Chris Hayes, since 2010. Previously Member for Werriwa 2005-2010.
South-western Sydney, in particular parts of Liverpool and Fairfield council areas. Includes parts of the Liverpool CBD and the suburbs of Cabramatta, Canley Vale, Lansvale, Mount Pritchard, Bonnyrigg, Ashcroft, Busby, Hinchinbrook, Cecil Hills and Green Valley.
Fowler was first created for the 1984 election as part of the expansion of the size of the House of Representatives. It is a very safe Labor seat and has always been Labor-held.
The seat was first won in 1984 by the ALP’s Ted Grace. Grace held the seat for fourteen years, retiring in 1998. He was succeeded by Julia Irwin, also from the ALP. Irwin held the seat until 2010.
In 2010, Irwin retired and he was replaced as Labor candidate by Chris Hayes. Hayes had held the neighbouring seat of Werriwa for five years, but had been forced to change seats to make room for Laurie Ferguson, whose seat had effectively been abolished.
- Matt Attia (Christian Democratic Party)
- Benjamin Silaphet (Greens)
- Darren McLean (Katter’s Australian Party)
- Andrew Nguyen (Liberal)
- Chris Hayes (Labor)
- Brad Pastoors (Palmer United Party)
Fowler is considered to have traditionally been a very safe Labor seat. A swing of almost 14% in 2010 saw the seat’s margin cut to less than 9%. In 2010, a long-term sitting MP was replaced by an MP not familiar with the area, and Hayes should have built up more of a personal vote since 2010. While 9% could be considered vulnerable in Western Sydney in current circumstances, Hayes should be able to hold on.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas. Polling places in the City of Fairfield have been split between Cabramatta in the east and Bonnyrigg-Mount Pritchard in the west. Polling places in the City of Liverpool have been grouped together.
The ALP polled just over 60% in Liverpool and Cabramatta, and 57.5% in Bonnyrigg-Mount Pritchard.
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