Division of Calare
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Lachlan River (Aboriginal name)|
|Area||32,666 km2 (12,612.4 sq mi)|
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.
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, 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. 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.
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||Sam Romano||18,129||17.38||+17.38|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Bisgrove||4,775||4.58||−1.96|
|United Australia||Beverley Cameron||3,371||3.23||+3.23|
|Christian Democrats||Shuyi Chen||1,992||1.91||−0.47|
|Total formal votes||104,288||94.35||−0.47|
- "Andren dies after four-month illness". ABC News. Australia. 2 November 2007.
- "Calare, NSW". Election 2007. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007.
- Calare, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.