- Division of Watson
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Watson (green) in New South Wales
Created: 1993 MP: Tony Burke Party: Labor Namesake: John Christian Watson Area: 42 km² (16 sq mi) Demographic: Inner Metropolitan
The Division of Watson is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in the southern suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Belfield, Belmore, Burwood Heights, Campsie, Chullora, Clemton Park, Enfield, Greenacre, Lakemba, Mount Lewis, Roselands, Strathfield South and Wiley Park and parts of Ashbury, Bankstown, Beverly Hills, Burwood, Canterbury, Croydon, Croydon Park, Earlwood, Kingsgrove, Narwee, Punchbowl, Riverwood and Strathfield.
The Division was created at the redistribution of 31 January 1992, to replace the abolished Division of St George and is named after Rt. Hon John Christian Watson, the first Labor Prime Minister of Australia. It was first contested at the 1993 Federal election. The seat is currently a safe Labor seat. It has previously been held by Leo McLeay, a former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.
There was previously another Division of Watson (1934-69), located in the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney, however that Division is not connected to this one except in name.
Member Party Term Leo McLeay Labor 1993–2004 Tony Burke Labor 2004–present
Australian federal election, 2010: Watson Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labor Tony Burke 38,707 50.43 -9.87 Liberal Ken Nam 28,527 37.17 +9.53 Greens Christine Donayre 7,387 9.62 +3.14 Independent Mark Sharma 2,136 2.78 +2.78 Total formal votes 76,757 87.20 -3.71 Informal votes 11,265 12.80 +3.71 Turnout 88,022 90.03 -2.21 Two-candidate preferred result Labor Tony Burke 45,393 59.14 -9.06 Liberal Ken Nam 31,364 40.86 +9.06 Labor hold Swing -9.06
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