Division of Fowler

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Fowler
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of FOWLER 2016.png
Division of Fowler in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1984
MPChris Hayes
PartyLabor
NamesakeLilian Fowler
Electors106,975 (2019)
Area69 km2 (26.6 sq mi)
DemographicOuter metropolitan

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

History[edit]

Lilian Fowler, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named after Lilian Fowler, the first female mayor in Australia.

The division includes the Sydney suburbs of Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Canley Heights, Chipping Norton, Edensor Park, Fairfield East, Greenfield Park, Liverpool, St Johns Park, Wakeley, and Warwick Farm; as well as parts of Abbotsbury, Bonnyrigg, Bossley Park, Canley Vale, Carramar, Fairfield, Fairfield West, Guildford, Moorebank, Mount Pritchard, Prairiewood, and Yennora.

The member for Fowler since the 2010 federal election has been Chris Hayes, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

According to research performed by the ABC, as of 2019, Fowler is the most economically disadvantaged electorate in Australia.[1]

Demographic (2016 Census)[edit]

Population[edit]

The 2016 population of the Division of Fowler was 165,164 people.

People

Persons count based on place of usual residence on Census night

Fowler %
Male 80,936 49.3
Female 83,295 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 1,333 0.8
Total 165,164 100

The Division of Fowler is one of Australia's most multicultural communities with a very high percentage of migrants and first generation Australians. As at the Australian 2016 Census the breakdown of country of birth was;

Country of birth Fowler %
Australia 65,666 40.0
Other top responses
Vietnam 24,999 15.2
Iraq 11,246 6.8
Cambodia 5,568 3.4
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 3,577 2.2
India 2,589 1.6

Highlighting Fowler's high multicultural population as compared the general Australia population. 76.1% of population of Fowler had both parents born overseas. While the general percentage of all Australians with both parents born overseas is 47%.

Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Fowler % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 124,918 76.1 2,764,170 37.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 5,448 3.3 458,394 6.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 3,991 2.4 325,182 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 18,096 11.0 3,399,725 45.4 11,070,538 47.3

Median Weekly Income[edit]

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Fowler (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) was $452.

Median weekly incomes

People aged 15 years and over

Fowler % New South Wales % Australia %
Personal 452 -- 664 -- 662 --
Family 1,275 -- 1,780 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,212 -- 1,486 -- 1,438 --

People Employment[edit]

There were 66,978 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Fowler (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions). Of these 56.7% were employed full time, 27.7% were employed part-time and 10.5% were unemployed. Unemployment is significantly higher that the NSW State figure of 6.3% and the National figure of 6.9%

Employment

People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over

Fowler % New South Wales % Australia %
Worked full-time 37,975 56.7 2,134,521 59.2 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 18,565 27.7 1,071,151 29.7 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 3,425 5.1 174,654 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 7,013 10.5 225,546 6.3 787,452 6.9

Members[edit]

Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image.svg Ted Grace
(1931–2020)
Labor 1 December 1984
31 August 1998
Retired
  Julia Irwin MP 2005.jpg Julia Irwin
(1951–)
Labor 3 October 1998
19 July 2010
Retired
  No image.svg Chris Hayes
(1955–)
Labor 21 August 2010
present
Previously held the Division of Werriwa. Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Gillard and Rudd. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Fowler[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Chris Hayes 45,627 54.54 −6.28
Liberal Wayne Blewitt 25,137 30.05 +4.32
Christian Democrats Francesca Mocanu 4,643 5.55 −0.10
Greens Seamus Lee 4,633 5.54 −0.67
United Australia Joshua Jabbour 3,624 4.33 +4.33
Total formal votes 83,664 86.89 −2.70
Informal votes 12,624 13.11 +2.70
Turnout 96,288 90.04 +0.31
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Chris Hayes 53,540 63.99 −3.50
Liberal Wayne Blewitt 30,124 36.01 +3.50
Labor hold Swing −3.50
Primary vote results in Fowler (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Labor
  Liberal
  Greens
  Christian Democrats
  Australian Democrats
  Unity
  One Nation
  Independent
Two-candidate-preferred results in Fowler

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barnaby Joyce says the Nationals represent Australia's poorest electorates. Is he correct?". 3 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  2. ^ Fowler, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°54′00″S 150°52′37″E / 33.900°S 150.877°E / -33.900; 150.877