ALP 15.8% vs GRN
Anthony Albanese, since 1996.
Inner West of Sydney. Grayndler covers the Leichhardt council area and parts of Ashfield, Canterbury and Marrickville council areas. Main suburbs include Annandale, Balmain, Rozelle, Leichhardt, Petersham, Lilyfield, Sydenham, Hurlstone Park, Summer Hill and Haberfield, and parts of Ashfield, Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Newtown.
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.
Anthony Albanese has been re-elected seven times. He served as a senior minister in the last Labor government, including a brief term as Deputy Prime Minister in 2013, and now serves as a senior shadow minister.
On paper, Grayndler looks like a safe seat, and it will likely remain safely in Labor hands at the next election, but this hides some interesting factors.
The Greens have long targeted this seat. They have done well at the state level in this area, holding two of the three seats which cover most of the electorate, and have also done quite well at the local government level.
They haven’t been able to perform anywhere near as strongly at the federal level, possibly due to Anthony Albanese’s profile, the choice of Greens candidate or other factors.
The Greens came within 4.2% of winning Grayndler in 2010. If there is a surge in Greens support in the future, possibly when Labor returns to power or Albanese retires, this seat could be in play. This is unlikely to be the case at this election.
|David Van Gogh||Liberal||20,498||23.3||-3.1|
|Emma Hurst||Animal Justice||1,831||2.1||+2.1|
|Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow||Science Party||1,157||1.3||+1.3|
|Jamie Elvy||Christian Democratic Party||1,085||1.2||-0.4|
|Chris Hindi||Drug Law Reform||1,029||1.2||+1.2|
|Pat Sheil||Sex Party||934||1.1||+1.1|
|Chris Mclachlan||Renewable Energy Party||537||0.6||+0.6|
|Noel Mcfarlane||Australian Cyclists Party||460||0.5||+0.5|
|Oscar Grenfell||Socialist Equality Party||333||0.4||+0.4|
2016 two-candidate-preferred result
2016 two-party-preferred result
|David Van Gogh||Liberal||24,306||27.6||-3.6|
Booths have been divided into five parts. Polling places in the Leichhardt council area have been split into “Leichhardt” and “Balmain”. Those booths in the Ashfield council area have been grouped as “Ashfield”, and those in the Marrickville council area have been split into “Marrickville” and “Petersham”.
The ALP won sizeable majorities of the two-candidate-preferred vote (against the Greens) in all five areas, ranging from 61.6% in Petersham to 71.3% in Ashfield.
The Liberal Party came third, with a primary vote ranging from 15.6% in Petersham and Marrickville to 34.7% in Balmain.
|Voter group||LIB prim %||ALP 2CP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Grayndler at the 2016 federal election
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