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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Macarthur (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Russell Matheson
Party Liberal
Namesake John Macarthur and Elizabeth Macarthur
Electors 97,962 (2013)
Area 798 km2 (308.1 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan
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The Division of Macarthur is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is named after John Macarthur and his wife Elizabeth, who were both pioneers of Australia's wool industry.

It covers the outer south-west of Sydney. It includes the suburbs of Airds, Ambarvale, Appin, Badgerys Creek, Bickley Vale, Bradbury, Camden, Camden South, Campbelltown, Cawdor, Cobbitty, Ellis Lane, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Grasmere, Greendale, Harrington Park, Kentlyn, Mount Annan, Narellan, Oran Park, Rosemeadow, Rossmore, St Helens Park, Wedderburn and Woodbine and parts of Bringelly, Catherine Field, Douglas Park, Leumeah, Razorback and Rossmore.

Over the years the size of the electorate has become much smaller. This is because of the increasing number of people living in the Campbelltown region. The towns of Bowral and Moss Vale and a large part of the Southern Highlands were removed from the division before the 2001 election.


Member Party Term
  Jeff Bate Liberal 1949–1972
  Independent 1972–1972
  John Kerin Labor 1972–1975
  Michael Baume Liberal 1975–1983
  Colin Hollis Labor 1983–1984
  Stephen Martin Labor 1984–1993
  Chris Haviland Labor 1993–1996
  John Fahey Liberal 1996–2001
  Pat Farmer Liberal 2001–2010
  Russell Matheson Liberal 2010–present

Election results

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