Division of Reid

The Division of Reid is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Reid in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPFiona Martin
NamesakeSir George Reid
Electors108,964 (2019)
Area55 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


Sir George Reid, the division's namesake

The division is named after Sir George Reid, a former Premier of New South Wales and the fourth Prime Minister of Australia. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election.[1]

Under initial proposals for the 2009 redistribution, the Australian Electoral Commission proposed that the division be abolished. However, in the final proposal, the name "Reid" was retained for a division combining much of the now-abolished Division of Lowe with part of the old Division of Reid.[2] Incidentally, the redistribution brought George Reid's old home, at Mount Royal, Strathfield, within the boundaries of the electorate that bears his name.[3][4]

While the old Reid was historically a safe Labor seat, the 2009 redistribution made Reid far less safe for Labor, with its majority being slashed by six percent. That was partly because of the addition of territory from Lowe, which had been a marginal Labor seat for most of the time since the 1980s. John Murphy, the last member for Lowe, retained Reid for Labor at the 2010 election with just a two percent margin, after suffering an eight percent swing. At the 2013 election, the seat was won for the first time by the Liberal Party of Australia.[5]

Its most prominent member was Jack Lang, who served as Premier of New South Wales on two non-consecutive occasions - from 1925 to 1927, and then again from 1930 to 1932. Lang's second tenure as Premier ended in a constitutional crisis which resulted in Lang becoming the first head of government in Australia to be dismissed from office by a vice-regal representative - a case that has only happened once since, to the federal Whitlam Government in 1975. Lang carried on as New South Wales Opposition Leader until 1939, and remained in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly before transferring to federal politics in 1946. Lang's sole term as member for Reid was noted for his strong opposition towards the incumbent Chifley Government, though he did support efforts by the Government to nationalise private banks.

Other prominent members have included Tom Uren, who was a prominent Labor figure and minister who also served as Gough Whitlam's deputy from 1975 to 1977. Uren was succeeded upon retirement by Laurie Ferguson, the son of Jack Ferguson, who was a Deputy Premier of New South Wales, and the brother of Martin Ferguson, a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and a minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments.[2] The current Member for Reid, since the 2019 federal election, is Fiona Martin, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


The division is located in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Concord West, Five Dock, Flemington, Homebush, Homebush West, Liberty Grove, Mortlake, Newington, North Strathfield, Rhodes, Rodd Point, Russell Lea, Strathfield, Sydney Olympic Park, Wareemba, and Wentworth Point; and includes parts of Ashfield, Auburn, Burwood, Croydon, Drummoyne, Homebush Bay, Lidcombe, Silverwater, and Spectacle Island.[1]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Percy Coleman
Labor 16 December 1922
19 December 1931
Lost seat
  Joe Gander
Labor (NSW) 19 December 1931
February 1936
Lost seat
  Labor February 1936 –
2 May 1940
  Labor (Non-Communist) 2 May 1940 –
21 September 1940
  Charles Morgan
Labor 21 September 1940
28 September 1946
Lost seat
  Jack Lang
Lang Labor 28 September 1946
10 December 1949
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Auburn. Did not contest in 1949. Failed to win the Division of Blaxland
  Charles Morgan
Labor 10 December 1949
Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Independent 1958 –
22 November 1958
  Tom Uren
Labor 22 November 1958
19 February 1990
Served as minister under Whitlam and Hawke. Retired
  Laurie Ferguson
Labor 24 March 1990
21 August 2010
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Granville. Transferred to the Division of Werriwa
  John Murphy
Labor 21 August 2010
7 September 2013
Previously held the Division of Lowe. Lost seat
  Craig Laundy
Liberal 7 September 2013
11 April 2019
Served as minister under Turnbull and Morrison. Retired
  Fiona Martin
Liberal 18 May 2019

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Reid[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Fiona Martin 45,288 48.32 −0.48
Labor Sam Crosby 34,872 37.21 +0.88
Greens Charles Jago 7,575 8.08 −0.39
Christian Democrats Keith Piper 2,335 2.49 −1.61
Animal Justice Rohan Laxmanalal 1,861 1.99 +1.99
United Australia Young Lee 1,797 1.92 +1.92
Total formal votes 93,728 93.87 −1.15
Informal votes 6,119 6.13 +1.15
Turnout 99,847 91.71 +1.30
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Fiona Martin 49,844 53.18 −1.51
Labor Sam Crosby 43,884 46.82 +1.51
Liberal hold Swing−1.51


  1. "Division of Reid". Australian Electoral Commission.
  2. Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Electorates: Reid". Australia votes 2013. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  3. "Reid Sells His Pup and Party", 4 Sep 1904
  4. Strathfield Heritage - Mount Royal
  5. Needham, Kirsty (8 September 2013). "Bloodbath in west just did not happen". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  6. Reid, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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