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Parramatta
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created: 1901
MP: Julie Owens
Party: Labor
Namesake: Parramatta, New South Wales
Electors: 96,208
Area: 63 km² (24 sq mi)
Demographic: Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Parramatta is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the locality of Parramatta. The name Parramatta has been sourced to an Aboriginal word for the area. The Darug people had lived in the area for many generations, and regarded the area as a food bowl, rich in food from the river and forests. They called the area Baramada or Burramatta ('Parramatta') which means "the place where the eels lie down".[1]

The division has always been based in the western suburbs of Sydney, including the suburbs of Parramatta, Carlingford, Westmead and Rydalmere. It has existed since Federation and is currently one of the most marginal electorates in the Australian House of Representatives, a fact reinforced during the 2004 election when the sitting Liberal Member was defeated despite a state-wide swing towards his party.

In the 2006 redistribution, Parramatta again changed its status, becoming notionally marginally Liberal (as defined by the Australian Electoral Commission). Nevertheless, as was widely expected[2] at the federal election held in November 2007, the incumbent Labor member, Julie Owens, held the seat ahead of Liberal candidate Colin Robinson, a member of the Electrical Trades Union.[2] with an increased majority.

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Members

Member Party Term
  Joseph Cook Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1921
  Herbert Pratten Nationalist 1921–1922
  Eric Bowden Nationalist 1922–1929
  Albert Rowe Labor 1929–1931
  Frederick Stewart United Australia 1931–1946
  Howard Beale Liberal 1946–1958
  Garfield Barwick Liberal 1958–1964
  Nigel Bowen Liberal 1964–1973
  Philip Ruddock Liberal 1973–1977
  John Brown Labor 1977–1990
  Paul Elliott Labor 1990–1996
  Ross Cameron Liberal 1996–2004
  Julie Owens Labor 2004–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2007: Parramatta
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Julie Owens 43,083 50.58 +10.68
Liberal Colin Robinson 32,155 37.75 -7.39
Greens Astrid O'Neill 4,288 5.03 +0.16
Christian Democrats Sam Baissari 2,403 2.82 +0.00
Socialist Alliance Rachel Evans 1,015 1.19 +1.19
Family First Rene Hernandez 888 1.04 +0.09
Independent Brian Buckley 639 0.75 +0.75
Liberty and Democracy Graham Nickols 274 0.32 +0.32
Socialist Equality Chris Gordon 261 0.31 +0.31
Alasdair Macdonald 174 0.20 +0.20
Total formal votes 85,180 93.44 +2.69
Informal votes 5,981 6.56 -2.69
Turnout 91,161 94.75 -0.06
Two Candidate Preferred Result
Labor Julie Owens 48,453 56.88 +7.71
Liberal Colin Robinson 36,727 43.12 -7.71
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +7.71

References

  1. ^ Troy, Jakelin. "The Sydney Language". Macquarie Aboriginal Words. Sydney: Macquarie Library. p. 76.  
  2. ^ a b Carr, Adam. "Division of Parramatta". Guide to the 2007 Federal Election. http://psephos.adam-carr.net/countries/a/australia/2007seats/parramatta.shtml. Retrieved 2007-09-22.  

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