Division of Hughes
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||369 km2 (142.5 sq mi)|
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. However, the Liberal margin was redistributed away in 1968, 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, and it was one of many marginal seats taken by the Liberals in the 1996 landslide. 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.
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.
|Labor||10 December 1955 –
26 November 1966
|Liberal||26 November 1966 –
25 October 1969
|Transferred to the Division of Cook|
|Labor||25 October 1969 –
19 December 1983
|Served as minister under Whitlam. Resigned in order to become Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand|
|Labor||18 February 1984 –
2 March 1996
|Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Lost seat|
|Liberal||2 March 1996 –
19 July 2010
|Served as minister under Howard. Retired|
|Liberal||21 August 2010 –
|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|
|Total formal votes||95,491||94.83||−0.77|
- "Hughes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
- Hughes, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.