2001 Profile for the division of Sydney

Updated: 9 February 2011


New South Wales

Name Derivation:

Named after the city of Sydney which was named in 1788 by Captain Arthur Phillip after Viscount Sydney, then British Home Secretary.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 50 sq km from Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) in the north to Rosebery in the south to Iron Cove in the west. Lord Howe Island is also part of the electorate.

The main suburbs include Alexandria, Balmain, Birchgrove, Broadway, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Darlington, Erskineville, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Kings Cross, Newtown (part), Paddington (part), Potts Point, Rozelle (part), Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery, Rushcutters Bay, Surry Hills, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Woolloomooloo and Zetland. The harbour islands from Spectacle Island to the Heads are also included in this division.

Products/Industries of the area:

Commercial, financial, retail, merchandising, service, transport, entertainment and shipping industries.

First Proclaimed



  • Tanya Plibersek (ALP) 1998–
  • P Baldwin (ALP) 1983–98
  • J L McMahon (ALP) 1975–83
  • J F Cope (ALP) 1969–75

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses.

Demographic Rating

Inner Metropolitan

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 87 278

Informal Vote: 4.23%

Turnout: 90.25%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 66.89%
  • LP: 33.11%

Enrolment: 91 774

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.89%
  • Preamble Question 0.89%


  • Republic Question 92.23%
  • Preamble Question 92.23%

Enrolment: 86 143

Informal Vote: 4.24%

Turnout: 90.14%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 65.04%
  • LP: 34.96%