Division of Calare

The Division of Calare is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

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 Lachlan River, the Aboriginal name of which is the division's namesake

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.[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.

The division currently 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.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Thomas Brown
Labor 12 December 1906
31 May 1913
Previously held the Division of Canobolas. Lost seat. Later elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Lachlan in 1913
    Henry Pigott
Commonwealth Liberal 31 May 1913
17 February 1917
Lost seat
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
13 December 1919
    Thomas Lavelle
Labor 13 December 1919
16 December 1922
Lost seat
    Sir Neville Howse
Nationalist 16 December 1922
12 October 1929
Served as minister under Bruce. Lost seat. Son was John Howse
    George Gibbons
Labor 12 October 1929
19 December 1931
Lost seat
    Harold Thorby
Country 19 December 1931
21 September 1940
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Castlereagh. Served as minister under Lyons, Page and Menzies. Lost seat
    John Breen
Labor 21 September 1940
28 September 1946
Lost seat
    John Howse
Liberal 28 September 1946
28 September 1960
Resigned in order to retire from politics. Father was Sir Neville Howse
    John England
Country 5 November 1960
2 May 1975
  National Country 2 May 1975 –
11 November 1975
    Sandy Mackenzie
National Country 13 December 1975
16 October 1982
Lost seat
  Nationals 16 October 1982 –
5 March 1983
    David Simmons
Labor 5 March 1983
29 January 1996
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
    Peter Andren
Independent 2 March 1996
17 October 2007
    John Cobb
Nationals 24 November 2007
9 May 2016
Previously held the Division of Parkes. Retired
    Andrew Gee
Nationals 2 July 2016
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Orange. Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Calare[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Andrew Gee 46,632 44.71 −2.87
Labor Jess Jennings 23,074 22.13 −4.93
Shooters, Fishers, Farmers Sam Romano 18,129 17.38 +17.38
Greens Stephanie Luke 6,315 6.06 −1.16
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
Informal votes 6,251 5.66 +0.47
Turnout 110,539 93.60 −0.04
Two-party-preferred result
National Andrew Gee 66,006 63.29 +1.48
Labor Jess Jennings 38,282 36.71 −1.48
National hold Swing +1.48


  1. ^ "Andren dies after four-month illness". ABC News. Australia. 2 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Calare, NSW". Election 2007. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007.
  3. ^ http://aec.gov.au/Electorates/Redistributions/2009/nsw/announcement-maps/Calare-Parkes.jpg
  4. ^ Calare, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 33°18′22″S 148°55′19″E / 33.306°S 148.922°E / -33.306; 148.922