LIB 6.0% vs IND
Ray Williams, since 2007.
North-western fringe of Sydney. The seat covers northern parts of the Hawkesbury, Hills and Hornsby local government areas. Despite the name, a majority of the seat’s population is in the Hills Shire. The seat covers Dural, Kellyville, Rouse Hill, Kurrajong, Maroota, Wisemans Ferry, Pitt Town and Wilberforce. The towns of Richmond and Windsor are not contained in the seat.
Hawkesbury has existed since 1859. Except for the 1940s, when it was held by Labor, the seat has been won by the Liberal Party and its predecessors since 1927.
The original district of Hawkesbury elected two MLAs from 1859 to 1880. It became a single-member district in 1880. As parties developed in the late 19th century, Hawkesbury was dominated by Free Traders. It was then held by the early Liberal Reform party, but was won by an independent in 1917.
In 1920, it was merged with other seats to form the three-member Cumberland district.
Hawkesbury was restored in 1927, and won by Nationalist Bruce Walker, who had been one of the Members for Cumberland since 1920.
Walker retired at the 1932 election, and was succeeded by his son Ronald Walker, who won as a United Australia Party candidate.
The younger Walker retired in 1941, and the seat was won by the ALP’s Frank Finnan by only 130 votes.
Finnan became a minister in 1947. In 1950, a redistribution made Hawkesbury solidly conservative, and Finnan won the new inner-city seat of Darlinghurst. He served as a minister until 1953, when Darlinghurst was abolished, and he retired.
Bernie Deane won Hawkesbury for the Liberal Party in 1950. He held the seat throughout the 1950s and 1960s as a backbencher. He retired in late 1972.
The by-election was held in early 1973, and was won by Liberal candidate Kevin Rozzoli. He held the seat throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 1995.
In 2003, Rozzoli intended to run for another term, but he was challenged for preselection by former Hornsby Shire president Steven Pringle. Pringle’s preselection was controversial, creating deep animosity in the local Liberal Party.
In 2006, Pringle faced his own preselection challenge from Baulkham Hills Shire councillor Ray Williams. Williams defeated Pringle in late 2006. Pringle resigned from the Liberal Party, and contested Hawkesbury as an independent. Williams won the seat with 56% of the two-candidate-preferred vote.
- Leigh Williams (Greens)
- Ray Williams (Liberal)
- Muriel Santana (Christian Democratic Party)
- Peter Wicks (Labor)
The strange contest in 2007 between a sitting Liberal-turned-Independent and the official Liberal candidate was the only thing that made Hawkesbury at all marginal. In 2011, without a strong independent candidate, Williams should retain the seat with ease.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Hawkesbury have been divided into five areas: Kurrajong and Pitt Town in Hawkesbury council area, and Dural, Kellyville and Maroota in Hills Shire. Dural and Maroota each also contain a single booth in Hornsby Shire.
Liberal candidate Ray Williams won the two-candidate-preferred vote over independent candidate Steven Pringle in four out of five areas, with his vote varying from over 60% in Dural to just under 54% in Maroota. Pringle won over 57% in Kurrajong.
The ALP polled over 20% in only one area, with a 20.7% vote in Kellyville.
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