Division of Riverina

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of RIVERINA 2016.png
Division of Riverina in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Dates current 1901–1984, 1993–present
MP Michael McCormack
Party National Party
Namesake Riverina
Electors 111,108 (2016)
Area 48,988 km2 (18,914.4 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Riverina is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in south-west rural New South Wales, generally following the Murrumbidgee River valley. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. The division was named after the Riverina region in which it is located. The division covers a primarily agricultural area.

The division includes the cities of Wagga Wagga and Griffith as well as the towns of Junee, West Wyalong, Tumut, Gundagai, Hay and Leeton. The Sturt Highway runs along the length of the division.

The current Member for Riverina, since the 2010 federal election, is Michael McCormack, a member of the National Party of Australia.


In the 1984 redistribution, the division was abolished and replaced by Riverina-Darling, but in the 1993 redistribution it was re-created.

The seat is currently a safe seat for the National Party, but was a much more marginal seat when it included the Labor-voting mining towns of Broken Hill and Cobar which have now been transferred to Farrer and Parkes. The seat has previously been held by Al Grassby, Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam Government.


First incarnation (1901–1984)
Member Party Term
  John Chanter Protectionist 1901–1903
  Robert Blackwood Free Trade 1903–1904
  John Chanter Protectionist 1904–1909
  Labour 1909–1913
  Franc Falkiner Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  John Chanter Labor 1914–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  William Killen Country 1922–1931
  Horace Nock Country 1931–1940
  Joe Langtry Labor 1940–1949
  Hugh Roberton Country 1949–1965
  Bill Armstrong Country 1965–1969
  Al Grassby Labor 1969–1974
  John Sullivan Country 1974–1975
  National Country 1975–1977
  John FitzPatrick Labor 1977–1980
  Noel Hicks National Country 1980–1982
  National 1982–1984
Second incarnation (1993–present)
Member Party Term
  Noel Hicks National 1993–1998
  Kay Hull National 1998–2010
  Michael McCormack National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Riverina[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Michael McCormack 56,581 57.20 +15.43
Labor Tim Kurylowicz 25,244 25.52 +3.75
Independent Richard Foley 6,058 6.12 +6.12
Greens Kevin Poynter 4,444 4.49 +0.83
Family First Glenn O'Rourke 3,386 3.42 +3.42
Christian Democrats Philip Langfield 3,207 3.24 +1.52
Total formal votes 98,920 95.39 +1.78
Informal votes 4,784 4.61 −1.78
Turnout 103,704 93.34 −3.22
Two-party-preferred result
National Michael McCormack 65,719 66.44 −2.55
Labor Tim Kurylowicz 33,201 33.56 +2.55
National hold Swing −2.55


  1. ^ Riverina, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 34°25′37″S 146°42′00″E / 34.427°S 146.700°E / -34.427; 146.700