Saturday is your last chance to vote. Votes need to be cast at a polling place within your division — either Mitchell or Greenway for the majority of residents. Usual locations are schools, church halls and public buildings, which will be open from 8am to 6pm on the day. For polling booths: aec.gov.au
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT VOTE?
Initially the Australian Electoral Commission will write to you requesting a reason for your failure to vote. Or for you to pay a $20 penalty.
If, within 21 days, you fail to reply, cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason, or decline to pay the penalty, then you may end up in court where you may be fined up to $170 plus court costs.
Greenway covers 84 square kilometres in the north-west of Sydney starting at the Great Western Highway between Blacktown and Pendle Hill, and running north between Old Windsor and Windsor Roads and the Richmond rail lines as far as Vineyard.
It includes the older suburbs of Girraween, Seven Hills, Lalor Park and parts of Blacktown, Toongabbie, Pendle Hill, newer housing estates around Quakers Hill, Parklea, Stanhope Gardens, Glenwood, and Kellyville Ridge.
Products/industries of the area:
Light and heavy engineering, smash repairs, electronics, food processing, warehousing and distribution, light industrial and comprehensive educational facilities.
Reflecting its mortgage belt electorate, Greenway has the nation’s fourth highest proportion of children aged 0 to 4 years at 8.6 per cent, the highest in NSW.
At 46.5 per cent the electorate also has the nation’s third-highest proportion of households defined as couples with dependent children.
Sitting Labor MP Michelle Rowland is running for a second term. She won the seat from top contender Liberals’ Jaymes Diaz with a 0.9 per cent margin in the 2010 federal elections.
After preferences, Ms Rowland got 40,355 votes to Mr Diaz’s 38,953 votes.
Chifely covers an area of approximately 135sqkm. Suburbs include: Arndell Park, Bidwill, Blackett, Colebee, Dean Park, Dharruk, Doonside, Emerton, Glendenning, Hassall Grove, Hebersham, Huntingwood, Lethbridge Park, Marayong, Minchinbury, Mount Druitt, Oakhurst, Plumpton, Rooty Hill, Ropes Crossing, Shalvey, Shanes Park, Tregear, Whalan, Willmot, Woodcroft and parts of Eastern Creek, Blacktown, Quakers Hill, Schofields and Riverstone.
The nine Greenway candidates according to the Australian Electoral Commission’s balloting are:
■ Jaymes Diaz, Liberal
■ Jamie Cavanaugh, Australian Voice Party
■ Jodie Wotton, Palmer United Party
■ Tom Lillycarp, Australian Sex Party
■ Michelle Rowland, Labor Party
■ Anthony Belcastro, Katter Australia Party
■ Allan Green, Christian Democratic Party
■ Chris Brentin, The Greens
■ Maree Nicholls, Rise Up Australia Party
The candidates for the seat of Chifley in order of ballot draw are:
■ Ammar Khan, independent
■ Ed Husic, Labor Party
■ Isabelle White, Liberal Party
■ Michael Wright, Democratic Labour Party
■ David Vincent, Christian Democratic Party
■ Alex Norwick, Australia First Party
■ Ben Hammond, Greens
■ Elizabeth Power, One Nation
■ Chris Buttel, Palmer United Party