Division of Cunningham

Division of Cunningham
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Cunningham (green) in New South Wales
Created: 1949
MP: Sharon Bird
Party: Labor
Namesake: Allan Cunningham
Area: 721 km² (278 sq mi)
Demographic: Provincial

The Division of Cunningham is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Allan Cunningham, a 19th century explorer of New South Wales and Queensland. It is located on the coast of New South Wales between southern Sydney and Wollongong, and takes in parts of the city of Wollongong, including Corrimal, Figtree and Unanderra. It also includes several suburbs on the southern outskirts of Sydney, such as Heathcote and Bundeena. It has always been won by the Australian Labor Party, except at the 2002 by-election when it was lost to the Australian Greens, the first time that the Greens had held a seat in the House of Representatives. Labor recovered the seat at the October 2004 election. Its most prominent members have been Rex Connor, a senior minister in the Whitlam government, and Stephen Martin, who was Speaker 199396. The main products and means of livelihood in the area are tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing, textiles and dairy farming.

Although the region is primarily rural, the vast majority of the population is located in the northern outskirts of Wollongong and along the eastern seaboard.



The Division covers areas east of the a ridge in the Great Dividing Range and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east. It is bounded to the north by the Royal National Park and to the south by the Wollongong suburbs of Figtree, Cordeaux Heights and Coniston.


Member Party Years
  Billy Davies Labor 1949–1956
  Victor Kearney Labor 1956–1963
  Rex Connor Labor 1963–1977
  Stewart West Labor 1977–1993
  Stephen Martin Labor 1993–2002
  Michael Organ Greens 2002–2004
  Sharon Bird Labor 2004–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Sharon Bird 43,769 49.17 -3.20
Liberal Philip Clifford 29,241 32.85 +4.94
Greens George Takacs 13,461 15.12 +0.90
Socialist Alliance Jess Moore 1,303 1.46 +0.68
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 1,240 1.39 +0.85
Total formal votes 89,014 94.32 -1.77
Informal votes 5,359 5.68 +1.77
Turnout 94,373 93.72 -2.41
Two-candidate preferred result
Labor Sharon Bird 56,234 63.17 -3.70
Liberal Philip Clifford 32,780 36.83 +3.70
Labor hold Swing -3.70


Coordinates: 34°15′32″S 150°54′58″E / 34.259°S 150.916°E / -34.259; 150.916

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