Thomas George, since 1999.
Northern NSW. The seat of Lismore covers the entirety of Lismore, Kyogle and Tenterfield council areas, and western parts of the Tweed council area. The seat covers the towns of Lismore, Murwillumbah and Kyogle, and stretches as far west as Mingoola.
Lismore underwent a number of changes. The electorate previously covered the western fringe of Byron shire, which was transferred to the seat of Ballina. The seat also covered parts of the Richmond Valley council area north of Casino, and these areas were transferred to Clarence, in exchange for a small part of Lismore council area contained in Clarence, effectively aligning the Lismore-Clarence boundary with the council boundary. Further west, Lismore gained the remainder of Tenterfield council area from Northern Tablelands. These changes had no impact on the electorate’s margin.
The seat of Lismore was first created in 1894, and has existed for most of that period, and continuously since 1927. It has been dominated by the Country/National Party since 1927.
The seat first existed from 1894 to 1904, when it was abolished. It was restored in 1913, but in 1920 it was merged with the neighbouring seat of Byron. Byron became a three-member district covering the former districts of Byron, Clarence and Lismore.
In 1927, Lismore was restored, and was won by Country Party candidate William Missingham, who had held one of the seats in Byron since 1922. Missingham held the seat until his death in 1933.
At the 1933 Lismore by-election, the seat was won by William Frith, one of three Country Party candidates standing. Firth held the seat until the 1953 election. As he had turned 70 prior to that election, Country Party rules allowed multiple candidates to stand, and Frith was defeated by fellow Country Party candidate Jack Easter.
Easter retained his seat with ease in 1956. At the 1959 election, he was challenged by independent candidate Clyde Campbell, and held onto the seat by only two votes. A court decision saw a Lismore by-election called for later in 1959.
At the by-election, Campbell and Easter were both endorsed by the Country Party. The ALP ran Keith Compton, who won 47% of the primary vote. Despite the two Country Party candidates polling a majority of the vote, enough of Campbell’s preferences leaked to Compton to give him the seat.
Compton retained the seat in 1962, and lost in 1965 to Country Party candidate Bruce Duncan.
Duncan held the seat throughout the 1970s as the party became the National Country Party. In 1982, the party changed its name to the National Party. Duncan objected to the name change, and resigned from the party. While he sat as an independent, he was not opposed by the National Party in 1984, when he was re-elected as an independent. He retired at the 1988 election.
Bill Rixon won Lismore for the National Party in 1988. He held it comfortably over the next decade, and retired in 1999. He was succeeded in Lismore by fellow National Thomas George. George was re-elected in Lismore at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections.
- Adam Guise (Greens)
- Alan Jones (No Land Tax)
- Thomas George (Nationals)
- Isaac Smith (Labor)
- Gianpiero Battista (Christian Democratic Party)
- Cherie Imlah (Animal Justice Party)
Despite a sizeable margin and a long history of Lismore being won by the Nationals, both Labor and the Greens believe they have a chance of making significant inroads into the Nationals vote. Regardless of this optimism, the most likely outcome is still a Nationals win.
2011 election result
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2011 two-candidate-preferred result
2011 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Lismore have been split into five areas. Polling places in the Kyogle, Tenterfield and Tweed council areas have been grouped together. Polling places in the Lismore council area have been split in two parts: Lismore North and Lismore South. Lismore South covers the town of Lismore itself.
The Nationals primary vote ranged from 42.5% in Tenterfield to 66% in Lismore South. The low Nationals vote in Tenterfield is not due to a high Labor or Greens vote – the area is lowest for all three parties. It reflects the very high vote for independent MP Richard Torbay in Northern Tablelands in 2011, and the fact that a majority of this area has been redistributed into the electorate since 2011.
Excluding Tenterfield, the Greens vote ranged from 15.7% in Lismore South to 36% in Lismore North. The Labor vote ranged from 11.7% in Lismore North to 16% in Tweed.
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