Ed Husic unsuccessfully contested the federal seat of greenway in the 2004 Federal election. Roger Price decided to not run for re-election, Husic contested and won the Labor seat of Chifley. Ed Husic was Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd when he returned to Labor Leadership. Husic describes himself as a non-practising Muslim and is the first Muslim to be sworn into parliament.
Chifley has always been seen as a safe seat for Labor. The ALP has held Chifley since its creation in 1969. It has been represented by four members: Joe Armitage 1969-83, Russ Gorman 1983-83, Roger Price 1984-2010 and Ed Husic since 2010.
According to the 2011 Census, Chifley has an above average proportion of public housing. The electorate has the nation’s eighth highest proportion of children aged 0-4 (8.2%), and the third highest of children aged 5-14 (15.8%). Chifley has the nation’s highest proportion of single parent families (15.8%). Chifley focuses on the light manufacturing and servicing industries.
Student Contributors: Christopher Nunez, Dusica Serdar - Western Sydney University