Electoral district of Port Macquarie
New South Wales—Legislative Assembly
Location in New South Wales
|State||New South Wales|
|Area||1,459.69 km2 (563.6 sq mi)|
It presently includes parts of coastal Port Macquarie-Hastings City Council (including Port Macquarie, Dunbogan, Bonny Hills, Kendall, Kew, Laurieton, North Haven and West Haven) and the northeast of the City of Greater Taree (including Coopernook, Lansdowne, Moorland, Hannam Vale, Johns River and Stewarts River). The district also includes Lord Howe Island.
Port Macquarie was created in 1988, replacing Oxley (which was recreated in 1991). It has historically been a comfortably safe seat for the National Party. Dating to its time as Oxley, the Port Macquarie area had been held by a conservative party since the return to single-member seats in 1927, and had been in National hands for all but six years since 1945.
This tradition was broken in 2002, when three-term National member and shadow minister Rob Oakeshott resigned from the party to become an independent. He was handily reelected as an independent in 2003 and 2007. In 2003, he was returned with 82 percent of the two-party vote, making Port Macquarie the safest seat in the legislature.
However, Besseling was swept out by the Nationals' Leslie Williams at the 2011 state election amid the massive National wave that swept through rural NSW that year. This was due in part to voter anger at Oakeshott's support for the minority federal Labor government. Despite Oakeshott's personal popularity, the Port Macquarie area was still National heartland. "Traditional" two-party matchups between the Nationals and Labor during Oakeshott and Besseling's tenures had always shown Port Macquarie as a comfortably safe National seat.
Proving this, Williams easily retained Port Macquarie in 2015. Despite suffering a 9.8 percent swing against Labor, she still sits on a majority of 19 percent, making Port Macquarie the sixth-safest National seat and the 17th-safest Coalition seat.
Members for Port MacquarieEdit
|Bruce Jeffery ||National||1988–1991|
|Wendy Machin ||National||1991–1996|
|Rob Oakeshott ||National||1996–2002|
|Peter Besseling ||Independent||2008–2011|
|Leslie Williams ||National||2011–present|
|Sustainable Australia||Jan Burgess||2,858||5.42||+5.42|
|Total formal votes||52,735||96.40||−0.79|
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- "Mr Bruce Leslie Jeffery (1944- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
- "Ms Wendy Susan Machin (1958- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
- "Mr Robert James Murray Oakeshott (1969- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
- "Mr Peter Edward Besseling". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- "The Hon. Leslie Gladys Willimas MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
- "Port Macquarie: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
- "Port Macquarie: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.