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The Division of Warringah is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after the Warringah area of Sydney, which itself is named by an Aboriginal Australian word which translates into English as "rain", "waves" or "sea". The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election.[1]

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of WARRINGAH 2016.png
Division of Warringah in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPZali Steggall
Electors105,077 (2019)
Area68 km2 (26.3 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

Centred on Mosman and the Northern Beaches region of Sydney, it covers most of the land between Middle Harbour and the Tasman Sea. It extends from Port Jackson in the south to the suburb of Dee Why in the north. It includes the suburbs of Allambie, Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Balmoral, Beauty Point, Brookvale, Clifton Gardens, Clontarf, Cremorne Point, Curl Curl, Fairlight, Freshwater, Killarney Heights, Kurraba Point, Manly, Manly Vale, Mosman, North Balgowlah, North Curl Curl, North Head, North Manly, Queenscliff, Seaforth, and Wingala; as well as parts of Beacon Hill, Cremorne, Dee Why, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Narraweena, and Neutral Bay.[1]

The Northern Beaches have long been a stronghold for the Liberal Party of Australia. The Liberals and their predecessors held the seat without interruption from its creation in 1922 until the 2019 federal election when Zali Steggall won the seat as an independent.[2] Even by northern Sydney standards, Warringah has been especially unfriendly territory for Labor. For example, even in its 1943 landslide, Labor was only able to garner 39 percent of the two-party vote in Warringah; Labor has never won more than 40.5 percent of the two-party vote in any election for this seat.

Before 2019, the area covered by Warringah had been held by a conservative party without interruption since Federation; most of its territory had been part of North Sydney from 1901 to 1922.

The seat's most notable member was Tony Abbott, who won the seat at a 1994 by-election and served as Prime Minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015. He retained Warringah until being defeated by Steggall in 2019. That election also saw Warringah become a notional marginal seat in a "traditional" two-party contest against Labor for the first time; Abbott would have held the seat on 52.1 percent against Labor, down from 61 percent in 2016.


Member Party Term
  Sir Granville Ryrie Nationalist 1922–1927
  (Sir) Archdale Parkhill Nationalist 1927–1931
  United Australia 1931–1937
  (Sir) Percy Spender Independent UAP 1937–1938
  United Australia 1938–1944
  Independent 1944–1945
  Liberal 1945–1951
  Francis Bland Liberal 1951–1961
  John Cockle Liberal 1961–1966
  Edward St John Liberal 1966–1969
  Independent 1969–1969
  Michael MacKellar Liberal 1969–1994
  Tony Abbott Liberal 1994–2019
  Zali Steggall Independent 2019–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Warringah[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Zali Steggall 40,034 43.46 +43.46
Liberal Tony Abbott 35,935 39.01 −12.64
Labor Dean Harris 6,091 6.61 −8.18
Greens Kristyn Glanville 5,647 6.13 −6.06
Animal Justice Heather Barnes 1,291 1.40 +1.40
Independent Susan Moylan 1,111 1.21 +1.21
Sustainable Australia Emanuele Paletto 678 0.74 +0.74
United Australia Suellen Wrightson 625 0.68 +0.68
Christian Democrats Jason Blaiklock 461 0.50 −0.70
Conservative National Brian Clare 250 0.27 +0.27
Total formal votes 92,123 94.95 +1.03
Informal votes 4,897 5.05 −1.03
Turnout 97,020 92.40 +2.50
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Tony Abbott 48,011 52.12 −8.97
Labor Dean Harris 44,112 47.88 +8.97
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Zali Steggall 52,728 57.24 +57.24
Liberal Tony Abbott 39,395 42.76 −18.79
Independent gain from Liberal Swing N/A


  1. ^ a b "Profile of the electoral division of Warringah (NSW)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "Warringah (Key Seat)". Australia votes. ABC News. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. ^ Warringah, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 33°47′35″S 151°15′14″E / 33.793°S 151.254°E / -33.793; 151.254