Hawkesbury – NSW 2019

LIB 17.8%

Incumbent MP
Dominic Perottet, since 2015. Previously member for Castle Hill 2011-2015.

Geography
North-western fringe of Sydney. The seat covers the entirety of the Hawkesbury local government area and northern parts of the Hornsby and Hills council areas. The seat covers Richmond, Windsor, Kurrajong and surrounding areas.

History
Hawkesbury has existed since 1859. Except for the 1940s, when it was held by Labor, the seat has been won by the Liberal Party and its predecessors since 1927.

The original district of Hawkesbury elected two MLAs from 1859 to 1880. It became a single-member district in 1880. As parties developed in the late 19th century, Hawkesbury was dominated by Free Traders. It was then held by the early Liberal Reform party, but was won by an independent in 1917.

In 1920, it was merged with other seats to form the three-member Cumberland district.

Hawkesbury was restored in 1927, and won by Nationalist Bruce Walker, who had been one of the Members for Cumberland since 1920.

Walker retired at the 1932 election, and was succeeded by his son Ronald Walker, who won as a United Australia Party candidate.

The younger Walker retired in 1941, and the seat was won by the ALP’s Frank Finnan by only 130 votes.

Finnan became a minister in 1947. In 1950, a redistribution made Hawkesbury solidly conservative, and Finnan won the new inner-city seat of Darlinghurst. He served as a minister until 1953, when Darlinghurst was abolished, and he retired.

Bernie Deane won Hawkesbury for the Liberal Party in 1950. He held the seat throughout the 1950s and 1960s as a backbencher. He retired in late 1972.

The by-election was held in early 1973, and was won by Liberal candidate Kevin Rozzoli. He held the seat throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 1995.

In 2003, Rozzoli intended to run for another term, but he was challenged for preselection by former Hornsby Shire president Steven Pringle. Pringle’s preselection was controversial, creating deep animosity in the local Liberal Party.

In 2006, Pringle faced his own preselection challenge from Baulkham Hills Shire councillor Ray Williams. Williams defeated Pringle in late 2006. Pringle resigned from the Liberal Party, and contested Hawkesbury as an independent. Williams won the seat with 56% of the two-candidate-preferred vote.

Ray Williams was easily re-elected in 2011.

Ray Williams swapped seats in 2015 with Dominic Perottet, who had won the neighbouring seat of Castle Hill in 2011.

Candidates
No information.

Assessment
Hawkesbury is a safe Liberal seat.

2015 result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Dominic Perrottet Liberal 26,53056.6-9.9
Barry Calvert Labor 10,52022.4+7.1
Danielle Wheeler Greens 3,5347.5-2.8
Kate MackanessIndependent2,8456.1+6.1
Caroline FraserChristian Democrats1,2502.7-1.1
Victor AlbertsNo Land Tax9352.0+2.0
Ralph HarlanderIndependent7331.6+1.6
Tania RollinsonIndependent5181.1+1.1
Informal2,0634.2

2015 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Dominic Perrottet Liberal 27,86667.8-10.6
Barry Calvert Labor 13,24632.2+10.6

Booth breakdown

Booths in Hawkesbury have been split into four parts. Polling places in the Hills shire have been grouped as “East”, and three booths in the north of the Hawkesbury region have been grouped as “North”.

The remaining booths in the heart of the seat have been split between those around Richmond and those around Windsor.

The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 53.9% in the north to 83% in the east.

Voter groupLIB 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Windsor68.315,35032.8
Richmond62.712,55626.8
East83.04,5349.7
North53.97231.5
Other votes68.58,35317.8
Pre-poll65.55,34911.4

Two-party-preferred votes in Hawkesbury at the 2015 NSW state election

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1 COMMENT

  1. Robyn Preston, from Hills Shire Council, has now been pre-selected from the Liberal Party to run in Hawkesbury, replacing Dominic Perrottet, who has moved to Epping.

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