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SYDNEY

Held by: Tanya Plibersek

Party: Australian Labor Party

Since: 1998

Margin: ALP 15.3

Redistribution details: In 2016, the redistribution Sydney lost Balmain, Rozelle and Birchgrove to Grayndler  but gained Darlinghurst, Potts Point and Woolloomooloo. The electorate also includes Lord Howe Island and Goat Island.

Key Comments:  Sydney is a safe Labor seat held by Labor since its creation in 1968/69. Its population is young, diverse, educated  and progressive concerned with women’s issues, climate change and gender and human rights. Only Pyrmont, Millers Point and St Vincent’s Hospital polling stations voted for the Liberal candidate in 2016. The Greens are a potential threat but the seat is unlikely to vote out its high profile Labor deputy Leader. First elected in 1998, Tanya Plibersek has won the past 5 elections by an average margin of 33.18 two party preferred.

Labor’s progressive left lives in Sydney

University of Sydney, Tim Piccione

The electorate of Sydney is young and socially progressive

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Tanya Plibersek: Portrait of a social justice champion

University of Sydney, Jen Grinham

The popular incumbent Member for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek, has been re-elected seven times and looks set to easily notch up another win. The bigger question, however, is how she will add to the groundswell that the polls are predicting will see her party win the election on May 18. Social justice policies remain her priority and the ordinary people who benefit from them will be some of her most avid...

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Duelling candidates spar at Glebe forum

University of Sydney, Gabrielle Platt

Climate change, Adani and renewables dominated debate at Saturday’s candidate forum at Glebe Town Hall, hosted by the Glebe Society. At several points the debate saw duelling candidates perform for the enthusiastic audience. In attendance were Labor MP Tanya Plibersek, Science Party candidate Aaron Hammond, Greens candidate Matthew Thompson and Liberal candidate Jacqui Munro. Missing were United...

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Munro goes full speed in her run for Sydney

University of Sydney, Mareike Bire

Liberal candidate Jacqui Munro’s face lights up when she speaks about Sydney: “There is no place else I would rather represent.” She calls it her home, sees herself as a product of this city, and running here is a privilege.

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Young, unconventional and keen to serve

University of Sydney, Maria Gil

As a member of the Greens, Thompson is a strong supporter of action on climate change but what matters to him most is helping the community survive on a daily basis.

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Tanya Plibersek increases her popularity despite Labor’s devastating defeat

University of Sydney, Jen Grinham

Sydney’s overwhelming vote of confidence in Tanya Plibersek and Labor contrasts sharply with how the majority of Australia voted yesterday. While Labor was losing the ‘unlosable' election, with their predicted romp into power based on pre-election polls using phone techniques that are now being questioned as outdated, Ms Plibersek was caught in the bittersweet position of having increased her personal...

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Matthew votes with mum by his side

University of Sydney, Maria Gil

Wearing red ‘Stop Adani’ earrings and his signature multicolour and patterned dress shirt, the Greens’ Sydney candidate Matthew Thompson appeared at the Darlington Public School polling booth with a smile and a bounce in his step.  “This has been my first election. The response has been really positive, and  the people are beautiful and wonderful,” he said. “People want real action on...

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Easy Rider: Jacqui bikes around Sydney’s polling booths

University of Sydney, Cindy Cameronne

It’s a bright Saturday morning and Jacqui Munro, Liberal candidate for Sydney, has just arrived at the Sydney Town Hall polling booth to cast her vote. The sausage sizzle is already in full swing. A man in an Akubra belts out “Waltzing Matilda” as he serves sausage sandwiches to voters. Jacqui arrives clad in a black motorcycle jacket, black jeans and sneakers, her hair scraped into a high...

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Fake news war on WeChat

University of Sydney, Wuruo Xu

Bill Shorten updates his WeChat account in Mandarin every day and has live-streamed question and answer sessions with Chinese-Australians while Scott Morrison has posted 22 ‘articles’ since signing up three months ago. The Labor opposition leader and Liberal Prime Minister are battling it out on the popular social media platform hoping to win over Chinese voters in tomorrow’s election. On...

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Australia can be an environmental superpower says Science Party

University of Sydney, Wuruo Xu

Candidate for Sydney Aaron Hammond says Australia has the potential to become an environmental superpower. Wuruo Xu is a Chinese Media Practice postgraduate student at the University of Sydney. She has a passion for international journalism and cross-cultural communication.  

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Sydneysiders protest offshore detention

University of Sydney, Keeli Royle and Brittany Frappell

  In the lead to the federal election the people of Sydney came out on the streets advocating for refugees faced with offshore detention centres and Australian border control. Keeli Royle reports. Keeli Royle is a 24-year-old Master of Media Practice student at the University of Sydney. She is aspiring to work in broadcast news media after completing her degree in June.  

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