2017 Murray state by-election

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A by-election was held in the New South Wales state electoral district of Murray on 14 October 2017. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Adrian Piccoli, of the National Party.[1] The National Party barely retained the seat and, after distribution of preferences, Austin Evans was elected. Helen Dalton, candidate for the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party seen a swing of more than 13% on her personal vote building on the 2015 result.

The by-election was held on the same day as by-elections in Blacktown and Cootamundra. The conduct of all three by-elections was administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.


The candidates in ballot paper order are as follows:[2]

Candidate nominations
Party Candidate Notes (not on ballot paper)
  Independent Brian Mills
  Independent Peter Robinson
  Nationals Austin Evans Former Mayor of the abolished Murrumbidgee Shire, former Administrator of Murrumbidgee Council and current councillor on Murrumbidgee Council. Evans is Senior Operations Engineer at Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited.[3]
  Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Helen Dalton Independent candidate and runner-up for Murray in the 2015 election.
  Country Labor Michael Kidd Councillor on Leeton Shire. Kidd works as a radiographer for Leeton Health Service and cites cuts by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District as his main campaign issue.[4]
  Greens Ray Goodlass


2017 Murray state by-election[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Austin Evans 18,548 40.7 −14.8
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Helen Dalton 14,332 31.5 +31.5
Labor Michael Kidd 9,324 20.5 +4.3
Independent Brian Mills 1,363 3.0 −0.8
Independent Peter Robinson 1,072 2.4 +2.4
Greens Ray Goodlass 912 2.0 −0.2
Total formal votes 45,551 96.9 +0.6
Informal votes 1,466 3.1 −0.6
Turnout 47,017 84.0 −3.5
Two-candidate-preferred result
National Austin Evans 21,237 53.3 −19.3
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Helen Dalton 18,570 46.7 +46.7
National hold Swing –19.3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green, Antony. "Murray by-election". ABC News. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ "List of Nominated Candidates". Electoral Commission NSW. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ Frost, Jeremy (17 September 2017). "Austin Evans will lead the Nationals party at the seat of Murray by-election". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ Jacques, Oliver (15 September 2017). "Leeton Radiographer Michael Kidd is Labor candidate for Murray". The Irrigator. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  5. ^ "First Preference Votes Report Parliamentary Election: Murray". NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  6. ^ "State Electoral District of Murray: Distribution of Preferences". NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 October 2017.

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