Division of Bennelong

in Eastwood, Australia



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15 Banksia St, Eastwood NSW 2122, Australia
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S33° 47' 34.8" E151° 5' 56.4"   (-33.793, 151.099)
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The Division of Bennelong is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Bennelong, an Aboriginal man befriended by the first Governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip.
Bennelong covers 60 km² on Sydney's lower north shore, including all of Ryde Council and parts of Hornsby Council and Parramatta Council. It includes the suburbs of Denistone, Denistone East, Denistone West, East Ryde, Eastwood, Epping, Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Meadowbank, Melrose Park, North Epping, North Ryde, Putney, Ryde, Tennyson Point and West Ryde; as well as parts of Beecroft, Carlingford, Chatswood West, Dundas, Ermington and Gladesville.
It was represented from 1974 until 2007 by John Howard, who served as the Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 until 2007. As well as his government then being defeated, Howard also became the second sitting Australian Prime Minister to lose his own seat. Though historically a fairly safe Liberal seat, modern-day electoral boundaries and demographic changes have seen Bennelong become an increasingly marginal seat. The 2007 outcome in Bennelong resulted in Labor candidate Maxine McKew winning the seat on a thin 1.4 percent margin after a close contest, making her the first Labor MP for Bennelong. After a single term, McKew was defeated by Liberal candidate John Alexander in 2010, who has retained it since.
The seat was vacant from 11 November 2017 when Alexander resigned amid the 2017 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis after confirming he was a dual citizen and therefore ineligible to sit in parliament. Despite a significant swing against him, Alexander was re-elected at the 2017 Bennelong by-election on 16 December.

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Division of Bennelong

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