Electoral district of Oxley

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1920–1988
MPMelinda Pavey
PartyNational Party
Electors56,293 (2017)
Area9,239.31 km2 (3,567.3 sq mi)

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


Oxley was created in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, replacing Gloucester and Raleigh, and elected three members. It was named after John Oxley. In 1927 it was divided into the single-member electorates of Oxley, Gloucester and Raleigh. In 1988 it was abolished and replaced by Port Macquarie. It was recreated in 1991.[1]

Oxley is one of three original (post 1927 redistribution) electorates to have never been held by the Labor Party, the other districts being Tamworth and Upper Hunter. The National Party has held the seat since its current incarnation was created in 1991.

At the 2007 election it included most of Bellingen Shire (including Bellingen and Dorrigo), Nambucca Shire (including Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville), Kempsey Shire, some of inland Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, including Wauchope, the lightly inhabited northwest of the Mid-Coast Council, and the lightly inhabited eastern fringe of Walcha Shire and Armidale Regional Council.[2]

The next redistribution taking effect at the 2015 state election redrew Oxley to contain the entirety of Bellingen Shire, Nambucca Shire, Kempsey Shire and a large inland component of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Its significant population centres include Bellingen, Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Kempsey and Wauchope.[3]

Members for Oxley[edit]

Three members (1920–1927)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  George Briner Progressive 1920–1920   Joseph Fitzgerald Labor 1920–1927   Richard Price Progressive 1920–1922
  Theodore Hill Progressive 1920–1922
  Nationalist 1922–1927   Roy Vincent Progressive 1922–1927
Single-member (1927–1988)
Member Party Term
  Lewis Martin Nationalist 1927–1932
  United Australia 1932–1941
  George Mitchell Independent 1941–1944
  Les Jordan Country 1944–1959
  Liberal 1959–1965
  Bruce Cowan Country 1965–1980
  Peter King National 1981–1981
  Jim Brown National 1981–1984
  Bruce Jeffery National 1984–1988
Single-member (1991–present)
Member Party Term
  Bruce Jeffery National 1991–1999
  Andrew Stoner National 1999–2015
  Melinda Pavey National 2015–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Oxley[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Melinda Pavey 24,504 52.7 −14.2
Labor Fran Armitage 12,414 26.7 +14.1
Greens Carol Vernon 7,032 15.1 +2.8
Christian Democrats John Klose 1,382 3.0 +1.2
No Land Tax Joe Costa 1,187 2.6 +2.6
Total formal votes 46,519 96.7 −0.6
Informal votes 1,588 3.3 +0.6
Turnout 48,107 89.1 −1.3
Two-party-preferred result
National Melinda Pavey 25,636 60.9 −17.9
Labor Fran Armitage 16,454 39.1 +17.9
National hold Swing −17.9


  1. ^ "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 29 September 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  2. ^ "Oxley". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  3. ^ "Oxley". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  4. ^ State Electoral District of Oxley: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  5. ^ State Electoral District of Oxley: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.