Adam Carr's guide to
The 2007 Australian federal election

The House of Representatives

New South Wales

Division of Mackellar


Bronwyn Bishop (Lib)

Her Liberal Party website

Chris Sharpe (ALP)

His ALP website

John Adams (CCC)

His Climate Change Coalition website

Clinton Barnes (Dem)

His Democrats website

Craige McWhirter (Grn)

His Greens website
Location: Sydney: Collaroy, Narrabeen, Newport, Terrey Hills
Division named for: Dorothea Mackellar, poet
Median weekly family income: $1,405 (11th highest)
Persons born in non English speaking countries: 11.1% (68th highest)
Persons in professional occupations: 32.6% (29th highest)
Persons aged 65 and over: 14.3% (48th highest)
Couple families with dependent children: 39.3% (58th highest)
Dwellings being purchased: 24.4% (85th highest)
Sitting member: Hon Bronwyn Bishop (Liberal), elected 1994by, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004
Born: 19 October 1942, Sydney. Career: Solicitor and company director. President NSW Liberal Party 1985-87. Senator for NSW 1987-94. Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry 1989-90 and 1994-96. Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Federal Affairs and Local Government 1989-90, Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Strategy 1994, Shadow Minister for Health 1994-95, Shadow Minister for Privatisation and Commonwealth/State Relations 1995-96. Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 1996-98, Minister for Aged Care 1998-2001
1996 two-party majority: Liberal 16.5
1998 two-party majority: Liberal 15.6
Effect of 2001 redistribution: 01.5 shift to Liberal
2001 two-party majority: Liberal 16.9
2004 primary votes: Labor 19.8, Liberal 57.3, Green 10.5
2004 two-party majority: Liberal 15.8
Effect of 2006 redistribution: 00.3 shift to Labor
2007 notional two-party majority: Liberal 15.5
2004 enrolment: 87,191
2007 enrolment: 92,411 (+06.0%) (new boundaries)
Mackellar was created in 1949, based on the northern beaches suburbs of Sydney, and its boundaries have not changed much since. This is an affluent area and the seat has always been safe for the Liberal Party. It is among the top 10% of electorates in terms of median family incomes, although its proportion of people in professional occupations is not as high as those in seats closer to the city centre. In 2004 the Liberals carried every booth except Scotland Island (a very small one), and polled more than 70% of the two-party vote at Bayview, Belrose North, Mimosa, Mona Vale North and Terrey Hills, while Labor polled best at Avalon, Barrenjoey and Dee Why. Although the seat is safely Liberal, it is seeing the same slow drift to Labor as other upper-income urban seats, as affluent voters become more concerned about social issues. Bronwyn Bishop won the seat for the Liberals at a 1994 by-election. Bishop was a Senator 1987-94, and for a time was regarded as a possible Liberal leadership contender. She was a minister in the Howard government but was dropped after the 2001 election. She will be 65 at this year's election and this will probably be her last.
Candidates in ballot-paper order
  • Bronwyn Bishop (Liberal) is the sitting member: see biography above.
  • Matt McLellan (Independent) is a manager.
  • Chris Sharpe (Labor) is a senior account manager at Telstra Corporate and Government.
  • Mike Hubbard (Christian Democrat) is an osteopath.
  • John Adams (Climate Change Coalition) is a retired hairdresser.
  • Craige McWhirter (Greens) is an IT professional.
  • Clinton Barnes (Democrats) is a writer and recent graduate of Macquarie University.


    Members for Mackellar

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