Mike Kelly, since 2007.
South-Eastern NSW. Eden-Monaro covers parts of New South Wales including the south coast, areas near the ACT and the Snowy Mountains. Major centres include Bega, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Queanbeyan and Cooma.
Eden-Monaro is an original federation seat, and because of its position in the corner of the state, it has always covered mostly the same area. The seat was a safe conservative seat for the first few decades, but it has been a marginal seat since the Second World War, and has been considered a ‘bellwether seat’ since 1972, having always been won by the party of government for the last four decades.
The seat was first won by Austin Chapman of the Protectionist Party in 1901. Chapman held the seat until 1926, during which time he served as a Minister in Alfred Deakin’s governments. He later returned to the ministry under Stanley Bruce from 1923 to 1924. Chapman died in 1926, and John Perkins won the seat in a by-election.
Perkins was defeated by John Cusack (ALP) in 1929, but won it back for the United Australia Party in 1931. Perkins served in a number of ministerial roles under Joe Lyons, and was defeated in 1943 by Allan Fraser of the ALP.
Fraser served in the seat for over twenty years, including a period as a senior Labor member in opposition. Fraser was defeated by Dugald Munro in the 1966 landslide but regained the seat in 1969. He retired from Eden-Monaro in 1972.
Bob Whan (ALP) held the seat from 1972 to 1975, which was the beginning of Eden-Monaro’s period as a bellwether seat. Whan was defeated in 1975 by Murray Sainsbury (LIB). Jim Snow (ALP) defeated Sainsbury in 1983, and he was defeated by Gary Nairn (LIB) in 1996.
Nairn became a Parliamentary Secretary in the final term of the Howard government and then served as Special Minister of State. Despite the seat being held by a government MP for so long, Nairn was the first member for Eden-Monaro to be a minister since John Perkins in the 1930s.
Nairn was defeated in 2007 by Mike Kelly (ALP), a former senior lawyer with the Australian Army.
- Peter Hendy (Liberal)
- Martin Tye (Stable Population Party)
- Mike Kelly (Labor)
- Dean Lynch (Palmer United Party)
- Catherine Moore (Greens)
- Costas Goumas (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Andrew Thaler (Independent)
- Warren Catton (Christian Democratic Party)
Eden-Monaro is a marginal seat with a history of switching at a time of change of government. If there is a significant swing to the Liberal Party it will be difficult for Kelly to hold on.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas. Four of these areas follow local government boundaries: Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Palerang, Queanbeyan. The fifth area of “Monaro” covers Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River and Bombala councils.
Most of the population is divided reasonably evenly between Queanbeyan, Bega Valley and Eurobodalla.
The ALP won a two-party majority in four of five areas, ranging from 61% in Queanbeyan to 52.9% in Bega Valley. The Liberal Party won 52.8% in Monaro.
The Greens vote varied from 15.3% in Palerang to 7.1% in Monaro.
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