Penrith – NSW 2019

LIB 6.2%

Incumbent MP
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.

2015 result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Stuart Ayres Liberal 21,712 45.6 -8.7
Emma Husar Labor 15,632 32.9 +7.0
Jackie Kelly Independent 4,272 9.0 +9.0
Mark O’Sullivan Greens 2,633 5.5 -3.7
May Spencer Christian Democrats 1,856 3.9 -1.7
Angelo Pezzano No Land Tax 949 2.0 +2.0
Victor Waterson Independent 322 0.7 +0.7
Carolyn Kennett Independent 202 0.4 +0.4
Informal 1,995 4.0

2015 two-party-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Stuart Ayres Liberal 23,212 56.2 -9.9
Emma Husar Labor 18,061 43.8 +9.9

Booth breakdown

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
Central 54.1 13,866 29.1
West 61.3 10,050 21.1
North 54.0 8,628 18.1
Other votes 57.3 8,326 17.5
Pre-poll 54.5 6,708 14.1

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

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  1. Anton Kreitzer, what do you think will happen if the Liberals win exactly 45 seats (which could include holding on in Penrith)?

    The Greens and Alex Greenwich (Sydney) certainly wouldn’t back the Liberals back into government. Who of the Shooters party, Greg Piper (Lake Macquarie) or Joe McGirr (Wagga Wagga) would back them?

  2. From most likely to least likely (in my opinion), and not factoring in any specific promises/pledges from either the Government or crossbenchers:

    1. Shooters
    2. McGirr
    3. Piper (who’d be more likely to back a minority ALP government)

  3. Lib Hold, This seat is in Parts of Lindsay where Scandaled Emma Hussar is, She will be still the MP while this election is on, I do expect a swing to Labor here just not big enough

  4. I’d say a probably Liberal Hold. The missing piece of the puzzle is the vote for Jackie Kelly. I imagine about 50-60% will return to Ayres, which means he pretty much gets over the line but only just.

  5. Carl Halley is apparently the Mark Latham-endorsed One Nation candidate and will pick up some of Kelly’s votes from more conservative voters. Assume most of these will flow back to Liberal unless they extinguish. He was previously the Australian liberty Alliance candidate for Macquarie. Runs a Krav Maga academy and teaches “tactical security” in a lot of places.

  6. 56% not high……… given Ayres is the sports minister with a further swing to labour expected from 1995….. I would say Labor was favoured

  7. i say this is more of a cointoss, if Labour gets a 2007 victory then they have a decent shot at this, I don’t understand why people keep saying Ayres is high profile/popular, That doesn’t matter, it didn’t stop other minister’s and even prime ministers/premier’s from losing their seats in Australia/UK/Canada/NZ and other places, **No Seat is Safe** Even they admit it!

  8. The Emma Hussar yarn may have titillated the political class, but I doubt the ordinary voter took much notice.

    If the state election is to be competitive then Penrith really ought to be a Labor gain. I think toss up is about right.

  9. The problem with Ayres is he’s a useful (competent) and moderate local member who has either been Peter Principled by his party or deliberately spoiled by too many moves between ministerial portfolios. Police was okay, as was Trade, Tourism & Major Events, but Sports… Labor will make hay of the stadium debacle. It will be close, but I’m inclined to favor Labor unless there are some interesting preference deals.

  10. The Federal Labor implosion on immigration policy will probably save Ayres from having to rely on Marise Payne’s ministerial salary for sustenance. It will be interesting to see how other WS seats react.


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