Electoral district of Albury
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
Location in New South Wales
|State||New South Wales|
|Area||19,686.86 km2 (7,601.1 sq mi)|
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.
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)|
|Richard Ball||Free Trade||1895–1898|
|Second incarnation (1927—present)|
|Alexander Mair||United Australia||1932–1943|
|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|
- "Albury". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
- State Electoral District of Albury: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
- State Electoral District of Albury: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.