Electoral district of Bega

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district bega 2015.svg
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1894–1920
MPAndrew Constance
PartyLiberal Party
Electors57,185 (2017)
Area9,785.02 km2 (3,778.0 sq mi)

Bega is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Andrew Constance of the Liberal Party.

Bega is a regional electorate in the southeastern corner of the state. It encompasses the entirety of Bega Valley Shire and Eurobodalla Shire. Its population centres include Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden, Bemboka, Eurobodalla Shire, Moruya, Batemans Bay and Narooma.[1]


In 1894, single-member electorates were introduced statewide and the two-member electorate of Eden was split into Bega and Eden-Bombala. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Goulburn, along with Monaro. It was recreated in 1988. Bega has historically tended to be a safe conservative seat, although demographic change has led to the seat becoming increasingly marginal for the Liberal Party for much of the early portion of the 21st century. The margin blew out in the Liberals' 2011 landslide, along with many other Liberal-held country seats. While the Liberals suffered a 10-point swing in 2015, they still hold the seat on a margin of 8.2 percent—on the stronger side of fairly safe.

Members for Bega[edit]

First incarnation (1894–1920)
Member Party Period
  Thomas Rawlinson Independent Protectionist 1894–1895
  Henry Clarke Independent Protectionist 1895–1898
  Protectionist 1898–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
  William Wood Liberal Reform 1904–1913
  William Millard Liberal Reform 1913–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1920
Second incarnation (1988—present)
Member Party Period
  Russell Smith Liberal 1988–2003
  Andrew Constance Liberal 2003–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Bega[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Andrew Constance 25,379 53.2 −5.1
Labor Leanne Atkinson 15,652 32.8 +10.7
Greens Margaret Perger 4,817 10.1 −2.0
No Land Tax Clyde Archard 1,138 2.4 +2.4
Christian Democrats Ursula Bennett 683 1.4 −0.2
Total formal votes 47,669 97.1 +0.8
Informal votes 1,427 2.9 −0.8
Turnout 49,096 90.1 +0.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Andrew Constance 26,023 58.2 −10.3
Labor Leanne Atkinson 18,696 41.8 +10.3
Liberal hold Swing −10.3


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