Federal Politics

Labor gain from Electoral Commission changes in NSW

Labor has gained three notional seats and lost one in NSW, as part of the Australian Electoral Commission's federal redistribution.

The commission announced its final decision on boundary changes to a number of federal electorates on Thursday, keeping most of the changes proposed by a committee including the Electoral Commissioner and the NSW Surveyor-General last year.

Anthony Albanese at the Henson Park Hotel in Marrickville.
Anthony Albanese at the Henson Park Hotel in Marrickville.  Photo: Nic Walker

ABC election expert Antony Green said that the changes meant Labor gained three notional seats in Barton, Dobell and Patterson.

Shadow minister for transport and infrastructure Anthony Albanese's seat of Grayndler will gain the Sydenham area, which was previously recommended to go to the seat of Barton.

Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon will need to find a new seat after the redistribution of NSW electorates.
Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon will need to find a new seat after the redistribution of NSW electorates. Photo: Damian White

Mr Green said that the final changes made Barton a less safe Labor seat than if the proposed change had been adopted, which had prompted pundits to speculate that Mr Albanese would change to Barton at the next election.

Under the new boundaries, Mr Albanese is understood to live in Barton, but have his electorate office in Grayndler.

A spokesman for Mr Albanese said he was on holiday in Italy and would review the boundary changes when he returned to Australia.

Shadow minister for rural affairs, Joel Fitzgibbon, will lose his seat of Hunter which is set to be abolished for the next election, as recommended by the Nationals and the Liberal Party. This leaves one less seat for NSW in the House of Representatives.

Mr Fitzgibbon was not available for comment.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen confirmed he would recontest his seat of McMahon at the next election following the changes, which retain some of Labor's safest suburbs.

"I am delighted that the Electoral Commission has accepted the ALP's submission that Fairfield and Smithfield should be retained in the seat of McMahon," he said.

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