Electoral district of Monaro

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district monaro 2015.svg
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1858–1920
MPJohn Barilaro
PartyThe Nationals
Electors55,844 (2017)
Area20,479.02 km2 (7,907.0 sq mi)

Monaro is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by John Barilaro of The Nationals.

Monaro is a regional district in the south of the state. It encompasses the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Snowy Monaro Regional Council. Its significant population centres include Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood, Cooma, Bombala, Captains Flat, Nimmitabel, Bredbo, Michelago, Berridale, Jindabyne and Adaminaby.[1]


The electorate was created in 1856 for the First Parliament under the name Maneroo, derived from an Aboriginal name for the area, now spelt Monaro. It was renamed Monaro for the second Parliament in February 1858. It elected two members between 1880 and 1894. In 1894, single-member electorates were introduced statewide and part of the electorate, (including Bombala), was absorbed into Eden-Bombala. In 1913, it absorbed much of the Electoral district of Queanbeyan, including Queanbeyan, which is its major city. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Goulburn, along with Bega. It was recreated in 1927.

Members for Monaro[edit]

First incarnation (1858–1880, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Daniel Egan None 1858–1859
  Alexander Hamilton None 1859–1860
  Thomas Garrett None 1860–1864
  James Martin None 1864–1865
  William Grahame None 1865–1869
  Daniel Egan None 1870–1870
  James Hart None 1870–1872
  William Grahame None 1872–1874
  Alexander Montague None 1875–1877
  John Murphy None 1877–1880
(1880–1894, 2 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Henry Badgery None 1880–1885   Robert Tooth None 1880–1884
  David Ryrie None 1884–1885
  Henry Dawson None 1885–1887   Harold Stephen None 1885–1887
  Protectionist 1887–1894   Thomas O'Mara Independent Protectionist 1887–1889
  Harold Stephen Protectionist 1889–1889
  Gus Miller Protectionist 1889–1894
(1894–1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Gus Miller Protectionist 1894–1901
  Labour 1901–1918
  John Bailey Labor 1918–1920
Second incarnation (1927–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  William Hedges Country 1927–1941
  John Seiffert Labor 1941–1950
  Independent Labor 1950–1953
  Labor 1953–1965
  Steve Mauger Liberal 1965–1976
  John Akister Labor 1976–1988
  Peter Cochran National 1988–1999
  Peter Webb National 1999–2003
  Steve Whan Labor 2003–2011
  John Barilaro National 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Monaro[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National John Barilaro 22,518 48.7 +1.7
Labor Steve Whan 18,761 40.6 −0.5
Greens Peter Marshall 3,620 7.8 +0.1
No Land Tax Leslie Dinham 691 1.5 +1.5
Christian Democrats Joy Horton 613 1.3 −0.0
Total formal votes 46,203 97.4 +0.2
Informal votes 1,237 2.6 −0.2
Turnout 47,440 89.4 −0.5
Two-party-preferred result
National John Barilaro 23,314 52.5 +0.5
Labor Steve Whan 21,071 47.5 −0.5
National hold Swing +0.5


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