Electoral district of Cabramatta

Cabramatta is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. Its current member is Nick Lalich of the Labor Party.

Cabramatta
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
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Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
Created1981
MPNick Lalich
PartyLabor Party
Electors54,991 (2019)
Area26 km2 (10.0 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

Cabramatta is a 25.73 km2 urban electorate in Greater Western Sydney, centred on the suburb of Cabramatta from which it takes its name. It also includes the suburbs of Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Cabramatta West, Canley Vale, Edensor Park, Greenfield Park, Lansvale, Mount Pritchard and St Johns Park.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Cabramatta electorate was created in 1981, and has overwhelmingly voted Labor ever since its inception, as it lies in one of the city's most underprivileged areas, with poverty, drugs and crime ongoing issues. It remains one of the party's safest seats in New South Wales, and the conservative Liberal Party barely polls at all in the electorate. The minor multiculturalist Unity Party also polls well in the electorate due to the very high level of migrants in the area; Unity beat the Liberal Party by more than two thousand votes in 1999, though it slipped back to a narrow fourth in 2003.

The seat was held from 1981 to 1985 by inaugural member Eric Bedford, who served as Minister for Education and Minister for Planning in the Wran Labor government. He resigned on 1 December 1985, and was replaced by anti-drugs and anti-crime campaigner John Newman at the resulting by-election. Newman represented the electorate until 1994, when he became the victim of the only political assassination in Australia in recent history, killed by a Vietnamese crime boss. Reba Meagher was easily elected to replace Newman in the subsequent by-election and was the member for Cabramatta until her resignation in 2008. Meagher served as a minister in the Carr and Iemma governments, and polled more than 67% of the vote at the 2003 election. She resigned her seat on 16 September 2008, with the by-election following on 18 October.

Members for CabramattaEdit

Member Party Period
  Eric Bedford[2] Labor 1981–1985
  John Newman[3] Labor 1986–1994
  Reba Meagher[4] Labor 1994–2008
  Nick Lalich[5] Labor 2008–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 New South Wales state election: Cabramatta [6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Nick Lalich 23,616 49.88 −10.01
Independent Dai Le 12,250 25.88 +25.87
Liberal Austin Le 7,018 14.82 −13.42
Greens Christopher James 2,384 5.04 −0.13
Independent Phuoc Vo 2,075 4.38 +4.38
Total formal votes 47,343 95.75 +0.24
Informal votes 2,102 4.25 −0.24
Turnout 49,445 89.91 −0.76
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Nick Lalich 27,375 75.53 +8.33
Liberal Austin Le 8,871 24.47 −8.33
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Nick Lalich 25,089 62.87 −4.33
Independent Dai Le 14,818 37.13 +4.33
Labor hold Swing −4.33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cabramatta". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "The Hon. Eric Lance Bedford (1928-2006)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr John Paul Newman (1946–1994)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hon. Reba Paige Meagher (1967- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr (Nick) Nickola Lalich, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Cabramatta: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Cabramatta: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.