Bob Debus, since 2007. Previously Member for the state seat of Blue Mountains 1981-1988, 1995-2007.
Macquarie covers the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury local government areas.
Macquarie covered the same territory at the 2004 election that it will in 2010: namely the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions. At the 2007 election, the seat was radically redrawn, with Hawkesbury being added to Greenway and Macquarie spilling over into Central West NSW. The 2010 election has seen those changes reversed.
Macquarie is a federation seat, and has always sat to the west of Sydney and covered the Blue Mountains, although its boundaries have shifted. It has tended to be a marginal seat, although in recent decades it has not always swung with the national trend.
The seat was first won by the Free Trade party in 1901, and they held it for two terms before Ernest Carr won it in 1906 for Labor. Carr held the seat until 1917, when he was defeated for reelection after leaving the ALP in late 1916 to join the Nationalist Party. The ALP held the seat again from 1917 until 1922, when the Nationalist Party won back the seat. Arthur Manning was reelected in 1925 against future Prime Minister Ben Chifley, who defeated Manning on a second attempt in 1928.
Chifley held the seat for two terms before losing to John Lawson of the United Australia Party in 1931. Lawson was reelected in 1934 and 1937 before Chifley defeated him in 1940. Chifley went on to serve as a senior Minister under John Curtin and became Prime Minister in 1945. He lost the Prime Ministership in 1949, then led his party in Opposition. He was reelected in Macquarie at the 1951 double dissolution before dying a few weeks later.
The seat was won in 1951 by Anthony Luchetti, a longstanding Labor activist in Macquarie. Luchetti had been Chifley’s campaign manager during his first stint in Macquarie in the 1920s, but stood as a Lang Labor candidate at the 1931 election. The split Labor vote saw the UAP win the seat in a slim margin. Luchetti held the seat from 1951 until his retirement in 1975.
The Liberal Party won the seat in 1975 in the person of Reg Gillard, who was defeated by the ALP’s Ross Free in 1980. The 1984 redistribution saw Free move to the new seat of Lindsay, and the Liberal Party’s Alasdair Webster won Macquarie.
Webster lost the seat in 1993 to Maggie Deahm of the ALP, who lost the seat herself in 1996 to Kerry Bartlett. Bartlett made the seat fairly safe over the next decade before the 2007 redistribution saw Bartlett defeated by the long-serving state MP and Minister Bob Debus. Debus went straight into Kevin Rudd’s ministry as Minister for Home Affairs. Debus resigned from the ministry in June 2009 in anticipation of his retirement from politics at the next election.
- Peter Whelan (Liberal Democrats)
- Amy Bell (Independent)
- Carmel McCallum (Greens)
- Terry Tremethick (Carers Alliance)
- Susan Templeman (Labor)
- John Bates (Australia First)
- Luke Portelli (Christian Democratic Party)
- Jason Cornelius (Family First)
- Louise Markus (Liberal) – Member for Greenway since 2004.
Macquarie no longer represents the seat won by Debus in 2007, and more resembles the seat won safely by Kerry Bartlett earlier in the 2000s. When you consider the slim Labor margin in the seat and the fact that the only incumbent MP in the race will be a Liberal, you’d have to say the Liberals will have a chance to win the seat.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
I divided the booths between those in the Blue Mountains, which were in Macquarie in 2007 and those in Hawkesbury which were in Greenway in 2007. I have also included the ‘other votes’ from both Macquarie and Greenway in 2007 due to the fact that the new Macquarie takes very large parts of both seats.
|Voter group||GRN %||ALP 2CP %||Total votes||% of ordinary votes|
|Other votes (Macquarie)||10.63||54.93||18,638|
|Other votes (Greenway)||6.32||44.63||14,149|