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The Division of Wentworth is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It was proclaimed in 1900 and was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. The division is named after William Charles Wentworth (1790–1872), an Australian explorer and statesman. In 1813 he accompanied Blaxland and Lawson on their crossing of the Blue Mountains.

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Division of Wentworth in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPDave Sharma
NamesakeWilliam Wentworth
Electors103,567 (2019)
Area38 km2 (14.7 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

Wentworth is the richest electorate in Australia by a significant measure, conversely it is the second-smallest geographical electoral division in the Parliament with an area of just 38 square kilometres (15 sq mi), covering Woolloomooloo along the southern shore of Sydney Harbour to Watsons Bay and down the coast to Clovelly—an area largely coextensive with Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. The western boundary runs along Oxford Street, Flinders Street and South Dowling Street, then eastward along Alison Road to Randwick Racecourse and Clovelly Beach. It includes the suburbs of Bellevue Hill, Ben Buckler, Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Centennial Park, Darling Point, Double Bay, Dover Heights, Edgecliff, Moore Park, North Bondi, Paddington, Point Piper, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay, Waverley, and Woollahra; as well as parts of Clovelly, Darlinghurst, East Sydney, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Potts Point, and Randwick.

Historically considered a safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia, Wentworth is one of only two original federation divisions in New South Wales, along with the Division of North Sydney, which have never been held by the Australian Labor Party, though Labor candidate Jessie Street came within 1.6 percent of winning Wentworth at the 1943 election landslide. The electorate is the nation's wealthiest, contains the nation's largest Jewish population and contains the nation's fifth-largest number of same-sex couples.[1]

The current member for Wentworth is Dave Sharma since the 2019 Federal Election on 18 May 2019. The previous member for Wentworth was Kerryn Phelps, who was the shortest serving MP in history for the electorate. Before then, since 2004 election was Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia from September 2015 until August 2018. Both Turnbull and a previous member John Hewson had been Opposition Leaders, with both taking the leadership of the Liberal Party in their respective second terms as members for Wentworth.

In August 2018, a challenge by Peter Dutton led to two Liberal leadership spills. Following the second spill on 24 August 2018, Treasurer Scott Morrison defeated Dutton in a leadership ballot. Turnbull did not nominate as a candidate, and immediately resigned as Prime Minister. On 31 August 2018 Turnbull resigned from Parliament,[2] triggering a 2018 Wentworth by-election,[3] which was won by independent candidate Kerryn Phelps.[4] On 18 May 2019 Kerryn Phelps MP was beaten by Dave Sharma, who replaced Dr Phelps as the new Member for Wentworth. Dr Phelps intends to run against Clover Moore for the City of Sydney.



Member Party Term
  Sir William McMillan Free Trade 1901–1903
  Willie Kelly Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Walter Marks Nationalist 1919–1929
  Independent 1929
  Australian 1929–1930
  Independent 1930–1931
  United Australia 1931
  Sir Eric Harrison United Australia 1931–1944
  Liberal 1944–1956
  Les Bury Liberal 1956–1974
  Bob Ellicott Liberal 1974–1981
  Peter Coleman Liberal 1981–1987
  John Hewson Liberal 1987–1995
  Andrew Thomson Liberal 1995–2001
  Peter King Liberal 2001–2004
  Independent 2004
  Malcolm Turnbull Liberal 2004–2018
  Kerryn Phelps Independent 2018–2019
  Dave Sharma Liberal 2019–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Wentworth[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Dave Sharma 39,519 48.34 −13.92
Independent Kerryn Phelps 26,496 32.41 +32.41
Labor Tim Murray 8,725 10.67 −7.06
Greens Dominic Wy Kanak 5,725 7.00 −7.86
United Australia Michael Bloomfield 531 0.65 +0.65
Independent Matthew Drake-Brockman 448 0.55 +0.55
Christian Democrats Paul Treacy 301 0.37 −0.70
Total formal votes 81,745 97.01 +2.14
Informal votes 2,516 2.99 −2.14
Turnout 84,261 81.36 −4.88
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal Dave Sharma 42,324 51.78 +51.78
Independent Kerryn Phelps 39,421 48.22 +48.22
Liberal gain from Independent Swing N/A

Results are not final. Last updated 5:30pm AEST on 25 May 2019.


  1. ^ William Bowe. "2018 Wentworth by-election". The Poll Bludger. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (27 August 2018). "Malcolm Turnbull to trigger byelection by quitting parliament on Friday". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ 2018 Wentworth by-election guide: Antony Green ABC
  4. ^ Commentary, 2018 Wentworth by-election: Antony Green ABC
  5. ^ Wentworth, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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