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BANKS

Held by: David Coleman

Party: Australian Labor Party

Since: 2013

Margin: LIB 1.4

Redistribution details: NA

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Marginal multi-ethnic hub crucial for Coalition

UNSW, By Freya Cormack and Amy Focic

The Federal electorate of Banks lies in the suburbs of south-west Sydney. The Liberal-held seat is a hub of commercial and service industries and home to bustling multi-ethnic suburbs such as Hurstville and Revesby. Though sometimes overlooked in favour of high profile marginal Liberal seats such as Queensland’s Dickson or Victoria’s La Trobe, Banks is the most marginally-held Liberal electorate...

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UNSW, Christina Ramsay

In the upcoming election, Liberal MP David Coleman will be defending his position as the first non-Labor member for Banks since the electorate was established in 1949. It won’t be a walk in the park as his electorate is the most marginal seat in greater Sydney held by the Liberal party. In 2013, Coleman brought an end to Labor member Daryl Melham’s two-decade-long tenure and kicked off a new Liberal era for Banks. He secured re-election in 2016 with a reduced margin of 1.4 per cent and he...

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The moment Gambian realised he had to run

UNSW, Nadia Hirst

Chris Gambian never thought he would run for Parliament as a candidate, until his daughter was born and he felt a responsibility to make a difference.

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