Barry Collier, since 1999.
Southern Sydney. Miranda covers suburbs in Sutherland Shire, including Miranda, Gymea, Kirrawee, Sylvania and Como.
Miranda was first created for the 1971 election. It has been a key marginal seat, and has been won by the party that won government at all but three elections.
The seat was first won in 1971 by the Liberal Party’s Tim Walker. Walker was a former newsagent who had won the seat of Sutherland in 1968. Sutherland was abolished in 1968 and Walker moved to the new seat of Miranda.
Walker was defeated in 1978 by the ALP’s Bill Robb. The 1978 election was a landslide for Labor Premier Neville Wran, who had won power narrowly in 1976. Robb was re-elected in 1981, but in 1984 was defeated by the Liberal Party’s Ron Phillips.
The Liberal Party regained power in 1988, and Phillips served as a minister in the Liberal government from 1991 to 1995. He served as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party after the party lost power in 1995 until he lost his seat in 1999.
The ALP’s Barry Collier defeated Phillips in 1999, and he won re-election in 2003 and 2007.
- John Brett (Independent)
- Naomi Waizer (Greens)
- Graham Annesley (Liberal)
- Ern Hemmings (Christian Democratic Party)
- Therese Cook (Labor)
Miranda is the ALP’s most marginal seat in New South Wales. With the ALP facing the prospect of deep losses at the state election, it will be very hard to hold on in Miranda. With the sitting MP retiring, and no Labor candidate yet to emerge, it seems the ALP may have already written off this seat.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Miranda have been divided into four areas: Como in the northwest of the seat, Sylvania in the northeast, Gymea in the southeast and Kirrawee in the southwest.
The ALP won a slim majority of around 2% in Gymea, Como and Kirrawee, but the Liberal Party won a majority of almost 4% in the Sylvania area.
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