Electoral district of Clarence

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For the abolished district in Tasmania, see Electoral district of Clarence (Tasmania).
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1859–1920
MP Chris Gulaptis
Party The Nationals
Area 13,494.54 km2 (5,210.3 sq mi)

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

It includes all of the Clarence Valley Council including Grafton, Maclean, Yamba, Illuka, Junction Hill, Ulmarra, Coutts Crossing and Glenreagh, as well as all of the Richmond Valley Council including Casino, Coraki, Woodburn, Evans Head and Tatham.[1]


Clarence was created in 1859, replacing Clarence and Darling Downs. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation in 1920, it was absorbed into Byron along with Lismore. In 1927, it was recreated.

It has historically been a safe National seat, having been held by that party for all but seven years in its current incarnation. However, Labor has won it at high-tide elections.

Members for Clarence[edit]

First incarnation (1859–1920)
Member Party Term
  Clark Irving None 1859–1864
  John Laycock None 1864–1866
  John Robertson None 1866–1869
  Thomas Bawden None 1869–1880
  Charles Fawcett None 1880–1880
  John Purves None 1880–1887
  John McFarlane Protectionist 1887–1901
  Progressive 1901–1907
  Liberal Reform 1907–1915
  William Zuill Liberal Reform 1915–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1920
Second incarnation (1927–present)
Member Party Term
  Alfred Pollack Country 1927–1931
  Alfred Henry Country 1931–1938
  Cecil Wingfield Country 1938–1955
  Bill Weiley Country 1955–1971
  Matt Singleton Country 1971–1981
  Don Day Labor 1981–1984
  Ian Causley National 1984–1996
  Harry Woods Labor 1996–2003
  Steve Cansdell National 2003–2011
  Chris Gulaptis National 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Clarence[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Chris Gulaptis 23,799 50.4 −13.0
Labor Trent Gilbert 13,431 28.5 +18.5
Greens Janet Cavanaugh 4,308 9.1 +2.4
Independent Debrah Novak 2,202 4.7 +4.7
Christian Democrats Carol Ordish 1,143 2.4 +0.6
Independent Bryan Robins 1,041 2.2 +2.2
Independent Christine Robinson 833 1.8 +1.8
No Land Tax Joe Lopreiato 427 0.9 +0.9
Total formal votes 47,184 96.9 −0.7
Informal votes 1,520 3.1 +0.7
Turnout 48,704 89.7 +0.4
Two-party-preferred result
National Chris Gulaptis 25,082 59.7 −22.2
Labor Trent Gilbert 16,947 40.3 +22.2
National hold Swing −22.2