Division of Hughes

The Division of Hughes is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Hughes in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPCraig Kelly
NamesakeBilly Hughes
Electors106,274 (2019)
Area369 km2 (142.5 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


Billy Hughes, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1955 and is named for Billy Hughes, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1915 to 1923. Originally a marginal Labor seat, it was taken by the Liberals in their 1966 landslide.[1] However, the Liberal margin was redistributed away in 1968,[citation needed] and for the next two decades it was a fairly safe Labor seat. Demographic change made it increasingly less safe for Labor in the 1980s and 1990s,[citation needed] and it was one of many marginal seats taken by the Liberals in the 1996 landslide.[1] The Liberals have held it ever since – although they came close to losing it in the 2007 landslide, due to the addition of Campbelltown to the division – and it is now a safe Liberal seat.[1]

The current Member for Hughes, since the 2010 federal election, is Craig Kelly, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


The division is located in the southern and southwestern suburbs of Sydney, including Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Bundeena, Como, Engadine, Garie Beach, Grays Point, Hammondville, Heathcote, Holsworthy, Illawong, Jannali, Kareela, Kirrawee, Loftus, Lucas Heights, Maianbar, Menai, Oyster Bay, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Sutherland, Voyager Point, Waterfall, Wattle Grove, Woronora, Woronora Heights, and Yarrawarrah; as well as parts of Audley, Gymea, Moorebank, Royal National Park, and Sylvania. The Liverpool Military Area—comprising Holsworthy Barracks and Steele Barracks—is also located in the electorate.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Les Johnson
Labor 10 December 1955
26 November 1966
Lost seat
    Don Dobie
Liberal 26 November 1966
25 October 1969
Transferred to the Division of Cook
    Les Johnson
Labor 25 October 1969
19 December 1983
Served as minister under Whitlam. Resigned in order to become Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
    Robert Tickner
Labor 18 February 1984
2 March 1996
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Lost seat
    Danna Vale
Liberal 2 March 1996
19 July 2010
Served as minister under Howard. Retired
  Craig Kelly
Liberal 21 August 2010

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Hughes[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Craig Kelly 50,763 53.16 +1.19
Labor Diedree Steinwall 29,088 30.46 −1.42
Greens Mitchell Shakespeare 6,631 6.94 −0.43
Animal Justice Gae Constable 2,439 2.55 −1.44
United Australia Terrance Keep 2,366 2.48 +2.48
Christian Democrats Leo-Ning Liu 2,216 2.32 −2.47
Independent Matt Bryan 1,988 2.08 +2.08
Total formal votes 95,491 94.83 −0.77
Informal votes 5,208 5.17 +0.77
Turnout 100,699 94.82 +0.88
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Craig Kelly 57,149 59.85 +0.52
Labor Diedree Steinwall 38,342 40.15 −0.52
Liberal hold Swing +0.52


  1. ^ a b c "Hughes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ Hughes, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°59′31″S 150°58′30″E / 33.992°S 150.975°E / -33.992; 150.975