- Electoral district of Albury
Albury has generally been considered as a heartland seat for the conservative parties, and the Liberal Party of Australia and its predecessors have held the seat for almost all of its history. While there have been several instances of the Australian Labor Party breaking the conservative hold on the seat, these have typically been short-lived and have occurred only at the peak of a popular government. There has been only one major exception to this: former Albury mayor Harold Mair won the seat for Labor in 1978 and held it for a decade before being swept away in the landslide Labor defeat of 1988. The Albury electorate has since reverted to its traditional tendencies - the current Liberal member, Greg Aplin, was returned with more than 60% of the vote in 2003, and Labor finished fourth behind Aplin and two independents.
Albury includes both urban and rural areas, covering 5,778.53 km². There were 42,635 people enrolled within the electorate as of April 1999. The 2004 redistribution of electorates estimated that the electorate would have 48,988 electors on 29 April 2007. Albury currently encompassed the local government areas of the City of Albury (including Albury), Greater Hume Shire (Culcairn and Holbrook), Corowa Shire (Corowa and Howlong) and Tumbarumba Shire (Tumbarumba) and a small part of Tumut Shire (Cabramurra).
Albury was first created in 1880 from part of Hume and is named after the city of Albury. In 1920, Albury, Wagga Wagga and Corowa was absorbed into Murray and elected four members under proportional representation. At the end of proportional representation in 1927, Albury was recreated.
First incarnation (1880–1920) Member Party Term George Day None 1880–1887 Protectionist 1887–1889 John Wilkinson Protectionist 1889–1895 Richard Ball Free Trade 1895–1898 Thomas Griffith Protectionist 1898–1901 Independent 1901–1904 Gordon McLaurin Progressive 1904–1907 Independent 1907–1913 John Cusack Labor 1913–1917 Independent Labor 1917–1917 Arthur Manning Nationalist 1917–1920 Second incarnation (1927—present) Member Party Term John Ross Nationalist 1927–1930 Independent 1930–1930 Joseph Fitzgerald Labor 1930–1932 Alexander Mair United Australia 1932–1943 Democratic 1943–1945 Liberal 1945–1946 John Hurley Labor 1946–1947 Doug Padman Liberal 1947–1965 Gordon Mackie Liberal 1965–1978 Harold Mair Labor 1978–1988 Ian Glachan Liberal 1988–2003 Greg Aplin Liberal 2003–present
New South Wales state election, 2011: Albury Party Candidate Votes % ±% Liberal Greg Aplin 26,316 61.1 -4.2 Labor Darren Cameron 6,566 15.2 -12.1 Independent Paul Wareham 6,276 14.6 +14.6 Greens Colin Hesse 2,188 5.1 -2.2 Christian Democrats Rhonda Avasalu 1,101 2.6 +2.6 Democrats Stephen Bingle 617 1.4 +1.4 Total formal votes 43,064 96.3 -1.1 Informal votes 1,667 3.7 +1.1 Turnout 44,731 90.0 -0.4 Two-candidate preferred result Liberal Greg Aplin 28,606 76.9 +7.9 Labor Darren Cameron 8,609 23.1 -7.9 Liberal hold Swing +7.9
- "Albury". New South Wales Electoral Commission. http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/profiles/district_profiles/albury. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
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