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.
Created 1901
MP Barnaby Joyce
Party National
Namesake New England
Electors 109,580 (2016)
Area 68,394 km2 (26,407.1 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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 75 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named after the New England region in northern New South Wales.

The division includes such towns as Armidale, Ashford, Barraba, Bingara, Bundarra, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Manilla, Quirindi, Tamworth, Uralla, Werris Creek, Walcha and Tenterfield. The Division covers a largely rural area, with agriculture the main industry.

The current member since the 2013 federal election is Barnaby Joyce who currently serves as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party.


Historically, New England has been one of the most conservative seats in Australia. Only one Labor member has ever won it.

From 1922 to 2001, the seat was held by the National Party, and for most of that time it was comfortably safe for that party. However, between 2001 and 2013, it was represented by independent Tony Windsor. Windsor retired in 2013, and former Queensland Senator Joyce reclaimed it for the Nationals.

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.[1] 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.[2]


Member Party Term
  William Sawers Protectionist 19011903
  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]

Australian federal election, 2016: New England[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Barnaby Joyce 49,673 52.29 −1.42
Independent Tony Windsor 27,763 29.22 +29.22
Labor David Ewings 6,662 7.01 −6.79
Greens Mercurius Goldstein 2,775 2.92 −1.85
Independent Rob Taber 2,661 2.80 −9.77
CountryMinded David Mailler 1,337 1.41 +1.41
Christian Democrats Stan Colefax 1,317 1.39 −0.27
Liberal Democrats Peter Whelan 1,151 1.21 +1.21
Independent Philip Cox 856 0.90 +0.90
Online Direct Democracy Robert Walker 809 0.85 +0.85
Total formal votes 95,004 92.96 −1.03
Informal votes 7,196 7.04 +1.03
Turnout 102,200 93.27 −3.22
Two-party-preferred result
National Barnaby Joyce 63,100 66.42 −3.12
Labor David Ewings 31,904 33.58 +3.12
Two-candidate-preferred result
National Barnaby Joyce 55,595 58.52 −5.94
Independent Tony Windsor 39,409 41.48 +41.48
National hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ Australian Electoral Commission to abolish Federal NSW seat of Hunter: ABC 16 October 2015
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "2015-16 New South Wales Federal Redistribution". Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  3. ^ New England, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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