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Electorate Profile: Bradfield

26 August 2009

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On 25th August 2009 the former Leader of the Opposition and current Federal Member for Bradfield, Dr Brendan Nelson MP announced his intention to resign from  Parliament at the end of September.  This will prompt a by-election for the seat of Bradfield. 

The date for the by-election is determined by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and would not formally be set until Dr Nelson submits his resignation.  Assuming Dr Nelson resigns as indicated at the end of September, it is most likely that the by-election will occur on a Saturday from the middle of November to early December.

It should be noted that the Parliament will be sitting in the weeks commencing 19 and 26 October and 16 and 23 November 2009.  The Government’s CPRS Legislation is due before Parliament in the November sittings.  

The Prime Minister has indicated that the ALP will not run a candidate in the by-election.  This is not be unusual as Governments tend not to run candidates in seats that are safely held by the other side of politics such as in Bradfield.

Mr Turnbull has suggested that the principle issue on which he wishes to fight the by-election is the issue of debt.  In any event, by-elections are often largely fought on local issues.

The following, is a profile on the electorate of Bradfield in NSW.

Area and Location Description

Bradfield covers an area in the North Shore of Sydney of approximately 93 sq km (see map below).  

Suburbs include Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Pymble, St. Ives, Turramurra, Warrawee, West Pymble and parts of Asquith, Chatswood, Chatswood West, Hornsby, Middle Cove, Roseville and Wahroonga.

Map of Division:

Map of Bradfield division

Products/Industries of the Area: Light manufacturing, service industries, Chatswood CBD and shopping centre, commercial businesses and government offices.

2007 Federal Election Results for Bradfield

First Preferences
Enrolment: 93,405   Turnout: 94.03%

Candidate

Party

Votes

%

Swing (%)

BROOKMAN, Victoria

Labor

22,509

26.69

+5.11

NELSON, BrendanElected

Liberal

49,817

59.07

-3.41

GEMMELL, Susie

The Greens

9,495

11.26

+0.01

TURNBULL, James

Family First

759

0.90

-0.88

WISZNIEWSKI, Witold

Christian Democratic Party
(Fred Nile Group)

1,466

1.74

+1.45

BUTLER, Robert H

Citizens Electoral Council

285

0.34

+0.34

......

Australian Democrats

0

0.00

-2.40

......

Other

0

0.00

-0.23

FORMAL

 

84,331

96.01

+0.53

INFORMAL

 

3,501

3.99

-0.53

TOTAL

 

87,832

94.03

+0.49


Two Candidate Preferred

Candidate

Party

Votes

This Election (%)

Last Election (%)

Swing (%)

BROOKMAN, Victoria

Labor

30,819

36.55

32.45

+4.10

NELSON, BrendanElected

Liberal

53,512

63.45

67.55

-4.10

Bradfield First Preference Vote by Party (1949-2007) (Source ABC)

For further analysis of the electorate see:

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