Division of Reid

Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Reid in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1922
MP Craig Laundy
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir George Reid
Electors 105,496 (2016)
Area 55 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Reid is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after the Right Honourable Sir George Reid, a former Premier of New South Wales and the fourth Prime Minister of Australia. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election.

The division is located in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Concord West, Five Dock, Flemington, Homebush, Homebush West, Liberty Grove, Mortlake, Newington, North Strathfield, Rhodes, Rodd Point, Russell Lea, Strathfield, Sydney Olympic Park, Wareemba, and Wentworth Point; and includes parts of Ashfield, Auburn, Burwood, Croydon, Drummoyne, Homebush Bay, Lidcombe, Silverwater, and Spectacle Island.

The current Member for Reid, since the 2013 federal election, is Craig Laundy, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Under initial proposals for the 2009 redistribution, the Australian Electoral Commission proposed that the division be abolished. However, in the final proposal the name "Reid" was retained for a division combining much of the now-abolished Division of Lowe, with part of the old Division of Reid.[1]

Reid was historically a safe Australian Labor Party seat, however, the 2009 redistribution reduced Labor's margin by six percent, and became far less safe for Labor. Labor won Reid at the 2010 election with just a two percent margin after suffering an eight percent swing. The seat was won for the first time by the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2013 election.[2]

Prominent members representing the division include Jack Lang, a former Premier of New South Wales; Tom Uren, a deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party and Laurie Ferguson, the son of Jack Ferguson who was a Deputy Premier of New South Wales, and the brother of Martin Ferguson, a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments.[1]


  Percy Coleman Labor 1922–1931
  Joe Gander Labor (NSW) 1931–1936
  Labor 1936–1940
  Labor (Non-Communist) 1940–1940
  Charles Morgan Labor 1940–1946
  Jack Lang Lang Labor 1946–1949
  Charles Morgan Labor 1949–1958
  Independent 1958–1958
  Tom Uren Labor 1958–1990
  Laurie Ferguson Labor 1990–2010
  John Murphy Labor 2010–2013
  Craig Laundy Liberal 2013–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Reid[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Craig Laundy 44,212 48.80 −0.62
Labor Angelo Tsirekas 32,918 36.33 −1.31
Greens Alice Mantel 7,673 8.47 +0.75
Christian Democrats Ju Kang 3,713 4.10 +2.49
Family First Marylou Carter 2,081 2.30 +2.30
Total formal votes 90,597 95.02 +3.67
Informal votes 4,748 4.98 −3.67
Turnout 95,345 90.38 −0.83
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Craig Laundy 49,543 54.69 +1.36
Labor Angelo Tsirekas 41,054 45.31 −1.36
Liberal hold Swing +1.36


  1. 1 2 Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Electorates: Reid". Australia votes 2013. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  2. Needham, Kirsty (8 September 2013). "Bloodbath in west just did not happen". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  3. Reid, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°51′11″S 151°05′02″E / 33.853°S 151.084°E / -33.853; 151.084

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