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The Division of Calare is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was first contested at the 1906 election; 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 Aboriginal name is pronounced Kal-ah-ree, but the pronunciation Kul-air is established for the division.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Calare in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPAndrew Gee
NamesakeLachlan River (Aboriginal name)
Electors118,229 (2019)
Area32,666 km2 (12,612.4 sq mi)

The division stretches from Mudgee, Gulgong, Dubbo, Wellington in the north-west, to Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow and Oberon in the south-east.

The current Member for Calare, since the 2016 federal election, is Andrew Gee, a member of the National Party.



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.[1]

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, which tend to favour Labor, were transferred to the neighbouring seat of Macquarie. At the 2007 federal election, Calare was won by the Nationals' representative John Cobb on a margin of 12.1 percent.[2] 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.[3] The changes took effect at the 2010 election.


Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Calare[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Andrew Gee 44,877 45.47 −2.11
Labor Jess Jennings 21,743 22.03 −5.03
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Sam Romano 17,246 17.47 +17.47
Greens Stephanie Luke 5,695 5.77 −1.45
Liberal Democrats Stephen Bisgrove 4,240 4.30 −2.24
United Australia Beverley Cameron 3,163 3.20 +3.20
Christian Democrats Shuyi Chen 1,733 1.76 −0.62
Total formal votes 98,697 94.43 −0.38
Informal votes 5,825 5.57 +0.38
Turnout 104,522 88.41 −5.23
Two-party-preferred result
National Andrew Gee 28,025 62.43 +0.62
Labor Jess Jennings 16,865 37.57 −0.62

Results are not final. Last updated 5:30pm AEST on 25 May 2019.


  1. ^ "Andren dies after four-month illness". ABC News. Australia. 2 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Calare, NSW". Election 2007. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007.
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  4. ^ Calare, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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