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Cunningham
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Cunningham (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Sharon Bird
Party Labor
Namesake Allan Cunningham
Electors 100,643 (2010)
Area 721 km2 (278.4 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial
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Allan Cunningham

The Division of Cunningham is an Australian electoral division in New South Wales. It was set up in 1949 and is named for Allan Cunningham, a 19th century explorer of New South Wales and Queensland.

It is on the coast of New South Wales and includes parts of the city of Wollongong, Corrimal, Figtree and Unanderra. It also includes several suburbs of Sydney, including Heathcote and Bundeena.

Members

Member Party Years
  Billy Davies Labor 1949–1956
  Victor Kearney Labor 1956–1963
  Rex Connor Labor 1963–1977
  Stewart West Labor 1977–1993
  Stephen Martin Labor 1993–2002
  Michael Organ Greens 2002–2004
  Sharon Bird Labor 2004–present

Rex Connor was the Minister for Minerals and Energy in the Whitlam government. Stephen Martin was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1993-1996. Sharon Bird held several ministerial positions in the Gillard and Rudd governments.

Election results

There have been two by-elections in Cunningham. The first was in 1956 when the member, Billy Davis, died. There was only one nomination, Victor Kearney, who was elected unopposed. The second was in 2002 when Stephen Martin resigned. Michael Organ for the Greens was elected, the first time the Greens had won a seat in the House of Representatives.


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