Division of Eden-Monaro
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Eden and Monaro|
|Area||41,617 km2 (16,068.4 sq mi)|
The Division of Eden-Monaro is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the town of Eden and the Monaro district of southern New South Wales.
Until 1943 the seat was held by non-Labor parties for all but three years, but since then it has been consistently marginal.
Prior to the 2016 election, Eden-Monaro was long regarded as Australia's most well-known "bellwether seat". From the 1972 election until the 2013 election, Eden-Monaro was won by the party that also won the election. During this time, all of its sitting members were defeated at the polls – none retired or resigned.
Liberal incumbent Peter Hendy was defeated by previous Labor incumbent Mike Kelly at the 2016 election, which saw Eden-Monaro won by the party that did not win government for the first time in nearly half a century. No longer the nation's longest-running bellwether seat, the nation's new bellwether became the seat of Robertson – continually won by the party that also won government since the 1983 election. "Best" bellwether aside, ABC psephologist Antony Green classed a total of eleven electorates as bellwethers in his 2016 election guide.
|(Sir) Austin Chapman||Protectionist||1901–1909|
|John Perkins||United Australia||1931–1943|
|Animal Justice||Frankie Seymour||1,986||2.10||+2.10|
|Christian Democrats||Ursula Bennett||1,763||1.87||+0.85|
|Defence Veterans||Don Friend||1,448||1.53||+1.53|
|Total formal votes||94,469||93.66||−0.81|
|Labor gain from Liberal||Swing||+5.84|