Sitting Member:
Hayes, C (ALP)
Size of electorate:
69 sq. Km

Redistribution details:

Fowler's boundaries changed during the 2006 redistribution, prompted because Fowler contained three central business districts: Fairfield, Cabramatta and Liverpool. The seat of Fowler now has Bossley Park, Prairiewood, Greenfield Park and Carramar. MP Chris Hayes said many areas of Liverpool excluded from the Fowler boundaries. New/proposed redistribution boundaries are expected to have an effect on the ALP. The electorate of McMahon is likely to become a marginal seat if Fairfield is included in Fowler's boundaries.

Sitting Member

Chris Hayes was previously elected as the Federal Member for Werriwa on 19 March, 2005. He was re-elected in a 2007 by-election to Werriwa in 2007 following Mark Latham's resignation and served until 21 August 2010. Mr Hayes was Government Whip from 2007 to 2011 and is now the Chief Opposition Whip. Julia Irwin, the previous member for Fowler, announced in 2009 that she would not contest the seat of Fowler in the 2010 elections. Hayes has been the Parliamentary Representative on the Council for the National Library of Australia since 2014. There has been no gap in Hayes’ service.

Key Comments

Fowler is a Labor safe seat; held by the ALP since Fowler’s creation in 1984 (during an expansion of the House of Representatives). Key issues are health, equity, crime, education, employment, infrastructure, drugs, immigration and multiculturalism. Fowler has the highest rate of unemployment in couple families with children (11.4%), and the highest proportion of residents born overseas (48.9% in 2010). As a result, many residents speak a language other than English at home. Fowler may be affected by the new airport being built at Badgerys Creek.

2013 Election Results

Candidate Party Votes % Swing(%)
ATTIA, Matt Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) 3559 4.53 +4.53
SILAPHET, Benjamin The Greens 2684 3.41 -3.28
McLEAN, Darren C Katter's Australian Party 848 1.08 +1.08
NGUYEN, Andrew Liberal 21043 26.76 -10.18
HAYES, ChrisElected Labor 47772 60.76 +7.90
PASTOORS, Bradley Charles Palmer United Party 2722 3.46 +3.46
...... Socialist Equality Party 0 0 -3.51
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