Petersham, Lilyfield, Dulwich Hill, Sydenham, Tempe, Hurlstone Park, Ashbury, Ashfield, Summer Hill and Haberfield.
Grayndler was slightly expanded to cover a small part of Ashfield previously covered by Lowe.
Grayndler was created in the 1949 redistribution, and has always been held by the ALP. The seat was first won by Fred Daly, who had previously held the nearby seat of Martin since 1943. Daly was a highly popular MP and served as a minister in the Whitlam government before his retirement in 1975.
The seat was won by Tony Whitlam at the election following his father’s dismissal as Prime Minister in 1975, but he was replaced by Frank Stewart at the 1977 election following the abolition of Stewart’s former seat of Lang. Stewart had previously served as a minister in the Whitlam government, and had been in Parliament since 1953. Stewart died in 1979, and the following by-election was won by the Assistant General Secretary of the NSW Labor Party, Leo McLeay.
McLeay held the seat until the 1993 election, serving as Speaker from 1989 until 1993. At the 1993 election he was forced to move to the neighbouring seat of Watson in order to free up Grayndler for federal minister Jeannette McHugh, whose seat of Phillip had been abolished.
McLeay held Watson until 2004, and McHugh retired at the 1996 election, when the seat was won by another Assistant General Secretary of the NSW Labor Party, Anthony Albanese, after Albanese had arranged McHugh’s move to Grayndler in 1993. Albanese has held the seat ever since and is now a senior cabinet minister and Leader of the House in the Rudd government.
- James Cogan (Socialist Equality Party)
- Pip Hinman (Socialist Alliance)
- Alexander Dore (Liberal)
- Anthony Albanese (Labor) – Member for Grayndler since 1996. Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
- Sam Byrne (Greens) – former Mayor of Marrickville.
- Perry Garofani (Democrats)
This seat is nowhere near as safe as the large two-party preferred margin suggests. The Greens polled only 3% less than the Liberal Party in 2007, and if the Greens manage to overtake the Liberals a much smaller two-party preferred margin would be produced. A swing of about 10% from the ALP to the Greens would reduce the Labor vote below 50% and put the Greens in second place on primary votes and would make the seat winnable for the Greens. Having said that, it is unlikely that this scenario will happen in 2010.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
Grayndler is split between four local government areas. Most of Ashfield and all of Marrickville, as well as parts of Leichhardt and Canterbury. I have divided booths between these local government areas. About half the population lives within Marrickville local government area, so I also divided Marrickville booths into two areas: those in the Camperdown-Petersham-Newtown-Enmore-Stanmore area and those in the rest of the council area.
The ALP polled in the low 50s in Ashfield, Petersham-Stanmore and Leichhardt, while polling closer to 60% in Marrickville and Canterbury. The Greens beat the Liberals in Marrickville and Petersham-Stanmore. The Greens performed most strongly in the Petersham-Stanmore areas, where the Greens polled over 27%, far ahead of the Liberals.
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