Division of Sydney

Division of Sydney
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Sydney 2010.png
Division of Sydney (green) in New South Wales
(Lord Howe Island not illustrated)
Created: 1969
MP: Tanya Plibersek
Party: Labor
Namesake: Sydney
Area: 91 km² (35 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Sydney is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It is located around the central city area of Sydney, and includes many inner suburbs such as Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Ultimo, Redfern, Camperdown, Glebe, Annandale, Balmain, Potts Point and the Sydney central business district itself. The Division also incorporates all the waters of Port Jackson, except for Middle Harbour and North Harbour. It also covers Lord Howe Island.

The Division was named for the city of Sydney, which itself was named after former British Home Secretary Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 21 November 1968, replacing the old Division of East Sydney and Division of West Sydney, and was first contested at the 1969 election. The seat is a very safe Labor seat, although the seat had the highest amount of Green votes in any federal electorate in the 2004 election. The seat of Melbourne topped Sydney for the highest Green vote at the 2007 election.

According to the 2001 census, the electorate has by far the highest number of same-sex couples in Australia (2265).[1]



Member Party Term
  Jim Cope Labor 1969–1975
  Leslie McMahon Labor 1975–1983
  Peter Baldwin Labor 1983–1998
  Tanya Plibersek Labor 1998–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Sydney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Tanya Plibersek 34,362 43.29 -5.92
Liberal Gordon Weiss 22,307 28.10 +1.20
Greens Tony Hickey 18,852 23.75 +3.44
Democrats Brett Paterson 1,256 1.58 +0.48
Independent Jane Ward 1,226 1.54 +0.30
Secular Christopher Owen 718 0.90 +0.90
Communist Denis Doherty 656 0.83 +0.83
Total formal votes 79,377 94.50 -1.32
Informal votes 4,620 5.50 +1.32
Turnout 83,997 88.16 -3.65
Two-candidate preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 53,235 67.07 -2.25
Liberal Gordon Weiss 26,142 32.93 +2.25
Labor hold Swing -2.25


  1. ^ "Same-sex couples by Commonwealth Electoral Division" (PDF). Australian Parliament House Library. http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rn/2003-04/04rn61.pdf. Retrieved 24 October 2006.  (PDF)


Coordinates: 33°53′42″S 151°12′00″E / 33.895°S 151.200°E / -33.895; 151.200

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