Kristina Keneally, since 2003.
Southern Sydney. Heffron covers areas to the south of the inner city of Sydney as far south as Botany Bay. It includes parts of the City of Sydney and Marrickville, Randwick and Botany local government areas. Suburbs include Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh, Alexandria, Zetland, Beaconsfield, Kensington, Rosebery, Eastlakes, Mascot, St Peters and Tempe.
The district of Heffron has existed since 1973. It has always been held by the ALP.
The seat was first won in 1973 by Laurie Brereton. He had previously held the seat of Randwick for one year. He won it in a 1970 by-election following the election of the previous member Lionel Bowen to the federal seat of Kingsford Smith in 1969. Randwick was abolished at the 1971 election.
Brereton served as a minister in the Labor state government from 1981 to 1987, and held Heffron until 1990, when he resigned to contest Kingsford Smith. He served as a minister in the Labor federal government from 1993 to 1996 and a shadow minister from 1996 to 2001. He retired from Kingsford Smith in 2004.
Brereton was replaced at the 1990 Heffron by-election by his sister Deirdre Grusovin, who had been a member of the Legislative Council since 1978. She had served as a minister from 1986 to 1988.
Grusovin held Heffron at the 1991, 1995 and 1999 elections. In 2003 she lost a bitter preselection contest against Kristina Keneally.
Keneally won a second term in Heffron in 2007. Following the 2007 election she was appointed as a minister. In 2009, the ALP caucus elected her as Labor leader, and she succeeded Nathan Rees as Premier of NSW.
- John Forster (Independent)
- Kristina Keneally (Labor)
- Katalin Ferrier (Christian Democratic Party)
- Trevor Rowe (Independent)
- Patrice Pandeleos (Liberal)
- Mehreen Faruqi (Greens)
Heffron on paper is a very safe Labor seat, and has a strong candidate in the sitting Premier. It’s worth noting, however, that the Greens came close to overtaking the Liberal Party in 2007, with 19.7% compared to 21.8%. If the Greens overtake the Liberals, the margin will be much smaller.
The seat has future potential to be won by the Greens like neighbouring seats such as Marrickville, Coogee and Sydney. While the northern and western parts of the seat are very strong for the Greens, areas around Rosebery and Mascot are much weaker, with a big divide between the north and south of the seat in terms of demographics and voting patterns.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Heffron have been divided into four areas. Mascot covers booths in Botany council area at the southeast end of the seat. Kensington-Rosebery covers southeastern parts of the City of Sydney and the two booths in Randwick council. West covers two booths in Marrickville council and the nearby booth in Erskineville. The northern end of the seat is covered by Redfern-Waterloo.
The ALP polled over 70% of the primary vote in Mascot, but around 51-53% in the other three parts of the seat.
The Liberal Party polled almost 30% in Kensington-Rosebery, but less than 20% in the rest of the seat, and 15% in the western end of the seat. The Greens polled almost 26% in the northern end of the seat and 29% in the western end of the seat. The Greens only polled 9% in Mascot.
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