Louise Markus, since 2004.
Western Suburbs of Sydney. Greenway covers the eastern parts of the City of Blacktown and some parts of Parramatta and Holroyd council areas. Suburbs include Lalor Park, Seven Hills, Blacktown, Toongabbie, Girraween, Pendle Hill, The Ponds and Riverstone.
Greenway was radically redrawn for the 2007 election, and then again for the 2010 election. At the 2007 election, Greenway covered Hawkesbury, as well as northern parts of Blacktown council area and a small part of Penrith LGA. Indeed, less than half of the population on the new boundaries were contained within Greenway, with the rest contained in Chifley and Parramatta. The redistribution flipped the margin from 4.5% for the Liberal Party to 5.7% for the ALP, completely changing the seat. Looking at the history of Greenway’s boundaries, the 2007 boundaries were an anomaly, and the 2010 boundaries more align with those used at the 2004 election and before that.
Greenway was first created in 1984, and was held relatively comfortably by the ALP throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The seat was first won by Russell Gorman in 1984. Gorman had previously held Chifley from 1983 until he moved to Greenway in 1984. He was succeeded by Frank Mossfield in 1996.
Mossfield retired at the 2004 election, and the ALP stood Ed Husic, while the Liberals stood Louise Markus. The ALP’s margin had been cut to 3% at the 2001 election, and in 2004 Markus managed to win the seat.
The 2007 election saw the seat redistributed radically, and the Liberal margin was increased from 50.6% to 61.3%. A swing of almost 7% was suffered against Markus, but she held on under the new boundaries. The recent redistribution saw the boundary changes largely reversed, and the new margin saw Markus shift to the neighbouring seat of Macquarie, which is currently held by the ALP.
- Michelle Rowland (Labor)
- Jaymes Diaz (Liberal)
- Michael Santos (Independent)
- Tony Pettitt (Australia First)
- Allan Green (Christian Democratic Party)
- John Baiada (Building Australia)
- Ronaldo Villaver (Democrats)
- Joaquim De Lima (Liberal Democrats)
- Amarjit Tanda (Independent)
- Paul Taylor (Greens)
- Iris Muller (Family First)
This seat should return to the ALP on the new boundaries. While the seat was won by the Liberal Party on similar boundaries in 2004, they were in much more favourable circumstances for the Liberals.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
I have divided booths into three areas. Those north of Westlink, those south of Fitzwilliam Road and the railway line, and those in the centre. The ALP won a majority in all three areas, although it was a slim majority in the north, about 57% in the central area, and over 63% in the south.
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