Stuart Ayres, since 2010.
Western Sydney. The seat of Penrith covers central suburbs of the City of Penrith and parts of the lower Blue Mountains. Suburbs include Penrith, Cambridge Gardens, Jamisontown, Kingswood, Cranebrook, Emu Plains, Leonay, Lapstone and Glenbrook.
The seat of Penrith has existed since 1973. While it is currently Liberal-held, it has been won by the ALP at every general election except for 1988 and 2011.
Penrith was first won in 1973 by Ron Mulock, who had won the marginal seat of Nepean in 1971. Mulock moved to the new seat of St Marys in 1981, holding it until its abolition in 1988. Mulock served as a minister through the entire Labor government from 1976 to 1988, serving as Deputy Premier from 1984.
Penrith was won in 1981 by Peter Anderson. He had won Nepean back from the Liberal Party in 1978 before moving to the safer seat of Penrith in 1981. Anderson had served as a minister from 1982, and in 1986 he challenged Barrie Unsworth for the Labor leadership upon the retirement of Neville Wran.
Anderson lost Penrith in a shock result at the 1988 election. He returned to Parliament at a by-election for Liverpool in 1989, holding the seat until 1995.
Guy Matheson won Penrith for the Liberal Party in 1988. He lost the seat in 1991.
Matheson lost in 1991 to Penrith mayor Faye Lo Po’, running for the ALP. She served as a minister from 1995 to 2003, when she retired from Penrith.
Penrith was won in 2003 by Penrith councillor Karyn Paluzzano. She was appointed a parliamentary secretary in 2008.
In 2010, she faced an inquiry by the Independent Commission Against Corruption over accusations that she had falsified pay forms. Following an adverse finding, she resigned from Parliament in May 2010.
The subsequent by-election was won by Liberal candidate Stuart Ayres. He won the seat with an unprecedented 25.7% swing, turning a 9% ALP margin into a 16% Liberal margin. Ayres was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
- Jim Aitken (Independent)
- Stuart Ayres (Liberal)
- Nicholas Best (Greens)
- Marcus Cornish (Independent)
- Carl Halley (One Nation)
- Gabrielle Mcintosh (Independent)
- Karen McKeown (Labor)
- Mark Tyndall (Independent)
Penrith is a marginal seat and could well go back to Labor if there is a big swing, but it won’t fall easily.
|May Spencer||Christian Democrats||1,856||3.9||-1.7|
|Angelo Pezzano||No Land Tax||949||2.0||+2.0|
2015 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Penrith have been split into three parts: central, north and west. The “west” covers those polling places west of the Nepean River, including those in the lower Blue Mountains.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 54% in the centre and north to 61% in the west.
|Voter group||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Penrith at the 2015 NSW state election