Margin: Liberal 17.1%
Region: Inner Western Sydney
Candidates in ballot paper order
PAT DI COSMO
2011 BOOTH RESULTS MAP
Two-party preferred booth results from 2011 state election showing Liberal majority in blue and Labor in red. New boundaries in thicker blue lines, old ones in thinner red lines. Boundary data courtesy of Ben Raue of The Tally Room.
Drummoyne was among the swathe of seats lost to Labor at the 2011 election, when a 24.3% swing delivered it to the Liberals for the first time since 1953. The electorate covers the southern shore of Sydney Harbour to the west of the city, from Drummoyne itself through Canada Bay to Concord. Reflecting population growth near the city, the redistribution has detached around 6500 voters in Homebush and North Strathfield to Strathfield in the west, adding 0.4% to the Liberal margin.
The seat was vacated at the 2011 election by Angela D’Amore, a former Nurses Association official who originally secured preselection at the 2003 election through the controversial “N40” rule that allowed the Right-controlled administrative committee to determine half the vote. D’Amore evidently failed to win over local members after her election, as she again relied on central party intervention to secure her preselection in 2007, prompting three local branches to pass no-confidence motions against her. In December 2010 she was sacked as parliamentary secretary, after the Independent Commission Against Corruption found she had rorted the parliamentary relief payment system. It was already clear at that point that her preselection was under grave threat from Canada Bay mayor Angelo Tsirekas, her main rival in 2003 and 2007. The revoking of her party membership after the ICAC finding made Tsirekas’s preselection a formality, although it would prove to be a poisoned chalice at the election.
The seat has been held for the Liberals since 2011 by John Sidoti, formerly the mayor of Burwood. Labor’s new candidate is Jason Khoury, principal of a local mortgage broking firm.