Strathfield

The electoral district of Strathfield is in the Inner West of Sydney. Strathfield covers parts of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury and Strathfield local government areas, specifically the suburbs of Croydon, Burwood, Enfield, Homebush and Strathfield.

 

According to 2016 Census data, Strathfield has:

  • A population of 93,962 (46,562 voters turned out in 2015 out of 53,028 enrolled);

  • A lower than average median age at 33;

  • A higher than average level of highest educational attainment with 36.8% of constituents achieving a Bachelor Degree level and above; and

  • A higher than average median weekly household income of $1,703 (vs. $1,486 for NSW). 

 

Strathfield has existed since 1988. The seat was held until 1999 by the Liberal Party, and by Labor from 1999 to 2011, when the Liberal Party won it back. The Labor Party won it back again in 2015.

In 2015 Labor candidate Jodi McKay won Strathfield from sitting Liberal Charles Casuscelli. Casuscelli was elected in 2011 and held Strathfield for one term. In the 2015 election Labor ended with 51.8% of the two-party-preferred result after a 8.2 point swing.

The Liberal Party has long purported that this is a seat they could potentially win back in the 2019 election, but there is still no Liberal candidate in the field. 

Jodi McKay (LAB)

McKay is the Labor candidate for Strathfield in the 2019 election, and the current member.

 

McKay is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, having represented Strathfield for the Labor Party since 2015.

 

She previously represented Newcastle from 2007 until her defeat at the 2011 election. Under the Rees and Keneally governments (2008-2011) McKay held several junior ministerial responsibilities, including serving as the Minister for the Hunter, Tourism, Small Business, Science and Medical Research, Commerce, and Women, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer).

In the 2011 election, McKay lost her seat of Newcastle. She returned to the Legislative Assembly in 2015 in the Sydney seat of Strathfield. 

 

McKay is currently Shadow Minister for Transport, and Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight.

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