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

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Northern New South Wales: Armidale, Glen Innes, Scone, Tamworth, Tenterfield
State seats: Parts of Lismore, Northern Tablelands, Tamworth and Upper Hunter
Local government areas: All of Armidale-Dumaresque, Glen Innes-Severn, Guyra, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter, Uralla and Walcha, parts of Gwydir
1999 republic referendum: No 67.4
2018 same-sex marriage survey: Yes 52.5

Sitting member: Hon Barnaby Joyce (Nationals): Senator 2005-13. Elected 2013, 2016. Resigned 2017. Elected 2017 by-election

2007 Independent majority over Nationals: 24.3%
2010 Independent majority over Nationals: 21.5%
2013 Nationals majority over Independent: 14.5%
2016 Nationals majority over independent: 8.5%
2017 by-election Nationals majority over Labor: 26.4%

Status: Marginal Nationals over Independent
Status: Very safe Nationals over Labor

  • 2016 results
  • 2017 by-election results
  • Statistics and history

  • Candidates:

    Hon Barnaby Joyce
    The Nationals
    Yvonne Langenberg
    Australian Labor Party



    Candidate websites:

    Hon Barnaby Joyce

    Division of New England

    New England has existed since Federation, and has changed very little in its boundaries or in its social and economic character since. It has always occupied the New England plateau, based on Armidale and Tamworth, and since New England is a major woolgrowing region it has always been a highly agricultural seat. It has the relatively low level of median family income and the very low proportion of people in non English speaking households typical of rural seats, although its proportion of people in professional and managerial occupations is higher than in most rural seats, possibly because of the presence of the University of New England and various regional government offices in Armidale.

    New England has nearly always been a strongly conservative seat, and has elected a Labor member only twice, in 1906 and 1910. The farmers and woolgrowers of New England were among the earliest supporters of the Country Party, and the party and its successors the Nationals held the seat continuously from 1919 to 2001. From 1963 to 1998 it was held by Ian Sinclair, who was Nationals Leader from 1984 to 1989. The loss of the seat in 2001 to an independent, Tony Windsor, was therefore a great shock to the Nationals.

    Tony Windsor was the independent state MP for Tamworth from 1991 and easily defeated the sitting National member for New England when he decided to switch to federal politics. He was re-elected without difficulty until 2013, when he retired and the seat was reclaimed by Barnaby Joyce for the Nationals.

    Barnaby Joyce, Nationals MP for New England since 2013, was a Senator for Queensland from 2005 to 2013, before changing both House and state at the 2013 election - the first member of the federal Parliament to do both. The move was not as strange as it seemed. Joyce was born in Tamworth and went to university at UNE, so he could claim local roots. He became Minister for Agriculture in 2013 and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in 2015. In February 2016 he succeeded Warren Truss as Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister. At the 2016 election Windsor again contested the seat, but Joyce was re-elected without difficulty. He then became Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

    In October 2017 the High Court ruled that Joyce's election in 2016 had been invalid because he was a New Zealand citizen by virtue of his father's birth in New Zealand. Joyce resigned his portfolios and successfully contested the December 2017 by-election. He returned to office, but was soon embroiled in scandal when it was revealed that he had separated from his wife after fathering a child with a member of his staff. In February 2018 he resigned all his positions. Since then he has made increasingly bizarre public comments, including attacks on Prime Minister Turnbull. There is now pressure on Joyce not to stand for New England again in 2019. Labor's candidate in 2019 will be Yvonne Langenberg, a nurse.

    Demographics:

    Median weekly household income: $1,089 (Australia $1,438)
    People over 65: 20.0% (Australia 15.8%)
    Indigenous: 8.4% (Australia 2.8%)
    Australian born: 82.9% (Australia 66.7%)
    Non-English-speaking households: 4.7% (Australia 22.2%)
    Catholics 22.6% (Australia 22.6%)
    No religion 20.9% (Australia 29.6%)
    University graduates: 13.5% (Australia 22.0%)
    Professional and managerial employment: 32.9% (Australia 35.2%)
    Employed in manufacturing and construction: 20.3% (Australia 22.9%)
    Employed in agriculture: 17.2% (Australia 3.3%)
    Paying a mortgage: 28.6% (Australia 34.5%)
    Renting: 30.2% (Australia 30.9%)
    Traditional families: 26.0% (Australia 32.8%)

    Members:

    William Sawers (Prot) 1901-03
    Edmund Lonsdale (FT, AS) 1903-06
    Francis Foster (Lab, ALP) 1906-13
    Percy Abbott (Lib, Nat) 1913-19
    Alexander Hay (F&S, CP, Ind) 1919-22
    Victor Thompson (CP) 1922-40
    Hon Joseph Abbott (CP) 1940-49
    Hon David Drummond (CP) 1949-63
    Rt Hon Ian Sinclair (CP, NCP, NPA) 1963-98
    Stuart St Clair (NPA) 1998-2001
    Tony Windsor (Ind) 2001-13
    Hon Barnaby Joyce (Nat) 2013-17, 2017b-

    Boundaries following 2018 redistribution:




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