Division of Blaxland

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Blaxland
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Blaxland 2010.png
Division of Blaxland (green) in New South Wales
Created1949
MPJason Clare
PartyLabor
NamesakeGregory Blaxland
Electors95,362 (2010)
Area62 km2 (23.9 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan
Gregory Blaxland

The Division of Blaxland is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. It covers the western suburbs of Sydney, including Bass Hill, Birrong, Carramar, Chester Hill, Condell Park, Fairfield East, Georges Hall, Guildford West, Old Guildford, Lansdowne, Potts Hill, Regents Park, Sefton, Villawood, Woodpark, Yagoona and Yennora and parts of Auburn, Bankstown, Berala, Fairfield, Granville, Guildford, Merrylands, Smithfield and South Granville.

The division was created in 1949 and is named after Gregory Blaxland.[1] He was a farmer and an early Australian explorer of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Members[change | change source]

Member Party Term
  James Harrison Labor 1949–1969
  Paul Keating Labor 1969–1996
  Michael Hatton Labor 1996–2007
  Jason Clare Labor 2007–present

It has been held by the Australian Labor Party since it was set up. Western Sydney has supported Labor for over a century. Its most notable member has been Paul Keating, who was Prime Minister of Australia 1991–96. In 2007, Keating's successor, Michael Hatton, lost preselection for this seat to Jason Clare. Clare had worked for former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.[2] Clare became Cabinet Secretary, Minister for Justice, and Minister for Home Affairs.

Election results[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Commonwealth Electoral Division of Blaxland (NSW) – Australian Electoral Commission". aec.gov.au. 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. Bowe, William. "Blaxland". House of Representatives 2007. The Poll Bludger. Retrieved 2007-09-21.

Other websites[change | change source]

Preceded by
Wills
Division represented by the Prime Minister
1991–1996
Paul Keating
Succeeded by
Bennelong

Coordinates: 33°53′17″S 151°00′00″E / 33.888°S 151.000°E / -33.888; 151.000