- Division of Calare
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Calare (green) within New South Wales
Created: 1906 MP: John Cobb Party: National Namesake: Lachlan River (Aboriginal name) Area: 30,526 km² (11,786 sq mi) Demographic: Rural
The Division of Calare is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. The division was first contested at the 1906 election (it was created to replace the abolished Division of Canobolas) and is named for the local Aboriginal name for the Lachlan River, which runs through the western part of the division. (The name should be pronounced Kal-ah-ree, but the pronunciation Kul-air is established.)
The division originally encompassed Forbes, Orange and Parkes. Subsequent boundary changes moved it eastwards to encompass Bathurst, Lithgow and Oberon. On these boundaries it was notionally a marginal seat between the Australian Labor Party (which held it 1983-96) and the National Party, but it was held comfortably by an independent, Peter Andren, from 1996 to 2007. Andren was not a candidate for the 2007 election: he intended to run for a Senate seat but was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and died during the election campaign.
A redistribution in 2006 moved the boundaries west to take in Cowra, Grenfell and the vast north-west of New South Wales from Brewarrina to Menindee, making Calare New South Wales's largest electorate. Lithgow, Bathurst and Oberon were transferred to the neighbouring seat of Macquarie. At the 2007 election, Calare was won by National Party representative John Cobb on a margin of 12.1 percent. Cobb had previously represented the Division of Parkes, parts of which were redistributed into Calare in 2006.
The 2009 redistribution of NSW moved the boundaries back east, to again include Lithgow, Bathurst and Oberon. Most of the northwestern area of the division was transferred to the neighbouring division of Parkes. The changes took effect at the 2010 election.
Member Party Term Thomas Brown Labor 1906–1913 Henry Pigott Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1916 Nationalist 1916–1919 Thomas Lavelle Labor 1919–1922 Neville Howse Nationalist 1922–1929 George Gibbons Labor 1929–1931 Harold Thorby Country 1931–1940 John Breen Labor 1940–1946 John Howse Liberal 1946–1960 John England Country 1960–1975 Sandy Mackenzie National Country 1975–1982 National 1982–1983 David Simmons Labor 1983–1996 Peter Andren Independent 1996–2007 John Cobb National 2007–present
Australian federal election, 2010: Calare Party Candidate Votes % ±% National John Cobb 46,775 52.41 +25.91 Labor Kevin Duffy 25,926 29.05 -4.42 Greens Jeremy Buckingham 5,354 6.00 +1.82 Independent Paul Blanch 4,137 4.64 +4.64 Independent Karen Romano 3,276 3.67 +3.67 Christian Democrats Jessyka Norsworthy 1,957 2.19 +1.65 Independent Macgregor Ross 1,817 2.04 +2.04 Total formal votes 89,242 95.07 -1.31 Informal votes 4,631 4.93 +1.31 Turnout 93,873 95.30 -1.12 Two-candidate preferred result National John Cobb 54,209 60.74 +7.28 Labor Kevin Duffy 35,033 39.26 -7.28 National hold Swing +7.28
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