Electoral district of Northern Tablelands

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Location in New South Wales

Northern Tablelands is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is currently held by Adam Marshall representing the National Party, following a by-election triggered by the resignation of independent member Richard Torbay. [1]

Northern Tablelands is a 30,546 km² rural electorate, covering the uplands of northern New South Wales. It is centred on the university city of Armidale; other towns included in the electorate are Inverell, Glen Innes, Tenterfield and Uralla. The northern boundary of the electorate is the Queensland border. At the 2003 election, there were 42,886 enrolled voters.

In 2007, the low level of population growth in the electorate led to Northern Tablelands being expanded, both to the west to take in Warialda and Bingara and to the south to take in Walcha and Nowendoc, increasing its area to 44,674 km². According to the report for the 2004 redistribution of electoral districts, it was estimated that the electoral district would have 48,942 electors on 29 April 2007.[2]

History[edit]

Northern Tablelands was originally created in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, replacing Armidale, Gough and Tenterfield, and elected three members. It was held by the same three members throughout its first incarnation: inaugural Country Party leader Michael Bruxner, state Minister for Education David Drummond, and Labor MP Alfred McClelland, grandfather of former federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland. In 1927, it was divided into the single-member electorates of Armidale and Tenterfield. It was recreated in 1981, partly replacing Armidale and Tenterfield.[3]

The first member after its recreation in 1981 was Bill McCarthy, a Labor member, who had previously been the member for the abolished electorate of Armidale. McCarthy was a popular member, and held the seat for Labor as the region trended increasingly conservative. McCarthy had developed serious health problems by the 1984 state election, but was persuaded to recontest to maintain Labor control of the seat; he subsequently died in office in 1987. Labor endorsed McCarthy's widow, Thelma, at the subsequent by-election, but she was narrowly defeated by National Party candidate Ray Chappell after a heavily-publicised campaign. Chappell was re-elected with little difficulty three times, but in the 1999 election faced a challenge from the popular ex-mayor of Armidale, Richard Torbay, standing as an independent. In a shock result Torbay won the seat with a comfortable margin, continuing a trend in NSW country areas for National Party candidates to be rejected in favour of local independents. In 2007, he was appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the first independent to fulfill the role since 1917.

Members[edit]

First incarnation (1920—1927, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Michael Bruxner Progressive 1920–1925   David Drummond Progressive 1920–1925   Alfred McClelland Labor 1920–1927
  Country 1925–1927   Country 1925–1927
Second incarnation (1981—present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Bill McCarthy Labor 1981–1987
  Ray Chappell National 1987–1999
  Richard Torbay Independent 1999–2013
  Adam Marshall National 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Northern Tablelands state by-election, 2013[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Adam Marshall 27,276 63.3 +35.0
Independent Jim Maher 5,814 13.5 +13.5
Labor Herman Beyersdorf 4,190 9.7 +6.3
Independent Katherine Nicholson 1,845 4.3 +4.3
Greens Dora Koops 1,782 4.1 +0.8
Independent Bill Bush 1,270 2.9 +2.9
Christian Democrats Silvana Nero 912 2.1 +0.5
Total formal votes 43,089 97.1 -1.7
Informal votes 1,304 2.9 +1.8
Turnout 44,393 85.7 +7.5
Two-party-preferred result
National Adam Marshall 29,817 81.0 +4.9
Labor Herman Beyersdorf 7,014 19.0 -4.9
National gain from Independent Swing +4.9
New South Wales state election, 2011: Northern Tablelands[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Richard Torbay 29,526 63.4 -9.3
National Charlie McCowen 13,199 28.3 +10.6
Labor Sarah Frazier 1,580 3.4 -0.9
Greens Pat Schultz 1,531 3.3 +0.1
Christian Democrats Isabel Strutt 736 1.6 -0.4
Total formal votes 46,572 98.8 -0.2
Informal votes 547 1.2 +0.2
Turnout 47,119 93.2
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Richard Torbay 31,247 69.4 -10.8
National Charlie McCowen 13,756 30.6 +10.8
Independent hold Swing -10.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Northern Tablelands By-election Results". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Redistribution Commissioners' Report". Election Funding Authority of New South Wales. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  4. ^ Green, Antony. "2013 Northern Tablelands by-election results". ABC News. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Antony Green. "2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results". NSW Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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