Division of Mackellar
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir Charles Mackellar|
|Area||233 km2 (90.0 sq mi)|
The division is named after Sir Charles Mackellar, a social reformer and surgeon who served in the Senate from October to November 1903, and his daughter Dorothea Mackellar, a 20th-century Australian poet. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election.
Like most seats in northern Sydney, Mackellar is a safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia. It was first held by Bill Wentworth, the first Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and the great-grandson of politician and explorer William Wentworth, one of the first three Europeans to cross the Blue Mountains. The seat has been in Liberal hands for all but two months of its existence; Wentworth briefly sat as an independent for the last two months of his term. The Liberals' hold on the seat has been only remotely threatened once, when Wentworth only tallied 55.2 percent of the two-party vote in 1972. That election is also the only time to date that the Liberals have come up short of winning enough votes on the first count to win the seat outright.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop held the seat from 1994 until 2016, when she lost a preselection contest for the Liberal Party candidacy following an expenses scandal. The Liberal Party preselected Jason Falinski to contest the seat.
The division is located in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney, adjacent to the Tasman Sea, south of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River. The division includes the suburbs of Akuna Bay, Avalon Beach, Bayview, Belrose, Bilgola Beach, Bilgola Plateau, Careel Bay, Church Point, Clareville, Coasters Retreat, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cottage Point, Cromer, Davidson, Duffys Forest, Elanora Heights, Elvina Bay, Great Mackerel Beach, Ingleside, Lovett Bay, McCarrs Creek, Mona Vale, Morning Bay, Narrabeen, Newport, North Narrabeen, Oxford Falls, Palm Beach, Scotland Island, Terrey Hills, Towlers Bay, Warriewood, Whale Beach, and Wheeler Heights; as well as parts of Beacon Hill, Dee Why, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, and Narraweena.
|Liberal||10 December 1949 –
|Served as minister under Gorton and McMahon. Did not contest in 1977. Failed to win a Senate seat|
|Independent||October 1977 –|
10 December 1977
|Liberal||10 December 1977 –
14 January 1994
|Served as minister under Fraser. Resigned in order to retire from politics|
|Liberal||26 March 1994 –
9 May 2016
|Previously a member of the Senate. Served as minister under Howard. Served as Speaker during the Abbott Government. Lost preselection and retired|
|Liberal||2 July 2016 –
|Sustainable Australia||Suzanne Daly||2,550||2.60||+2.60|
|United Australia||David Lyon||2,317||2.36||+2.36|
|Christian Democrats||Greg Levett||1,401||1.43||−1.13|
|Total formal votes||98,262||95.29||+0.55|
- Maiden, Samantha (16 April 2016). "Bronwyn Bishop's battle for preselection for seat of Mackellar". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- Dole, Nick (16 April 2016). "Bronwyn Bishop dumped as Liberal candidate for seat of Mackellar". ABC News. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- Mackellar, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.