Electoral district of Bathurst
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
Location in New South Wales
|State||New South Wales|
|Area||14,992.77 km2 (5,788.7 sq mi)|
Bathurst is a regional electorate that encompasses the entirety of the local government areas of Bathurst Region, the City of Lithgow, Oberon Shire, Blayney Shire, Oberon Shire plus the southern part of Mid-Western Regional Council (including Rylstone, Kandos and Ilford).
Bathurst was created in 1859, partly replacing Western Boroughs. Between 1920 and 1927, it absorbed parts of Hartley and Orange and elected three members under proportional representation. In 1927 Bathurst, Hartley and Orange were recreated as single-member electorates. It was held by the Labor party for 20 years until the Coalition's landslide win in 2011, where the Nationals candidate Paul Toole recorded a swing of 36.7%, the largest in state history. Of particular note was the suburb of Eglinton, where labor support plummeted from 854 of 1,690 (50.5%) to 180 of 1,690 (10.7%) first preference votes; a precipitous decline of 79%. This trend was somewhat reversed in 2015, with Toole being re-elected by a margin of around 15,000 votes, a majority of almost two-thirds of the vote, but still down from the approximate 20,000 margin from 2011.
Members for Bathurst
|(1859–1920, 1 member)|
|William Suttor, Sr.||None||1866–1872|
|Francis Bathurst Suttor||None||1875–1887|
|William Cortis||Free Trade||1887–1889|
|William Paul||Free Trade||1889–1891|
|Francis Bathurst Suttor||Protectionist||1891–1894|
|Sydney Smith||Free Trade||1894–1898|
|Francis Bathurst Suttor||Protectionist||1898–1900|
|John Miller||Liberal and Reform||1907–1913|
|(1920–1927, 3 members)|
|James Dooley||Labor||1920–1927||Valentine Johnston||Labor||1920–1922||John Fitzpatrick||Nationalist||1920–1927|
|Sir Charles Rosenthal||Nationalist||1922–1925|
|(1927–present, 1 member)|
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||Brenden May||7,498||14.75||+14.75|
|Sustainable Australia||Michael Begg||1,317||2.59||+2.59|
|Keep Sydney Open||Timothy Hansen||735||1.45||+1.45|
|Total formal votes||50,833||97.00||−0.37|
- "Bathurst". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- Stevenson, Andrew (29 March 2011). "Bathurst resident's historic swing his alone". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- State Electoral District of Bathurst: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
- State Electoral District of Bathurst: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.