Electoral district of Ballina

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Ballina
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Ballina.png
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1894–1904
1988–present
MPTamara Smith
PartyGreens
NamesakeBallina, New South Wales
Electors59,329 (2019)
Area1,059.16 km2 (408.9 sq mi)
DemographicRural

Ballina is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales.

History[edit]

Ballina was originally created in 1894, when the three-member electorate of Richmond was divided into Richmond, Lismore and Ballina. In 1904, Ballina was replaced by Byron. In 1988, a recreated Ballina and Murwillumbah replaced Byron.

The 2004 redistribution of electoral districts estimated that the electoral district would have 47,246 electors on 29 April 2007. At the 2007 election it encompassed all of Ballina Shire (including Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head and Wollongbar) and most of the populated areas of Byron Shire (including Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads, South Golden Beach and Bangalow).

The 2013 NSW state electoral redistribution once again changed the boundaries of the electorate, so at the next election it would comprise the entire shires of Ballina and Byron.

The Greens won the seat of Ballina at the 2015 state election, bringing their lower house representation to three seats. It became the first rural seat in any Australian parliament outside Tasmania to be won by the Greens.

Members for Ballina[edit]

First incarnation (1894–1904)
Member Party Term
  John Perry[1] Protectionist 1894–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
Second incarnation (1988–present)
Member Party Term
  Don Page[2] National 1988–2015
  Tamara Smith[3] Greens 2015–present

Election results[edit]

2019 New South Wales state election: Ballina[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Ben Franklin 18,550 37.01 +0.36
Greens Tamara Smith 15,895 31.71 +4.69
Labor Asren Pugh 12,457 24.85 +0.12
Animal Justice Cathy Blasonato 1,256 2.51 +2.51
Sustainable Australia Lisa McDermott 1,119 2.23 +2.23
Keep Sydney Open James Wright 850 1.70 +1.70
Total formal votes 50,127 97.36 −0.29
Informal votes 1,359 2.64 +0.29
Turnout 51,486 86.78 −1.65
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Asren Pugh 23,657 54.31 +1.28
National Ben Franklin 19,904 45.69 −1.28
Two-candidate-preferred result
Greens Tamara Smith 24,645 55.42 +2.26
National Ben Franklin 19,824 44.58 −2.26
Greens hold Swing +2.26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. John Perry (1) (1845-1922)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  2. ^ "The Hon. Donald Loftus Page (1951- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Ms Tamara Francine Smith, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Ballina: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Ballina: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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