Melissa McIntosh, since 2019.
Lindsay was first created as part of the 1984 expansion of the House of Representatives, and had always been held by the party of government until 2016.
The seat was first won by the ALP’s Ross Free in 1984. Free had previously held the seat of Macquarie since 1980. Free served as a minister from 1991 until his defeat in 1996 by the Liberal Party’s Jackie Kelly.
Kelly won the seat with a swing of almost 12%, destroying Free’s margin of over 10% after the 1993 election. Kelly was disqualified from sitting in Parliament six months after winning her seat due to her RAAF employment and failure to renounce her New Zealand citizenship, and Lindsay went to a by-election seven months after the 1996 federal election, where Free suffered another swing of almost 5%.
Kelly served as a junior minister in the second Howard government and as John Howard’s Parliamentary Secretary during his third term. Kelly announced her retirement at the 2007 election, and the Liberal Party preselected Karen Chijoff, while the ALP preselected David Bradbury, a former Mayor of Penrith who had run against Kelly in 2001 and 2004.
Three days before the 2007 election, a ramshackle attempt by the Liberal Party to paint the ALP as sympathetic to terrorists was exposed in Lindsay, when ALP operatives caught Liberals red-handed distributing leaflets supposedly from an Islamic group praising the ALP for showing forgiveness to the Bali Bombers. The husbands of both the sitting member and the Liberal candidate were amongst those caught up in the scandal. The scandal dominated the final days of the campaign, and Bradbury defeated Chijoff comfortably, with a 9.7% swing.
Bradbury was re-elected in 2010, but lost in 2013 to Liberal candidate Fiona Scott.
Scott lost her seat in 2016 to Labor’s Emma Husar. Husar served one term, but fell out with her party after allegations about her behaviour in office. She ended up not running for re-election, and the Liberal Party’s Melissa McIntosh won the seat.
|Christopher Buttel||United Australia Party||2,831||2.9||+2.9|
|Brandon Lees||Conservative National Party||2,374||2.4||+2.4|
|Mark K.C. Moody-Basedow||Christian Democratic Party||1,997||2.1||-1.0|
|Jim Saleam||Australia First||1,372||1.4||+0.2|
|Geoff Brown||Sustainable Australia||1,326||1.4||+1.4|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into central, east, north and west. North covers the rural booths including Londonderry, while East covers St Marys. West covers the booths on the other side of the Nepean River plus Mulgoa and a few other booths in between.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in three ares, barely winning in the centre and winning over 60% in the north and west. Labor polled 57.5% in the east.
|Voter group||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|