Division of New England

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New England
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of NEW ENGLAND 2016.png
Division of New England in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created1901
MPBarnaby Joyce
PartyThe Nationals
NamesakeNew England
Electors111,979 (2019)
Area66,394 km2 (25,634.9 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of New England is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is located in the north-east of the state, adjoining the border with Queensland. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named after the New England region in northern New South Wales.

The 66,394 km² division covers a largely rural area, with agriculture the main industry. From south to north it includes the regional population centres of Scone, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and Tenterfield.

The member since the 2013 federal election has been Barnaby Joyce, who served as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party from 2016 to 2018. Amid the 2017–18 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis, the seat was declared vacant on 27 October 2017 by the High Court of Australia arising from Joyce's dual citizenship. Joyce had renounced his dual citizenship effective from August in order to become a sole citizen of Australia and was thus eligible to run for federal parliament.[1] Joyce regained the seat at a by-election on 2 December.[2]

History[edit]

From 1922 to 2001, New England was usually regarded as a comfortably safe seat for the Country Party, later known as the National Party.[3] Only one Labor candidate has ever won the seat – Francis Foster at the 1906 election and again at the 1910 election, both times on small margins. From 2001 until his retirement in 2013, the seat was represented by independent Tony Windsor. Former Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce has represented the seat for the National Party since.

The seat's best-known member was Ian Sinclair, leader of the National Party from 1984 to 1989, a minister in the Menzies, Holt, Gorton, McMahon and Fraser governments and Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives for a few months in 1998.

2015 abolition of Charlton[edit]

Under the original redistribution proposal in 2015, the Australian Electoral Commission announced it intended to abolish Hunter. Electors in the north of Hunter would have joined New England.[4] Ultimately however, the Commission opted for a less radical proposal that saw Charlton abolished, Hunter pushed eastward to absorb most of Charlton's territory, and New England absorbing a few small areas in Hunter's north. Due to changing populations, overall New South Wales lost a seat while Western Australia gained a seat.[5]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  William Sawers Protectionist 1901–1903
  Edmund Lonsdale Free Trade 1903–1906
  Francis Foster Labour 1906–1913
  Percy Abbott Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Alexander Hay Nationalist 1919–1920
  Country 1920–1922
  Independent 1922–1922
  Victor Thompson Country 1922–1940
  Joe Abbott Country 1940–1949
  David Drummond Country 1949–1963
  Ian Sinclair Country 1963–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1998
  Stuart St. Clair National 1998–2001
  Tony Windsor Independent 2001–2013
  Barnaby Joyce National 2013–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: New England[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Barnaby Joyce 50,149 55.14 +2.85
Independent Adam Blakester 13,277 14.60 +14.60
Labor Yvonne Langenberg 11,407 12.54 +5.53
United Australia Cindy Anne Duncan 4,086 4.49 +4.49
Greens Tony Lonergan 3,764 4.14 +1.22
Independent Rob Taber 3,444 3.79 +0.99
Independent Natasha Ledger 2,782 3.06 +3.06
Christian Democrats Julie Collins 2,041 2.24 +0.85
Total formal votes 90,950 93.16 +0.20
Informal votes 6,675 6.84 −0.20
Turnout 97,625 87.18 −6.19
Two-candidate-preferred result
National Barnaby Joyce 58,968 64.84 +64.84
Independent Adam Blakester 31,982 35.16 +35.16

Results are not final. Last updated 5:30pm AEST on 25 May 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Citizenship verdicts handed down by High Court, Barnaby Joyce disqualified". ABC News. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ 2017 New England by-election: Antony Green ABC
  3. ^ "2017 New England by-election - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  4. ^ Australian Electoral Commission to abolish Federal NSW seat of Hunter: ABC 16 October 2015
  5. ^ Green, Antony. "2015-16 New South Wales Federal Redistribution". Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  6. ^ New England, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°19′08″S 151°18′54″E / 30.319°S 151.315°E / -30.319; 151.315