Electoral district of Balmain

Balmain is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales in Sydney's Inner West. It is currently represented by Jamie Parker of the Greens New South Wales.

Balmain
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Balmain.png
Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
Created1885, 2007
Abolished1894, 1991
MPJamie Parker
PartyGreens
NamesakeBalmain, New South Wales
Electors57,741 (2019)
Area16.15 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan
Electorates around Balmain:
Drummoyne Lane Cove North Shore
Drummoyne
Summer Hill
Balmain Sydney
Summer Hill Newtown Newtown
Matthews' ALP supporters. Photograph by Sam Hood taken about 1934

Balmain includes the suburbs and localities of Annandale, Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Glebe Island, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Rozelle, White Bay and parts of Camperdown and Ultimo.[1]

HistoryEdit

Balmain was established in 1880 and from 1882, it elected two members, from 1885 it elected three members and from 1889 until 1894 it elected four members simultaneously. Voters cast a vote for each vacancy and the leading candidates were elected. In 1894 it was split into Balmain North, Balmain South, Annandale and Leichhardt, each electing one member. In 1904 with the downsizing of the Assembly after Federation, Balmain North and part of Balmain South were combined into a single electorate, electing one member. In 1920, parts of the electoral districts of Balmain, Annandale, Camperdown, Darling Harbour, Glebe and Rozelle were combined to create a new incarnation of Balmain, which elected five members by proportional representation. This was replaced by single member electorates of Balmain, Annandale, Glebe and Rozelle for the 1927 election. Balmain was abolished in 1991, being replaced by Port Jackson. It was recreated for the 2007 election, taking in large parts of the abolished district of Port Jackson (the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont, which were previously in Port Jackson, became part of the new Electoral district of Sydney).

Historically, Balmain has been a working-class seat and very safe for Labor—at the 1978 election, Labor won an 84.2 percent two-party vote. However, as with several inner-city seats, demographic change and the rise of the Greens has seen a strong Green vote in Balmain since the party first contested the seat from the seat's recreation at the 2007 election. Following the 2019 election, it is considered a safe Greens seat.

Members for BalmainEdit

First incarnationEdit

1880–1882, 1 member
Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard[2] None 1880–1882
1882–1885, 2 members
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard[2] None 1882–1885   William Hutchinson[3] None 1882–1885
1885–1889, 3 members
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard[2] None 1885–1887   Solomon Hyam[4] None 1885–1887   John Hawthorne[5] None 1885–1887
  Free Trade 1887–1889   Frank Smith[6] Free Trade 1887–1889   Free Trade 1887–1889
1889–1894, 4 members
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jacob Garrard[2] Free Trade 1889–1891   Frank Smith[6] Free Trade 1889–1891   John Hawthorne[5] Free Trade 1889–1891   George Clubb[7] Free Trade 1889–1891
  George Clark[8] Labor 1891–1891   Edward Darnley[9] Labor 1891–1894   James Johnston[10] Labor 1891–1894   William Murphy[11] Labor 1891–1894
  Free Trade 1891–1894

Second incarnationEdit

1904–1920, 1 member
Member Party Term
  Walter Anderson[12] Liberal Reform 1904–1907
  John Storey[13] Labor 1907–1920
(1920–1927, 5 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Storey[13] Labor 1920–1921   John Doyle[14] Labor 1920–1922   Robert Stuart-Robertson[15] Labor 1920–1927   John Quirk[16] Labor 1920–1927   Albert Smith[17] Nationalist 1920–1922
  Tom Keegan[18] Labor 1921 [a]–1927
  Robert Stopford[21] Nationalist 1922–1925   Albert Lane[22] Nationalist 1922–1927
  H. V. Evatt[23] Labor 1925–1927
(1927–1991, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  H. V. Evatt[23] Independent Labor 1927–1930
  John Quirk[16] Labor 1930–1938
  Mary Quirk[24] Labor 1939–1940
  Labor (N-C) 1940–1941
  Labor 1941–1950
  Independent Labor 1950–1950
  John McMahon[25] Labor 1950–1968
  Roger Degen[26] Labor 1968–1984
  Peter Crawford[27] Labor 1984–1988
  Dawn Fraser[28] Independent 1988–1991

Third incarnationEdit

2007–present, 1 member
Member Party Term
  Verity Firth[29] Labor 2007–2011
  Jamie Parker[30] Greens 2011–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 New South Wales state election: Balmain[31][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Greens Jamie Parker 21,065 42.73 +5.34
Labor Elly Howse 14,227 28.86 −2.94
Liberal Wenjie (Ben) Zhang 9,875 20.03 −4.85
Keep Sydney Open Emilia Leonetti 2,268 4.60 +4.60
Animal Justice Anita Finlayson 1,103 2.24 +0.29
Sustainable Australia Angela Dunnett 761 1.54 +1.54
Total formal votes 49,299 98.44 +0.52
Informal votes 781 1.56 −0.52
Turnout 50,080 86.73 −1.60
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Elly Howse 28,127 70.45 +4.70
Liberal Wenjie (Ben) Zhang 11,795 29.55 −4.70
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Jamie Parker 24,074 60.02 +5.29
Labor Elly Howse 16,037 39.98 −5.29
Greens hold Swing +5.29

NotesEdit

  1. ^ John Storey died and Tom Keegan was appointed to replace him in accordance with the Parliamentary Elections (Casual Vacancies) Act.[19][20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Balmain". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr Jacob Garrard (1846-1931)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr William Alston Hutchinson (1839-1897)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Mr Solomon Herbert Hyam (1837-1901)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Mr John Stuart Hawthorne (1848-1942)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Mr Frank James Smith (1852-1910)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Mr George Clubb (1844-1924)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr George Daniel Clark (1848-1933)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Mr Edward Darnley (1859-1927)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Mr James Johnston (1854-1930)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Mr William Alfred Murphy (1858- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Mr Walter Anderson (1865–1939)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Mr John Storey (1869-1921)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Mr John William Doyle (1875–1951)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Mr Robert Stuart-Robertson (1874-1933)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Mr John Quirk (1870-1938)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Mr Albert Frank Smith (1885–1975)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Mr Thomas Michael Keegan (1878-1937)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  19. ^ Parliamentary Elections (Casual Vacancies) Act 1920 (NSW).
  20. ^ Green, Antony. "1921 Balmain by-election". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Mr Robert Stopford (1862–1926)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Mr Albert Lane (1873-1950)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Mr Herbert Vere Evatt (1894-1965)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Mrs Mary Lily May Quirk (1880-1952)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  25. ^ "The Hon John Michael Alfred McMahon (1914-1975)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Mr Roger Charles Degen (1939- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Mr Peter Thomson Crawford (1949- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  28. ^ "Ms Dawn Fraser (1937– )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  29. ^ "The Hon. Verity Helen Firth (1973- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  30. ^ "Mr Jamie Thomas Jamie Parker MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  31. ^ "Balmain: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  32. ^ "Balmain: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.