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The Division of Hughes is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1955 and is named for Billy Hughes, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1915 to 1923.

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

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, 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.

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 Hughes, 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.



Member Party Term
  Les Johnson Labor 1955–1966
  Don Dobie Liberal 1966–1969
  Les Johnson Labor 1969–1983
  Robert Tickner Labor 1984–1996
  Danna Vale Liberal 1996–2010
  Craig Kelly Liberal 2010–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Hughes[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Craig Kelly 46,621 53.68 +1.71
Labor Diedree Steinwall 26,570 30.59 −1.29
Greens Mitchell Shakespeare 5,656 6.51 −0.86
Animal Justice Gae Constable 2,132 2.45 −1.54
United Australia Terrance Keep 2,121 2.44 +2.44
Christian Democrats Leo-Ning Liu 1,987 2.29 −2.50
Independent Matt Bryan 1,767 2.03 +2.03
Total formal votes 86,854 94.95 −0.65
Informal votes 4,618 5.05 +0.65
Turnout 91,472 86.07 −7.87
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Craig Kelly 52,344 60.27 +0.94
Labor Diedree Steinwall 34,510 39.73 −0.94

Results are not final. Last updated 7:00pm AEST on 24 May 2019.


  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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