Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||68 km2 (26.3 sq mi)|
The division is named after the Warringah area of Sydney, which itself is named by an Aboriginal Australian word which translates into English as "rain", "waves" or "sea". The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election. The word "Warrin ga" was recorded as the local name for Middle Harbour in 1832.
Centred on Mosman and the Northern Beaches region of Sydney, it covers most of the land between Middle Harbour and the Tasman Sea. It extends from Port Jackson in the south to the suburb of Dee Why in the north. It includes the suburbs of Allambie, Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Balmoral, Beauty Point, Brookvale, Clifton Gardens, Clontarf, Cremorne Point, Curl Curl, Fairlight, Freshwater, Killarney Heights, Kurraba Point, Manly, Manly Vale, Mosman, North Balgowlah, North Curl Curl, North Head, North Manly, Queenscliff, Seaforth, and Wingala; as well as parts of Beacon Hill, Cremorne, Dee Why, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Narraweena, and Neutral Bay.
The Northern Beaches have long been a stronghold for the Liberal Party of Australia. The Liberals and their predecessors held the seat without interruption from its creation in 1922 until the 2019 federal election when Zali Steggall won the seat as an independent. Even by northern Sydney standards, Warringah has been especially unfriendly territory for Labor. For example, even in its 1943 landslide, Labor was only able to garner 39 percent of the two-party vote in Warringah; Labor has never won more than 40.5 percent of the two-party vote in any election for this seat.
Before 2019, the area covered by Warringah had been held by a conservative party without interruption since Federation; most of its territory had been part of North Sydney from 1901 to 1922.
The seat's most notable member was Tony Abbott, who won the seat at a 1994 by-election and served as Prime Minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015. He retained Warringah until being defeated by Steggall in 2019. That election also saw Warringah become a notional marginal seat in a "traditional" two-party contest against Labor for the first time; Abbott would have held the seat on 52.1 percent against Labor, down from 61 percent in 2016.
|Sir Granville Ryrie
|Nationalist||16 December 1922 –
13 April 1927
|Previously held the Division of North Sydney. Resigned in order to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom|
|(Sir) Archdale Parkhill
|Nationalist||21 May 1927 –
7 May 1931
|Served as minister under Lyons. Lost seat|
|United Australia||7 May 1931 –|
23 October 1937
|Independent United Australia||23 October 1937 –
20 October 1938
|Served as minister under Menzies and Fadden. Retired|
|United Australia||20 October 1938 –|
23 February 1944
|Independent||23 February 1944 –|
13 September 1945
|Liberal||13 September 1945 –|
28 April 1951
|Liberal||28 April 1951 –
2 November 1961
|Liberal||9 December 1961 –
3 August 1966
|Died in office|
|Edward St John
|Liberal||26 November 1966 –
28 March 1969
|Independent||28 March 1969 –|
25 October 1969
|Liberal||25 October 1969 –
18 February 1994
|Served as minister under Fraser. Resigned in order to retire from politics|
|Liberal||26 March 1994 –
18 May 2019
|Served as minister under Howard. Served as Opposition Leader from 2009 to 2013. Served as Prime Minister from 2013 to 2015. Lost seat|
|Independent||18 May 2019 –
|Animal Justice||Heather Barnes||1,291||1.40||+1.40|
|Sustainable Australia||Emanuele Paletto||678||0.74||+0.74|
|United Australia||Suellen Wrightson||625||0.68||+0.68|
|Christian Democrats||Jason Blaiklock||461||0.50||−0.70|
|Conservative National||Brian Clare||250||0.27||+0.27|
|Total formal votes||92,123||94.95||+1.03|
|Independent gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
- "Profile of the electoral division of Warringah (NSW)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
- Larmer, James. "'Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853' by James Larmer, 1832-1853 | Indigenous Languages". indigenous.sl.nsw.gov.au. p. 31. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
- Green, Antony. "Warringah (Key Seat)". Australia votes. ABC News. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
- Warringah, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.