Division of Banks
The Division of Banks is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Sir Joseph Banks, the British scientist who accompanied James Cook on his voyage to Australia in 1770. It has always been based in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, including the suburbs of Padstow, Panania, Peakhurst and Revesby. It has been held since its creation by the Australian Labor Party, but has grown increasingly marginal in recent years. It was almost lost in 2004, but the 2006 redistribution added areas to the west in Bankstown and Condell Park which have strengthened the seat for Labor. At the 2009 distributions, these areas were lost and it gained areas in the east, especially around Hurstville.
Suburbs totally or partially covered
Banks includes Allawah, Blakehurst, Connells Point, Hurstville, Hurstville Grove, South Hurstville, Kyle Bay, Lugarno, Mortdale, Oatley, Padstow Heights, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Heights, and Penshurst, and parts of Bankstown, Beverly Hills, Carlton, Kingsgrove, Narwee, Padstow, Punchbowl, Revesby and Riverwood.