Gerard Martin, since 1999.
Central West NSW. Bathurst covers the major centres of Bathurst and Lithgow, and all or part of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Lithgow, Mid-Western and Oberon local government areas.
Bathurst has existed as an electoral district since 1859. It existed as a single-member district for all but three elections in the 1920s, when it expanded to be a multi-member district elected by proportional representation.
The seat was a marginal seat between the Labor Party and the Country Party in the middle part of the 20th century, but since 1981 it has been dominated by the ALP, who have won it at all elections except for 1988, when it was won by the Liberal Party.
When Bathurst was restored as a single-member district in 1927, it was won by the ALP’s Gus Kelly, who had first won one of Bathurst’s seats in 1925. Kelly held the seat until 1932, when he lost to the Country Party’s Gordon Wilkins. At the next election in 1935, Kelly won the seat back. Kelly served as a minister for the entire length of the Labor state government from 1941 to 1965, and held Bathurst until his death in 1967.
The 1967 by-election was won by the Country Party’s Clive Osborne, who won a three-cornered contest on Liberal preferences. Osborne held the seat throughout the 1970s.
The redistribution before the 1981 election saw the strong Labor town of Lithgow moved from Blue Mountains to Bathurst. The sitting Labor Member for Blue Mountains, Mick Clough, moved with the town of Lithgow, and defeated Osborne’s re-election bid in 1981. Clough had held Blue Mountains since 1978.
Clough held Bathurst until 1988, when he lost to the Liberal Party’s David Berry. Clough won the seat back in 1991, and held it until his retirement in 1999.
Bathurst was won in 1999 by former Lithgow mayor Gerard Martin, running for the ALP. He won re-election in 2003 and 2007.
Bathurst is a strong seat for the ALP, and the 13% margin could be enough for the ALP to retain the seat. The area has shown a tendency to fall to the Coalition in landslide elections.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Bathurst have been divided into four areas. Booths in the two main centres of Bathurst and Lithgow have been grouped. The rural parts of the seat have been divided between those south of Bathurst and Lithgow and those north.
The ALP’s margin varied from 71% in Lithgow, 67% in the north, 63% in Bathurst, and less than 53% in the south. Independent candidate Ray Thompson, a Lithgow councillor, polled over 21% in Lithgow, more than double his vote in any other area.
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