Electoral district of Bega

Bega is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Andrew Constance of the Liberal Party.

Bega
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Bega.png
Location in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
Dates current1894–1920
1988–present
MPAndrew Constance
PartyLiberal Party
Electors58,131 (2019)
Area9,785.02 km2 (3,778.0 sq mi)

Bega is a regional electorate in the southeastern corner of the state. It encompasses the entirety of Bega Valley Shire and Eurobodalla Shire. Its population centres include Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Eden, Bemboka, Eurobodalla Shire, Moruya, Batemans Bay and Narooma.[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1894, single-member electorates were introduced statewide and the two-member electorate of Eden was split into Bega and Eden-Bombala. In 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation, it was absorbed into Goulburn, along with Monaro. It was recreated in 1988. Bega has historically tended to be a safe conservative seat, although demographic change has led to the seat becoming increasingly marginal for the Liberal Party for much of the early portion of the 21st century. The margin blew out in the Liberals' 2011 landslide, along with many other Liberal-held country seats. While the Liberals suffered a 10-point swing in 2015, they still hold the seat on a margin of 8.2 percent—on the stronger side of fairly safe.

Members for BegaEdit

First incarnation (1894–1920)Edit

Member Party Period
  Thomas Rawlinson[2] Independent Protectionist 1894–1895
  Henry Clarke[3] Independent Protectionist 1895–1898
  Protectionist 1898–1901
  Progressive 1901–1904
  William Wood[4] Liberal Reform 1904–1913
  William Millard[5] Liberal Reform 1913–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1920

Second incarnation (1988—present)Edit

Member Party Period
  Russell Smith[6] Liberal 1988–2003
  Andrew Constance[7] Liberal 2003–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 New South Wales state election: Bega[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Andrew Constance 24,796 48.91 −4.33
Labor Leanne Atkinson 15,508 30.59 −2.25
Greens William Douglas 4,945 9.75 −0.35
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Eric Thomas 3,275 6.46 +6.46
Animal Justice Coral Anderson 1,371 2.70 +2.70
Conservatives Joshua Shoobridge 806 1.59 +1.59
Total formal votes 50,701 97.18 +0.09
Informal votes 1,472 2.82 −0.09
Turnout 52,173 89.75 −0.32
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Andrew Constance 26,210 56.93 −1.26
Labor Leanne Atkinson 19,830 43.07 +1.26
Liberal hold Swing −1.26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bega". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Mr Thomas Rawlinson (1847-1928)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr Henry Clarke (1822-1907)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hon. William Herbert Wood (1869-1953)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr William Millard (1844–1921)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Russell Harold Lester Smith (1946- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ "The Hon. Andrew James Constance MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Bega: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Bega: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.