Division of Kingsford Smith

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Kingsford Smith
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of KINGSFORD SMITH 2016.png
Division of Kingsford Smith in Sydney, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMatt Thistlethwaite
NamesakeSir Charles Kingsford Smith
Electors111,170 (2019)
Area91 km2 (35.1 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Kingsford Smith is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.


Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, the division's namesake

The division is named after Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, a pioneer aviator, and the first pilot to fly across the Pacific Ocean. The Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney International), and the suburb of Kingsford, both of which are located within the division, are also named after him. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election.

Kingsford Smith has been in Labor hands for its entire existence. A redistribution ahead of the 1969 election made it one of the safest Labor seats in both Sydney and the nation, and it remained a comfortably safe Labor seat for most of the next four decades. However, demographic changes since 2010 have made the seat much less secure for Labor. It has previously been held by Lionel Bowen, a minister in the Whitlam government, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1990 and Deputy Prime Minister for most of the Hawke government, and by Laurie Brereton, a minister in the Keating government. It was then held by Peter Garrett, a former lead singer of the Australian rock band Midnight Oil, former President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Garrett announced his retirement on 26 June 2013.[1]

The Division was originally known as the Division of Kingsford-Smith (with a hyphen), based upon a misspelling of Sir Charles's surname. However, this was corrected at the redistribution in 2001.[2]

The current Member for Kingsford Smith, since the 2013 federal election, is Matt Thistlethwaite, a member of the Australian Labor Party who resigned from the Senate prior to the election.[3]


The division is located in the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney, on the north shore of Botany Bay, and the coast of the Tasman Sea. The division includes the suburbs of Banksmeadow, Botany, Chifley, Coogee, Daceyville, East Botany, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Kensington, Kingsford, La Perouse, Little Bay, Malabar, Maroubra, Maroubra Junction, Mascot, Matraville, Pagewood, Phillip Bay, Port Botany, and South Coogee; as well as parts of Clovelly, Randwick, and Rosebery. Bare Island, Prince Henry Hospital, and the University of New South Wales are also located in the electorate.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Gordon Anderson.jpg Gordon Anderson
Labor 10 December 1949
4 November 1955
  Daniel Curtin.jpg Dan Curtin
Labor 10 December 1955
29 September 1969
Previously held the Division of Watson. Retired
  Lionel Bowen.jpg Lionel Bowen
Labor 25 October 1969
19 February 1990
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Randwick. Served as minister under Whitlam and Hawke. Served as Deputy Prime Minister under Hawke. Retired
  Laurie Brereton (cropped).jpg Laurie Brereton
Labor 24 March 1990
31 August 2004
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Heffron. Served as minister under Keating. Retired
  Peter Garrett 2017.jpg Peter Garrett
Labor 9 October 2004
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
  Matt Thistlethwaite.jpg Matt Thistlethwaite
Labor 7 September 2013
Previously a member of the Senate. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Kingsford Smith[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Matt Thistlethwaite 42,629 45.17 −2.20
Liberal Amanda Wilmot 34,380 36.43 −1.11
Greens James Cruz 11,418 12.10 +1.57
United Australia Adam Watson 1,649 1.75 +1.75
Science James Jansson 1,595 1.69 −0.54
Christian Democrats Adrian Manson 1,359 1.44 −0.89
Sustainable Australia Petra Campbell 1,346 1.43 +1.43
Total formal votes 94,376 94.21 −0.79
Informal votes 5,805 5.79 +0.79
Turnout 100,181 90.17 +0.93
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Matt Thistlethwaite 55,501 58.81 +0.24
Liberal Amanda Wilmot 38,875 41.19 −0.24
Labor hold Swing +0.24


  1. ^ "Garrett quits as Rudd returns". Nine News. Australian Associated Press. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 9 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Bashan, Yoni (20 July 2013). "NSW Labor senator Matt Thistlethwaite to replace Peter Garrett in NSW seat of Kingsford Smith". Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  4. ^ Kingsford Smith, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°56′56″S 151°13′52″E / 33.949°S 151.231°E / -33.949; 151.231