Electoral district of Albury

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district albury 2015.svg
Location in New South Wales
State New South Wales
Dates current 1880–1920
MP Greg Aplin
Party Liberal Party
Electors 56,922 (2017)
Area 19,686.86 km2 (7,601.1 sq mi)

Albury is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is currently held by Greg Aplin of the Liberal Party.

Albury is a regional electorate in the state's south. It encompasses the local government areas of the City of Albury, Greater Hume Shire, Federation Council, part of Murrumbidgee Council, part of Snowy Valleys Council that includes the town of Cabramurra. Its significant population centres include Albury, Culcairn, Jindera, Corowa, Howlong, Holbrook, Jerilderie, and Tumbarumba.[1]


Albury was first created in 1880 from part of Hume and is named after the city of Albury. In 1920, Albury, Wagga Wagga, and Corowa were absorbed into Murray, and four members were elected under proportional representation. At the end of proportional representation in 1927, Albury was recreated.

Albury has generally been considered as a heartland seat for the conservative parties. The Liberal Party and its predecessors have held the seat for almost all of its history. While there have been several instances of the Labor Party breaking the conservative hold on the seat, these have typically been short-lived and have occurred only at the peak of a popular government. For instance, former Albury mayor Harold Mair won the seat for Labor in 1978 and held it for a decade. However, Mair's name recognition in the area was not enough to keep him from being swept out in the landslide Labor defeat of 1988. Liberal Ian Glachan, who had been Mair's opponent in 1984, actually turned Albury into a safe seat in one stroke.

Since then, Labor has never come close to retaking the seat. Labor candidates are usually fortunate to get much more than 30 percent of the primary vote. The Liberal hold on the seat has only been seriously threatened once since then, when Glachan suffered a 16-point swing and bested independent Claire Douglas by only 687 votes. At that election, Labor was pushed into third place. The seat reverted to form in 2003 upon Glachan's retirement. His successor, Greg Aplin, won 61.5 percent of the two-party vote, and Labor was pushed to fourth place on the primary vote behind Alpin and two independents.


First incarnation (1880–1920)
Member Party Term
  George Day None 1880–1887
  Protectionist 1887–1889
  John Wilkinson Protectionist 1889–1895
  Richard Ball Free Trade 1895–1898
  Thomas Griffith Protectionist 1898–1901
  Independent 1901–1904
  Gordon McLaurin Progressive 1904–1907
  Independent 1907–1913
  John Cusack Labor 1913–1917
  Independent Labor 1917–1917
  Arthur Manning Nationalist 1917–1920
Second incarnation (1927—present)
Member Party Term
  John Ross Nationalist 1927–1930
  Independent 1930–1930
  Joseph Fitzgerald Labor 1930–1932
  Alexander Mair United Australia 1932–1943
  Democratic 1943–1945
  Liberal 1945–1946
  John Hurley Labor 1946–1947
  Doug Padman Liberal 1947–1965
  Gordon Mackie Liberal 1965–1978
  Harold Mair Labor 1978–1988
  Ian Glachan Liberal 1988–2003
  Greg Aplin Liberal 2003–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Albury[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Greg Aplin 26,800 57.8 −0.9
Labor Ross Jackson 14,684 31.7 +16.4
Greens Niloufer King 2,603 5.6 +0.6
Christian Democrats Kym Wade 1,254 2.7 +0.2
No Land Tax John Marra 1,006 2.2 +2.2
Total formal votes 46,347 96.5 +0.5
Informal votes 1,681 3.5 −0.5
Turnout 48,028 87.9 −1.0
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Greg Aplin 27,915 63.2 −13.9
Labor Ross Jackson 16,233 36.8 +13.9
Liberal hold Swing −13.9


  1. ^ "Albury". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  2. ^ State Electoral District of Albury: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  3. ^ State Electoral District of Albury: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.