Electoral district of Barwon

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district barwon 2015.svg
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1894–1904
MPKevin Humphries
PartyNational Party
NamesakeBarwon River
Electors55,759 (2017)
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 Kevin Humphries of The Nationals.

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]


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 has been in the hands of the National Party without interruption since 1950, and for most of that time has been reasonably safe for that party.

Members for Barwon[edit]

First incarnation (1894–1904)
Member Party Term
  William Willis Protectionist 1894–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
Second incarnation (1927–present)
Member Party Term
  Walter Wearne Nationalist 1927–1930
  Bill Ratcliffe Labor 1930–1932
  Ben Wade Country 1932–1940
  Roy Heferen Labor 1940–1950
  Geoff Crawford Country 1950–1976
  Wal Murray Country, National 1976–1995
  Ian Slack-Smith National 1995–2007
  Kevin Humphries National 2007–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Barwon[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Kevin Humphries 23,426 49.1 −22.9
Labor Craig Ashby 11,454 24.0 +2.5
Independent Rohan Boehm 8,051 16.9 +16.9
Greens Cameron Jones 2,942 6.2 +0.3
Christian Democrats Ian Hutchinson 1,192 2.5 +2.5
No Land Tax Nella Lopreiato 646 1.4 +1.4
Total formal votes 47,711 96.6 −0.6
Informal votes 1,670 3.4 +0.6
Turnout 49,381 87.6 +1.1
Two-party-preferred result
National Kevin Humphries 25,524 62.9 −13.1
Labor Craig Ashby 15,065 37.1 +13.1
National hold Swing −13.1


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