Mark Coure, since 2011.
Southern Sydney. Oatley covers most of the City of Hurstville and parts of Kogarah municipality. Suburbs include Connells Point, Lugarno, Mortdale, Peakhurst, Penshurst, Riverwood and Oatley.
The electoral district of Oatley first existed from 1927 to 1930, and again since the 2007 election. In between, the seat was mostly covered by the seat of Georges River, which existed from 1930 to 2007.
The original district of Oatley was won by the ALP’s Mark Gosling, who had held one of the seats in the multi-member district of St George since 1920. When Oatley was abolished in 1930, its territory was split between the new seats of Kogarah and Georges River. Gosling won Kogarah in 1930, but lost in 1932.
The district of Georges River originally covered Cronulla and those areas on the southern shore of the Georges River. It gradually contracted to the western part of the St George area. Georges River was a marginal seat, regularly switching sides.
The ALP lost Georges River in 1988 to Liberal candidate Terry Griffiths. Griffiths served as a minister in the Coalition state government, but was forced to resign from the party and the ministry in 1994 over a sexual harassment scandal.
The seat was won in 1995 by the Liberal Party’s Marie Ficarra. She lost in 1999 to the ALP, but later won a seat in the Legislative Council in 2007.
Kevin Greene won Georges River for the ALP in 1999. He moved to the new seat of Oatley in 2007, and served as a minister from 2007 to 2011, when he lost Oatley to Liberal candidate Mark Coure. Coure was re-elected in 2015.
Oatley is a reasonably safe Liberal seat, but could be vulnerable to Labor if we were on track for a change of government.
|Wayne Lawrence||Christian Democrats||1,507||3.1||-1.6|
|Dean Eades||No Land Tax||894||1.9||+1.9|
2015 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Oatley have been split into three parts: north, south-east and south-west.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in two out of three areas, polling 58.2% in the south-west and 66% in the east. Labor polled 52.3% in the north.
|Voter group||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Oatley at the 2015 NSW state election