Adam Carr's guide to
The 2007 Australian federal election

The House of Representatives

New South Wales
Port Adelaide                

Division of Prospect


Chris Bowen (ALP)

His ALP website
and his campaign website

Lily Arthur (Lib)

Her Liberal Party website

Lizza Gebilagin (Grn)

Her Greens website
Location: Sydney: Erskine Park, Fairfield, Greystanes, Smithfield
Division named for: The suburb of Prospect, named for Prospect Hill, from where in 1788 Governor Phillip first saw the Blue Mountains
Median weekly family income: $1,017 (46th highest)
Persons born in non English speaking countries: 34.1% (7th highest)
Persons in professional occupations: 16.8% (138th highest)
Persons aged 65 and over: 8.6% (127th highest)
Couple families with dependent children: 45.8% (16th highest)
Dwellings being purchased: 28.1% (57th highest)
Sitting member: Chris Bowen (Labor), elected 2004
Born: 17 January 1973, Sydney. Career: Research and media officer to Hon Janice Crosio MHR, industrial officer Finance Sector Union, senior adviser to Hon Carl Scully MLA 2000-01, Chief of Staff 2001-04. Councillor, Fairfield City Council 1995-2004, Mayor 1998-99, President, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils 1999-2001. Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry since 2006
Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue and Competition Policy from 10 December 2006
1996 two-party majority: Labor 13.9
1998 two-party majority: Labor 19.7
Effect of 2001 redistribution: 02.5 shift to Liberal
2001 two-party majority: Labor 12.9
2004 primary votes: Labor 50.1, Liberal 38.2, Green 5.3
2004 two-party majority: Labor 07.1
Effect of 2006 redistribution: 00.2 shift to Liberal
2007 notional two-party majority: Labor 06.9
2004 enrolment: 87,537
2007 enrolment: 90,624 (+03.5%) (new boundaries)
Prospect was created in 1969, occupying a block of what was then new working-class suburbia in Sydney's western suburbs. The seat has a fairly high level of median family income, but a very low proportion of people in professional occupations. It also a very high proportion of people born in non English speaking countries, including 9% born in South-East Asia, and high level of families with dependent children. It is thus a seat of well-paid skilled workers and middle-class families, many of them paying mortgages. In 2004 Labor polled over 65% of the two-party vote in all the Fairfield booths (71% in Fairfield East), and also in Prairievale and Wakeley, while the Liberals polled 60% in Horsely Park and Kemps Creek, and also carried Abbotsbury, Clairgate, Erskine Park, Greystanes and Holroyd. The 2006 redistribution has shifted the seat into slightly more middle-class territory and slightly weakened Labor's position. Chris Bowen won the seat for Labor in 2004. Bowen was promoted to the Opposition front bench in December 2006. He is now shadow assistant treasurer and shadow minister for revenue and competition policy.
Candidates in ballot-paper order
  • Carolyn Lever (Family First)
  • Lizza Gebilagin (Greens) is completing a Master of Arts degree at Macquarie University.
  • Lily Arthur (Liberal) is a volunteer welfare worker. She contested this seat for the Australian Democrats in 2004.
  • Jason Callander (Christian Democrat) works in employment services.
  • Chris Bowen (Labor) is the sitting member: see biography above.

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