Division of Riverina
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.
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Dates current||1901–1984, 1993–present|
|Namesake||Riverina (region in NSW, does not directly correspond with the division's borders)|
|Area||48,988 km2 (18,914.4 sq mi)|
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.
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.
|First incarnation (1901–1984)|
|Robert Blackwood||Free Trade||1903–1904|
|Franc Falkiner||Commonwealth Liberal||1913–1914|
|Noel Hicks||National Country||1980–1982|
|Second incarnation (1993–present)|
|United Australia||Richard Foley||10,814||10.71||+10.71|
|Total formal votes||100,941||94.84||−0.55|