Electoral district of Monaro

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Location in New South Wales

Monaro is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by John Barilaro of the National Party of Australia.

According to the report for the 2004 redistribution of electoral districts, it is estimated that the electoral district will have 46,979 electors on 29 April 2007.[1] At the 2007 election it will include all of the City of Queanbeyan, almost all of Palerang Council (including Bungendore, Braidwood and Captains Flat), a small part of Yass Valley Council (including Sutton), all of Cooma-Monaro Shire (including Cooma, Nimmitabel, Numeralla, Bredbo and Michelago), all of Snowy River Shire (including Berridale, Jindabyne and Adaminaby), all of Bombala Council and a small part of Bega Valley Shire (including Bemboka).[2]


The electorate was created in 1856 for the First Parliament under the name Maneroo, derived from an Aboriginal name for the area, now spelt Monaro. It was renamed Monaro for the second Parliament in February 1858. It elected two members between 1880 and 1894. In 1894, single-member electorates were introduced state-wide and part of the electorate, (including Bombala), was absorbed into Eden-Bombala. In 1913, it absorbed much of the Electoral district of Queanbeyan, including Queanbeyan, which is its major city. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Goulburn, along with Bega. It was recreated in 1927.

Members for Monaro[edit]

First incarnation (1858–1880, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Daniel Egan None 1858–1859
  Alexander Hamilton None 1859–1860
  Thomas Garrett None 1860–1864
  James Martin None 1864–1865
  William Grahame None 1865–1869
  Daniel Egan None 1870–1870
  James Hart None 1870–1872
  William Grahame None 1872–1874
  Alexander Montague None 1875–1877
  John Murphy None 1877–1880
(1880–1894, 2 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Henry Badgery None 1880–1885   Robert Tooth None 1880–1884
  David Ryrie None 1884–1885
  Henry Dawson None 1885–1887   Harold Stephen None 1885–1887
  Protectionist 1887–1894   Thomas O'Mara Independent Protectionist 1887–1889
  Harold Stephen Protectionist 1889–1889
  Gus Miller Protectionist 1889–1894
(1894–1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Gus Miller Protectionist 1894–1901
  Labor 1901–1918
  John Bailey Labor 1918–1920
Second incarnation (1927–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  William Hedges Country 1927–1941
  John Seiffert Labor 1941–1950
  Independent Labor 1950–1953
  Labor 1953–1965
  Steve Mauger Liberal 1965–1976
  John Akister Labor 1976–1988
  Peter Cochran National 1988–1999
  Peter Webb National 1999–2003
  Steve Whan Labor 2003–2011
  John Barilaro National 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Monaro[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National John Barilaro 21,134 47.1 +7.8
Labor Steve Whan 18,381 41.0 -6.9
Greens Paul Cockram 3,524 7.9 -2.1
Independent Kingsley Warburton 1,218 2.7 +2.7
Christian Democrats Deanne Graf 618 1.4 +1.4
Total formal votes 44,875 97.6 +0.1
Informal votes 1,083 2.4 -0.1
Turnout 45,958 91.8
Two-party-preferred result
National John Barilaro 21,918 52.1 +8.4
Labor Steve Whan 20,178 47.9 -8.4
National gain from Labor Swing +8.4


  1. ^ "Redistribution Commissioners' Report". Election Funding Authority of New South Wales. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Monaro". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  3. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 9 December 2011.