Division of New England

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New England
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of New England 2010.png
Division of New England (green) within New South Wales
Created 1901
MP Barnaby Joyce
Party National
Namesake New England
Electors 102,132 (2013)[1]
Area 59,344 km2 (22,912.8 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 for New England, since the 2013 federal election, is Barnaby Joyce, a member of the National Party of Australia and a former Senator for the state of Queensland.


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 Hunter[edit]

In 2015 the Australian Electoral Commission announced plans to abolish the federation seat of Hunter. Electors in the north of Hunter will join New England. The roughly 40 percent remainder will become part of Paterson. As Hunter is a federation seat, first contested at the inaugural 1901 federal election, the name of Hunter is required to be retained. The commission proposes renaming Charlton to Hunter, and in honour of deceased Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, renaming Throsby to Whitlam. Due to changing populations, overall New South Wales loses a seat while Western Australia gets an extra seat.[2]


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]

Australian federal election, 2013: New England[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Barnaby Joyce 49,486 54.21 +28.99
Independent Rob Taber 12,574 13.77 +13.77
Labor Stephen Hewitt 10,825 11.86 +3.73
Independent Jamie McIntyre 6,059 6.64 +6.64
Palmer United Phillip Girle 4,746 5.20 +5.20
Greens Pat Schultz 4,184 4.58 +1.01
One Nation Brian Dettmann 1,566 1.72 +0.85
Christian Democrats Aaron Evans 1,496 1.64 +1.64
CEC Richard Witten 353 0.39 +0.05
Total formal votes 91,289 93.95 −2.51
Informal votes 5,881 6.05 +2.51
Turnout 97,170 95.14 +0.26
Two-party-preferred result
National Barnaby Joyce 64,551 70.71 +3.91
Labor Stephen Hewitt 26,738 29.29 −3.91
Two-candidate-preferred result
National Barnaby Joyce 58,846 64.46 +35.98
Independent Rob Taber 32,443 35.54 +35.54
National gain from Independent Swing N/A


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