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Division of Cunningham

This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the former Queensland state electorate, see Electoral district of Cunningham.
</tr></tr></tr></tr></tr></tr></tr></tr></table> The Division of Cunningham is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Allan Cunningham, a 19th-century explorer of New South Wales and Queensland. The division is located on the coast of New South Wales between southern Sydney and Wollongong, and takes in parts of the city of Wollongong, including Corrimal, Figtree and Unanderra. It also includes several suburbs on the southern outskirts of Sydney, such as Heathcote and Bundeena. The division covers areas east of the Illawarra escarpment and is bounded by the Tasman Sea to the east. It is bounded to the north by the Royal National Park and to the south by the Wollongong suburbs of Figtree, Cordeaux Heights and Coniston. Although the region is primarily rural, the vast majority of the population is located in the northern outskirts of Wollongong and along the eastern seaboard. The main products and means of livelihood in the area are tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing, textiles and dairy farming. The sitting member, since the 2004 federal election, is Sharon Bird, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


The division has always been represented by the Australian Labor Party, except following the 2002 by-election when the Greens won the seat; being the first time that the Greens held a seat in the House of Representatives. Labor recovered the seat at the 2004 federal election. The Illawarra is one of the few non-metropolitan regions where Labor has consistently done well.

Its most prominent members have been Rex Connor, a senior minister in the Whitlam government, and Stephen Martin, who was Speaker 1993–1996.

Cunningham is presently Labor's safest non-metropolitan seat, with a nine percent swing needed for the Liberals to win it.


Australian House of Representatives Division</th></tr>
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Division of Cunningham (green) in New South Wales
Created</th> 1949
MP</th> Sharon Bird
Party</th> Labor
Namesake</th> Allan Cunningham
Electors</th> 104,084 (2013)[1]
Area</th> 721 km2 (Lua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). sq mi)
Demographic</th> Provincial
Member Party Years
  Billy Davies Labor 1949–1956
  Victor Kearney Labor 1956–1963
  Rex Connor Labor 1963–1977
  Stewart West Labor 1977–1993
  Stephen Martin Labor 1993–2002
  Michael Organ Greens 2002–2004
  Sharon Bird Labor 2004–present

Election results

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Australian federal election, 2013: Cunningham[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Total formal votes 91,177 93.63 −0.69
Informal votes 6,208 6.37 +0.69
Turnout 97,385 93.56 −0.21
Two-party-preferred result

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Template:Australian politics/name/Labor hold Swing −3.29


  1. ^ a b "Cunningham, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 

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