The electoral district of Granville is a located in Western Sydney. Granville covers parts of the City of Parramatta and the City of Holroyd. Suburbs include Guildford, Granville, Greystanes, Merrylands and South Wentworthville.
According to 2016 Census data, Granville has:
A population of 91,053 (45,226 voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,212 enrolled);
A lower than average median age at 32;
A lower than average level of highest educational attainment with 23.1% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and
A lower than average median weekly household income of $1,356 (vs. $1,486 for NSW).
Granville as an electoral district existed continuously from 1984 until 1920 and was restored in 1927. The ALP has held Granville continuously since 1938, apart from Liberal Tony Issa winning the seat in 2011. In the 2015 election Granville was returned to the ALP and Julia Finn.
Recently, Granville was won in 2007 by Parramatta mayor David Borger. In 2011, Borger was defeated by Liberal candidate Tony Issa. Issa himself was defeated in 2015 by Labor candidate Julia Finn.
The Liberal Party considers Granville a seat that it can win back in the 2019 election.
The current member, Julia Finn, holds the seat for the Labor Party.
Julia Finn (ALP)
Finn is the Labor Party candidate for Granville in the 2019 election, and the current member. Finn won the 2015 election against sitting Liberal Member Tony Issa receiving 52.1% of two-party-preferred vote.
Before entering Parliament, Finn had served on Parramatta City Council since 1999. Finn was Lord Mayor in 2004. While on council Finn fought to retain local services such as Council run childcare centres.
Finn is not a Shadow Minister.
Tony Issa (LIB)
Issa is the Liberal Party candidate for Granville in the 2019 election. Issa was elected as member for Granville in 2011, a normally safe Labor seat. Issa beat incumbent and high-profile sitting member and Minister, David Borger. Issa was elected with a swing of 13.1 points and won the seat with 52.7 per cent of the two-party vote. Issa was lost the seat in 2015 to Labor’s Julia Finn.
Issa is of Lebanese Maronite Catholic background. Issa has extensive community involvement and was elected to Parramatta City Council in 1988 as an independent councillor then serving as a Liberal Party Councillor from 1998. Issa was elected as deputy mayor from 2000 to 2001 and became the first Liberal Party lord mayor in New South Wales, serving between 2008 and 2009. Issa was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1995 for service to local government and to the Lebanese community and was awarded the Order of Local Government for 20+ years service as a Councillor on Parramatta City Council.