But Labour’s traditional red lane on Sydney’s federal electoral map has also been breached. Fowler’s once secure Labor seat, which includes Liverpool and Cabramatta, was won by former Liberal-turned-independent state candidate Dai Le. Labor’s primary vote in Fowler fell 18% after the party shortlisted Kristian Keneally, a top outsider, as its candidate.
In the neighboring Werriwa electorate, which includes Glenfield, Green Valley and Bonnyrigg, an increase in support for candidates from minor parties also eroded Labor’s primary vote, although the ALP comfortably held the post-preference seat.
Local fluctuations varied elsewhere in Western Sydney.
Labor won Reid’s seat, which encompasses Burwood, Concord and Lidcombe in the inner western suburbs, to go along with its win in nearby Bennelong.
The ALP has also managed to bolster its bipartisan preferential margins in several western Sydney seats, which will make it harder for the Liberals to make inroads in the region in the upcoming federal election.
This was particularly evident in the fringe Labor seats of Greenway, centered in Blacktown, and Macquarie which spans the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury (the ALP won Macquarie by just 371 votes in 2019). Greenway and Macquarie went from marginal to safe for the ALP.
But things went the other way in neighboring Penrith-based Lindsay’s seat, which saw a slight swing towards the Coalition. Lindsay is the only Liberal stronghold in the city’s west end.
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