Victor Dominello, since 2008.
Northern Sydney. The seat of Ryde includes a majority of the City of Ryde, including the suburbs of Ryde, Denistone, Eastwood, Marsfield, Macquarie Park, Meadowbank, North Ryde and West Ryde.
The first seat of Ryde was created at the 1894 election. It has existed at various times since then. It was abolished in 1904 and restored in 1913. In 1920 it was expanded to become a five-member district, before that was reversed in 1927. It was abolished again in 1968 and restored in 1981. It was again abolished in 1991 and restored finally in 1999.
From 1927 to 1968, Ryde alternated between being held by the ALP and the United Australia/Liberal Party.
When Ryde was restored in 1981, it was won by Labor MP Garry McIlwaine. McIlwaine had won the Liberal seat of Yaralla in 1978, before it was abolished in the 1981 redistribution. He held Ryde until 1988, when he was defeated by Liberal candidate Michael Photios.
Ryde was abolished in 1991, and Photios moved to the new seat of Ermington. He served as a minister in the Coalition government from 1993 to 1995.
At the 1999 election, Ryde was again restored. It covered much of the abolished seats of Gladesville, Ermington and Eastwood. Photios ran against John Watkins, the Labor Member for Gladesville. Watkins had won Gladesville off the Liberal Party in 1995. Watkins defeated Photios, gaining a 6.6% margin.
Watkins was appointed to the ministry in 1999, and quickly moved up the ranks of the ALP. Watkins became Deputy Premier in 2005 when Bob Carr and Andrew Refshauge.
Watkins increased his margin to over 65% in 2003, and maintained a 60% margin in 2007. In 2008, Morris Iemma resigned as Premier after losing the support of party figures. Following his decision, Watkins announced his retirement.
By-elections were held in Ryde, Port Macquarie, Lakemba and Cabramatta in October 2008. The ALP lost Ryde with a 23.1% swing, which was a record swing at any by-election in modern NSW history. The second-biggest swing was recorded in Cabramatta on the same day. Both were surpassed by the Penrith by-election in 2010. Ryde was won by former Ryde councillor and Liberal candidate Victor Dominello.
Dominello was re-elected in 2011 and 2015, and has served as a minister since the Coalition won power in 2011.
Ryde is a reasonably safe Liberal seat.
|Julie Worsley||Christian Democrats||2,034||4.2||+0.1|
|Joe Cacciotti||No Land Tax||806||1.7||+1.7|
2015 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Ryde have been split into three parts: east, north and west.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 60.1% in the west to 62.8% in the east.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 10.1% in the east to 13.1% in the north.
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Election results in Ryde at the 2015 NSW state election
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