Brindabella electorate

The Brindabella electorate is one of the five electorates for the unicameral 25-member Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. It elects five members, and is the largest of the electorates in geographic area.

Brindabella
Australian Capital TerritoryLegislative Assembly
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TerritoryAustralian Capital Territory
Created1995
Electors61,713 (2020)
Area1,597 km2 (616.6 sq mi)
Coordinates35°35′6″S 148°57′25″E / 35.58500°S 148.95694°E / -35.58500; 148.95694Coordinates: 35°35′6″S 148°57′25″E / 35.58500°S 148.95694°E / -35.58500; 148.95694

HistoryEdit

It was created in 1995, when the three-electorate, Hare-Clark electoral system was first introduced for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Prior to 1995, a multi-member single constituency existed for the whole of the ACT. "Brindabella" is derived from an indigenous word meaning "two kangaroo rats" and refers to the mountain range to the south and west of the ACT.[1]

LocationEdit

The Brindabella electorate consists of the large part of the ACT south of the Murrumbidgee River, although this region is sparsely inhabited.

From 1995 to 2008 it contained the Canberra district of Tuggeranong, excluding Hume, and the Woden Valley suburbs of Chifley, Pearce and Torrens.[2][3]

In 2008, a boundary re-distribution by the Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commission, resulted in the electorate covering the Woden Valley suburb of Farrer.[1]

In the 2016 redistribution, the Woden Valley suburbs, the village of Uriarra, and the suburb of Kambah were transferred into the Murrumbidgee electorate. At the 2019 redistribution, the western side of Kambah was transferred back into Brindabella.[4]

MembersEdit

Year Member Party Member Party Member Party Member Party Member Party
1995   Bill Wood Labor   Andrew Whitecross Labor   Paul Osborne Independent   Trevor Kaine Liberal   Tony De Domenico Liberal
19971   Louise Littlewood Liberal
1998   John Hargreaves Labor   Brendan Smyth Liberal
19982   United Canberra
2001   Karin MacDonald Labor   Steve Pratt Liberal
2004   Mick Gentleman Labor
2008   Joy Burch Labor   Amanda Bresnan Greens   Steve Doszpot Liberal
2012   Mick Gentleman Labor   Andrew Wall Liberal   Zed Seselja Liberal
20133   Nicole Lawder Liberal
20164   Val Jeffery Liberal
2016   Mark Parton Liberal
2020   Johnathan Davis Greens
1 Tony De Domenico (Liberal) resigned on 30 January 1997. Louise Littlewood (Liberal) was elected as his replacement on a countback and was sworn in on 18 February 1997.[5]
2 Trevor Kaine was elected on the Liberal ticket. From 1989 to 13 May 1998, Kaine sat as a Liberal. In late May, Kaine announced he would sit as a Canberra Liberal, and on 30 July 1998, Kaine announced that he had registered the United Canberra Party and sat in the Assembly as its sole representative.[5]
3 Zed Seselja (Liberal) resigned on 11 June 2013. Nicole Lawder (Liberal) was elected as his replacement on a countback on 28 June 2013.
4 Brendan Smyth (Liberal) resigned on 15 July 2016. Val Jeffery (Liberal) was elected as his replacement on a countback on 28 July 2016.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Electorates 2008 election". ACT Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Electorates 1995 and 1998 elections". ACT Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Electorates 2001 and 2004 elections". ACT Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Electoral Boundaries Redistribution 2019" (PDF). Augmented ACT Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly" (PDF). ACT Legislative Assembly. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2010.

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