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Division of McMahon

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of McMahon in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election
MPChris Bowen
NamesakeSir William McMahon
Electors107,392 (2022)
Area168 km2 (64.9 sq mi)
DemographicOuter metropolitan

The Division of McMahon (/məkˈmɑːn/ mək-MAHN) is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

McMahon is located in Sydney's Outer Western Suburbs.[1] McMahon lies south of the Great Western Highway, roughly between Woodville Road and South Creek.[1]

The current MP is Chris Bowen, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Sir William McMahon, the division's namesake

The division was established in 2010 and is named in honour of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon. It replaced the abolished division of Prospect.

The current Member for McMahon, since the 2010 federal election, is the former member for Prospect, Chris Bowen, former interim leader of the Australian Labor Party.

In 2017, the division had the third-highest percentage of "No" responses in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, with 64.9% of the electorate's respondents to the survey responding "No".[2]


Federal electoral division boundaries in Australia are determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[3]

The division is located in the western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Erskine Park, Fairfield Heights, Greystanes, Guildford West, Horsley Park, Merrylands West, Minchinbury, Mount Vernon, Old Guildford, Pemulwuy, Smithfield, St Clair, Wetherill Park, and Woodpark; as well as parts of Abbotsbury, Arndell Park, Blacktown, Bossley Park, Canley Vale, Cecil Park, Eastern Creek, Fairfield, Fairfield West, Guildford, Huntingwood, Kemps Creek, Merrylands, Orchard Hills, Prairiewood, Prospect, South Wentworthville, and Yennora.


McMahon is a diverse electorate, with slightly fewer electors of immigrant background than nearby Blaxland, Watson, and Fowler. Common ancestries in McMahon include Assyrian, Iraqi, Chinese, and Italian Australians.[4] It has a mix of adherents to Catholicism at 36.1%, Islam at 11.5%, and other religions.[4]

In the most recent election, Labor performed best in Fairfield, an ethnic enclave of Assyrians, while the Liberal Party did best in the rural precincts of Kemps Creek and Horsley Park in the west.[1]

According to the 2016 census, 42.3% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home include Arabic 12.8%, Vietnamese 4.8%, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic 4.1%, Spanish 2.1% and Mandarin 2.1%.[4]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Chris Bowen
Labor 21 August 2010
Previously held the Division of Prospect. Served as minister under Gillard and Rudd. Served as Opposition Leader in 2013. Incumbent. Currently a minister under Albanese

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: McMahon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Chris Bowen 40,657 47.98 +1.90
Liberal Vivek Singha 24,006 28.33 −4.98
United Australia Marie Saliba 7,723 9.11 +5.21
Greens Astrid O'Neill 4,922 5.81 +0.87
One Nation Scott Ford 4,612 5.44 −2.81
Liberal Democrats Cameron Shamsabad 2,822 3.33 +3.33
Total formal votes 84,742 89.39 +1.47
Informal votes 10,057 10.61 −1.47
Turnout 94,799 88.42 −2.56
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Chris Bowen 50,413 59.49 +2.85
Liberal Vivek Singha 34,329 40.51 −2.85
Labor hold Swing +2.85
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Primary vote results in McMahon (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Christian Democrats
  One Nation
  Palmer United/United Australia Party
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Two-candidate-preferred results in McMahon


  1. ^ a b c "McMahon - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 Response Final". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 15 November 2017. Archived from the original on 21 December 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "2016 McMahon, Census All persons QuickStats | Australian Bureau of Statistics". Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  5. ^ McMahon, NSW, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

33°50′13″S 150°51′32″E / 33.837°S 150.859°E / -33.837; 150.859

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