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The Division of Riverina is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in South-West rural New South Wales, generally following the Murrumbidgee River valley. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election, although it was abolished between 1984 and 1993, so has not been contested at every federal election. The division was named after the Riverina region in which it is located, though its modern borders do not correspond exactly with the Riverina region. The division covers a primarily agricultural, rural area with many small towns.

Riverina
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of RIVERINA 2016.png
Division of Riverina in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Dates current1901–1984, 1993–present
MPMichael McCormack
PartyNational Party
NamesakeRiverina (region in NSW, does not directly correspond with the division's borders)
Electors114,109 (2019)
Area48,988 km2 (18,914.4 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The division includes the city of Wagga Wagga as well as the towns of Cowra, Forbes, Junee, Cootamundra, Temora, West Wyalong, Young, Tumut and Gundagai. The Sturt Highway runs along the length of the division, and it contains a large section of the Newell Highway.

The Division of Riverina also contains the major town of Parkes which has the same name as the bordering Division of Parkes.

The current Member for Riverina, since the 2010 federal election, is Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the National Party of Australia.

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HistoryEdit

In the 1984 redistribution, the division was abolished and replaced by Riverina-Darling, but in the 1993 redistribution it was re-created.

Since its re-creation in 1993, it has been a safe National seat. Its first incarnation tilted toward the Nationals' predecessor, the Country Party, for much of its history, but was occasionally taken by Labor during high-tide elections. It was fairly marginal for most of the 1970s and early 1980s, when it included the strongly pro-Labor mining towns of Broken Hill and Cobar which have now been transferred to Farrer and Parkes.

The seat has previously been held by Al Grassby, Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam Government.

MembersEdit

First incarnation (1901–1984)
Member Party Term
  John Chanter Protectionist 1901–1903
  Robert Blackwood Free Trade 1903–1904
  John Chanter Protectionist 1904–1909
  Labor 1909–1913
  Franc Falkiner Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  John Chanter Labor 1914–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  William Killen Country 1922–1931
  Horace Nock Country 1931–1940
  Joe Langtry Labor 1940–1949
  Hugh Roberton Country 1949–1965
  Bill Armstrong Country 1965–1969
  Al Grassby Labor 1969–1974
  John Sullivan Country 1974–1975
  National Country 1975–1977
  John FitzPatrick Labor 1977–1980
  Noel Hicks National Country 1980–1982
  National 1982–1984
Second incarnation (1993–present)
Member Party Term
  Noel Hicks National 1993–1998
  Kay Hull National 1998–2010
  Michael McCormack National 2010–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Riverina[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Michael McCormack 60,493 59.93 +2.73
Labor Mark Jeffreson 23,380 23.16 −2.36
United Australia Richard Foley 10,814 10.71 +10.71
Greens Michael Bayles 6,254 6.20 +1.71
Total formal votes 100,941 94.84 −0.55
Informal votes 5,489 5.16 +0.55
Turnout 106,430 93.39 −0.02
Two-party-preferred result
National Michael McCormack 70,136 69.48 +3.04
Labor Mark Jeffreson 30,805 30.52 −3.04
National hold Swing +3.04

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Riverina, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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