Division of Parkes
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir Henry Parkes|
|Area||393,413 km2 (151,897.6 sq mi)|
The Division of Parkes is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The largest electorate in the state, it is located in the far north west of the state, adjoining the border with Queensland in the north and with South Australia in the west. The division is named after Sir Henry Parkes, seventh Premier of New South Wales and sometimes known as the 'Father of Federation'. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 October 1984, and was first contested at the 1984 federal election.
Its largest population centre is Dubbo. It also includes the towns of Mudgee, Ilford, Dunedoo, Gulgong, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Walgett, Narrabri, Moree, Warren, Nyngan, Cobar and Bourke. The division does not include the namesake town of Parkes.
The current Member for Parkes, since the 2007 federal election, is Mark Coulton, a member of the National Party of Australia. It is currently the safest seat in Australia for any party, with a 22-point swing needed for Labor to win it.
The seat is currently a safe Nationals seat. It was substantially changed by the 2006 redistribution and is now considered by many observers as the successor to the abolished Division of Gwydir. As a result, the then member for Parkes, John Cobb, instead contested the Division of Calare.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Parkes|
|Palmer United||Neil Gorman||6,724||7.42||+7.42|
|Christian Democrats||Michelle Ryan||2,354||2.60||+2.60|
|Total formal votes||90,639||94.26||−0.72|
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