Electoral district of Barwon

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Barwon
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Barwon.png
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1894–1904
1927–present
MPRoy Butler
PartyShooters, Fishers and Farmers
NamesakeBarwon River
Electors55,154 (2019)
Area356,291.70 km2 (137,565.0 sq mi)

Barwon is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Roy Butler of the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party.

Covering roughly 44% of the land mass of New South Wales, Barwon is by far the state's largest electoral district. It includes the local government areas of Bourke Shire, Brewarrina Shire, Narrabri Shire, Walgett Shire, Warrumbungle Shire, Coonamble Shire, Gilgandra Shire, Warren Shire, Bogan Shire, Lachlan Shire, Cobar Shire, Central Darling Shire, the City of Broken Hill as well as the large Unincorporated Far West Region surrounding Broken Hill.[1]

History[edit]

Barwon was originally created in 1894, when it along with Moree, replaced Gwydir. In 1904, with the downsizing of the Legislative Assembly after Federation, Gwydir was recreated and Moree and Barwon were abolished. In 1927, with the breakup of the three-member Electoral district of Namoi, it was recreated.

Polling booth, Double Gates Hotel, c.1914

Originally a marginal seat that traded hands between the Labor Party and the conservative parties, it was considered a safe seat for the National Party who held it without interruption from 1950 until 2019, when it was won by the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

Members for Barwon[edit]

First incarnation (1894–1904)
Member Party Term
  William Willis[2] Protectionist 1894–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
Second incarnation (1927–present)
Member Party Term
  Walter Wearne[3] Nationalist 1927–1930
  Bill Ratcliffe[4] Labor 1930–1932
  Ben Wade[5] Country 1932–1940
  Roy Heferen[6] Labor 1940–1950
  Geoff Crawford[7] Country 1950–1976
  Wal Murray[8] Country, National 1976–1995
  Ian Slack-Smith[9] National 1995–2007
  Kevin Humphries[10] National 2007–2019
  Roy Butler[11] Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 2019–present

Election results[edit]

2019 New South Wales state election: Barwon[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Roy Butler 15,218 32.96 +32.96
National Andrew Schier 14,027 30.38 −18.72
Labor Darriea Turley 9,661 20.92 −3.08
Independent Phil Naden 2,565 5.56 +5.56
Liberal Democrats Andrew Fleisher 1,571 3.40 +3.40
Greens Leigh Williams 1,395 3.02 −3.15
Independent Owen Whyman 735 1.59 +1.59
Animal Justice Jason Alan 558 1.21 +1.21
Sustainable Australia Maree McDonald-Pritchard 444 0.96 +0.96
Total formal votes 46,174 96.45 −0.17
Informal votes 1,701 3.55 +0.17
Turnout 47,875 86.80 −0.82
Two-party-preferred result
National Andrew Schier 16,483 52.52 −10.37
Labor Darriea Turley 14,904 47.48 +10.37
Two-candidate-preferred result
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Roy Butler 19,901 56.60 +56.60
National Andrew Schier 15,258 43.40 −19.48
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers gain from National Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barwon". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Mr William Nicholas Willis (1858-1922)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "The Hon. Walter Ernest Wearne (1867–1931)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Mr Wilfred Joseph Ratcliffe (1880-1935)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr Benjamin Martin Wade (1883-1958)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Mr Stephen Roy Heferen (1898-1961)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "The Hon. Geoffrey Robertson Crawford (1916–1998)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr (Wal) Wallace Telford John Murray (1931-2004)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Mr Ian Lindsay Slack-Smith (1946- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 September 2019. 2027
  10. ^ "The Hon. Kevin John Humphries (1960- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Mr (Roy) Royal Francis Butler MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Barwon: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Barwon: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.