Division of Macquarie

The Division of Macquarie is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Lachlan Macquarie, who was Governor of New South Wales between 1810 and 1821.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Macquarie in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPSusan Templeman
NamesakeLachlan Macquarie
Electors108,119 (2022)
Area4,374 km2 (1,688.8 sq mi)

The division is located to the west of Sydney, and today it covers a large part of the Blue Mountains, as well as the Hawkesbury region on Sydney's western fringe.

The current Member for Macquarie, since the 2016 federal election, is Susan Templeman, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

In 2019, Macquarie was the most marginal seat in the country, held by a 0.19% margin on the 2PP. However, in 2022 the Labor margin expanded to a comfortable 7.6%.[1]


Since 1984, federal electoral division boundaries in Australia have been determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[2]


Lachlan Macquarie, the division's namesake

The most prominent former member is Ben Chifley, who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949, and was a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Voting patterns within the electorate vary significantly between the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury region. At the 2004 election, the two-party preferred vote favoured the Liberal candidate by more than 70:30 in the Hawkesbury region. The result was partially reversed in the Blue Mountains where the result was approximately 60:40, favouring the Labor candidate. This voting pattern was evident in the three previous federal elections up to 2007.

For most of the first seven decades after Federation, it was a hybrid urban-rural seat that stretched from the outer western suburbs of Sydney to the Central Tablelands, including Penrith and St Marys in Sydney and Bathurst, Lithgow, Portland and Oberon in the Central Tablelands. However, in 1977, the Central Tablelands were replaced by the Hawkesbury towns, and a 1984 redistribution carved the new seat of Lindsay out of much of its share of Sydney.

The division has changed hands many times during its long history, but in elections previous to 2007 Kerry Bartlett consolidated his 1996 win to make the electorate a fairly safe Liberal seat.

On 13 September 2006, however the Australian Electoral Commission announced that the seat was to be redistributed. The Hawkesbury towns moved to Greenway while Macquarie was pushed some distance into the Central Tablelands, as far west as Bathurst. The seat then contained the rural service and university town of Bathurst and the working-class towns of Lithgow, Portland and Oberon with the Blue Mountains. This not only restored the seat's connection with Chifley (a Bathurst native), but erased Bartlett's majority. While Bartlett had previously sat on a majority of eight percent, he now found himself in a seat with a notionally marginal Labor majority of 0.5 percent. Bartlett was defeated by former New South Wales Minister for the Environment and Attorney General Bob Debus, whose state seat of Blue Mountains covered much of the eastern portion of the seat, at the 2007 election on a 7.04 percent margin, turning it into a fairly safe Labor seat in one stroke.

During the 2009 redistribution, however, Bathurst and Lithgow were shifted to Calare, restoring its pre-2007 boundaries. The redistribution nearly wiped out Labor's majority in the electorate, reducing it to an extremely marginal 0.3 percent. Debus retired before the 2010 election. Louise Markus, previously the Member for Greenway, reclaimed the seat for the Liberals in this election. She was ousted in the 2016 election by Labor's Susan Templeman.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Sydney Smith
Free Trade 29 March 1901
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Canterbury. Served as minister under Reid. Lost seat
  Anti-Socialist 1906 –
12 December 1906
    Ernest Carr
Labor 12 December 1906
14 November 1916
Lost seat. Later elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Cumberland in 1920
  National Labor 14 November 1916
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
5 May 1917
    Samuel Nicholls
Labor 5 May 1917
16 December 1922
Lost seat
    Arthur Manning
Nationalist 16 December 1922
17 November 1928
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Albury. Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Bruce. Lost seat
    Ben Chifley
Labor 17 November 1928
19 December 1931
Served as minister under Scullin. Lost seat
    John Lawson
United Australia 19 December 1931
21 September 1940
Served as minister under Menzies. Lost seat
    Ben Chifley
Labor 21 September 1940
13 June 1951
Served as minister under Curtin and Forde. Served as Prime Minister from 1945 to 1949. Served as Opposition Leader from 1949 to 1951. Died in office
    Tony Luchetti
Labor 28 July 1951
11 November 1975
    Reg Gillard
Liberal 13 December 1975
18 October 1980
Lost seat
    Ross Free
Labor 18 October 1980
1 December 1984
Transferred to the Division of Lindsay
    Alasdair Webster
Liberal 1 December 1984
13 March 1993
Lost seat
    Maggie Deahm
Labor 13 March 1993
2 March 1996
Lost seat
    Kerry Bartlett
Liberal 2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Howard. Lost seat
    Bob Debus
Labor 24 November 2007
19 July 2010
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Blue Mountains. Served as minister under Rudd. Retired
    Louise Markus
Liberal 21 August 2010
2 July 2016
Previously held the Division of Greenway. Lost seat
    Susan Templeman
Labor 2 July 2016

Election resultsEdit

2022 Australian federal election: Macquarie[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Susan Templeman 41,025 42.98 +4.71
Liberal Sarah Richards 32,980 34.55 −10.30
Greens Tony Hickey 9,115 9.55 +0.40
One Nation Tony Pettitt 4,955 5.19 +5.19
United Australia Nicole Evans 2,774 2.91 −1.09
Animal Justice Greg Keightley 2,013 2.11 −1.61
Informed Medical Options Michelle Palmer 1,318 1.38 +1.38
Liberal Democrats James Jackson 1,272 1.33 +1.33
Total formal votes 95,452 94.93 −0.79
Informal votes 5,095 5.07 +0.79
Turnout 100,547 93.05 −0.77
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Susan Templeman 55,143 57.77 +7.58
Liberal Sarah Richards 40,309 42.23 −7.58
Labor hold Swing +7.58


  1. ^ "Macquarie (Key Seat) - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". abc.net.au. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  2. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. ^ Macquarie, NSW, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°28′30″S 150°38′31″E / 33.475°S 150.642°E / -33.475; 150.642