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Australian federal election, 2019
Division of Farrer, New South Wales

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Southern New South Wales: Albury, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Wentworth
State seats: All of Murray, parts of Albury and Cootamundra
Local government areas: All of Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay, Jerilderie, Leeton, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narranderra, Urana, Wakool and Wentworth
Enrolment at close of rolls: 115,659
1999 republic referendum: No 66.1
2018 same-sex marriage survey: Yes 55.2

Sitting member: Hon Sussan Ley (Liberal): Elected 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

2007 Liberal majority over Labor: 11.2%
2010 Liberal majority over Labor: 14.5%
2013 Liberal majority over Labor: 17.4%
2016 Liberal majority over Labor: 20.5%

Status: Very safe Liberal

  • 2016 results
  • Statistics and history

  • Candidates in ballot-paper order:

    1. Hon Sussan Ley
    Liberal Party
    2. Ross Hamilton
    Sustainable Australia
    3. Kieran Drabsch
    Australian Labor Party
    4. Kevin Mack
    5. Philip Langfield
    Christian Democratic Party
    6. Mark Ellis
    Liberal Democrats
    7. Brian Mills
    8. Mike Rose
    United Australia Party
    9. Dean Moss
    Australian Greens

    Candidate websites:

    Kiernan Drabsch
    Kevin Mack
    Dean Moss
    Hon Sussan Ley

    Division of Farrer

    Farrer was created in 1949, as a rural seat in southern NSW based on Albury and Wagga Wagga, both Liberal strongholds - the Liberal Party was founded in Albury in 1944. In 1984 it was extended westwards along the Murray to the South Australian border, and Wagga Wagga was removed, and on these boundaries it was won by the National Party, although the Liberals reclaimed it in 2001. The 2006 redistribution changed the seat again, extending it northwards to the Queensland border, and including the mining centre of Broken Hill, a Labor bastion for more than a century. The inclusion of Broken Hill reduced the Liberal majority in Farrer considerably, but not enough to put the seat at risk.

    The 2016 redistribution again changed the seat, removing Broken Hill and extending it north-eastwards to take in Griffith and Narrandera, so that it now has more of the Riverina in it than the seat of Riverina does. The effect has been to increase the Liberal majority.

    Farrer has the usual character of an overwhelmingly rural seat: lower-than-average household income, a low level of graduates and people in professional and managerial positions, and a very low level of non English speaking households. It has one of the highest levels of people working in agriculture of any seat.

    Members for Farrer have included Liberal ministers Sir David Fairbairn and Wallace Fife, and National Party Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer. Every member for Farrer has been a Cabinet minister.

    Sussan Ley (pronounced Lee), Liberal MP for Farrer since 2001, was an air traffic controller, commercial pilot and a wool and beef farmer before her election. She was a parliamentary secretary in the last term of Howard Government, and again in the Abbott Government, and was Minister for Health, for Sport and for Aged Care until January 2017, when she resigned after allegations that she had abused her travel entitlements. In August 2018 she was brought back into the ministry as Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories.

    Labor's candidate in 2019 will be Kieran Drabsch, a Griffith teacher. The Greens candidate, Dean Moss, is also a teacher. Neither of these is a threat to Ley's position. But a serious challenge is being mounted by an independent, Kevin Mack, the Mayor of Albury.


    Median weekly household income: $1,149 (Australia $1,438)
    People over 65: 20.2% (Australia 15.8%)
    Indigenous: 4.2% (Australia 2.8%)
    Australian born: 80.4% (Australia 66.7%)
    Non-English-speaking households: 8.6% (Australia 22.2%)
    Catholics 28.3% (Australia 22.6%)
    No religion 23.0% (Australia 29.6%)
    University graduates: 11.6% (Australia 22.0%)
    Professional and managerial employment: 31.8% (Australia 35.2%)
    Employed in manufacturing and construction: 27.4% (Australia 22.9%)
    Employed in agriculture: 17.8% (Australia 3.3%)
    Paying a mortgage: 30.0% (Australia 34.5%)
    Renting: 29.0% (Australia 30.9%)
    Traditional families: 27.5% (Australia 32.8%)


    Hon Sir David Fairbairn (Lib) 1949-75
    Hon Wallace Fife (Lib) 1975-84
    Hon Tim Fischer (NPA) 1984-2001
    Hon Sussan Ley (Lib) 2001-

    Boundaries following 2016 redistribution:

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