LIB 10.9% vs IND
Sussan Ley, since 2001.
Farrer covers a great expanse of southwestern NSW. The seat covers most of the NSW-Victorian border, stretching from the Greater Hume area around Albury all the way along the Murray River, and further north to cover areas along the Murrumbidgee River. Main towns include Albury, Griffith, Leeton, Deniliquin and Corowa.
Farrer was created at the 1949 election as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives. In its time it has always been held by conservative parties, primarily the Liberal Party, although it was held by the Nationals from 1984 until 2001.
The seat was first won in 1949 by Liberal candidate David Fairbairn. He was included in the Menzies ministry from 1962 until 1969, when he challenged John Gorton for the leadership and moved to the backbench. He returned to cabinet for one year in 1971 after William McMahon became Prime Minister, and retired from Parliament in 1975.
He was succeeded by Wal Fife, who had been a minister in the Liberal state government of New South Wales since 1967. Fife went on to serve as a minister in the Fraser government from 1977 until its defeat in 1983. He moved to the seat of Hume following the 1984 redistribution, which had moved Wagga Wagga from Farrer into Hume, and he retired in 1993.
The seat was won in a three-cornered contest in 1984 by Nationals state MP Tim Fischer, with the Liberal coming third. Fischer became leader of the National Party in 1990 after then-leader Charles Blunt lost his seat.
Fischer went on to serve as Deputy Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999, retiring at the 2001 election. Another three-cornered contest in 2001 saw the Liberal Party’s Sussan Ley win the seat back from the Nationals.
Sussan Ley has been re-elected six times. She served as Minister for Health from 2014 until 2017, and has served as Minister for the Environment since 2019.
Farrer is not a competitive seat if the contest is between Liberal and Labor. Independent candidate Kevin Mack demonstrated potential for an independent to make the top two and perform significantly better on the two-candidate-preferred vote than Labor would, but Mack or another independent would need to significantly improve their performance, including by taking away primary votes from Ley, to have a chance at winning.
|Michael Rose||United Australia Party||4,147||4.3||+4.3|
|Ross Hamilton||Sustainable Australia||1,429||1.5||+1.5|
|Philip Langfield||Christian Democratic Party||1,327||1.4||-2.2|
|Mark Ellis||Liberal Democrats||1,084||1.1||+1.1|
2019 two-candidate-preferred result
2019 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into seven parts. Polling places in the towns of Albury, Griffith and Deniliquin have been grouped together, and the remainder of the seat’s population has been split into north-east, north-west, south-east and south-west.
The Liberal Party won the two-candidate-preferred vote in six out of seven areas, with a vote ranging from 53.9% in the south-west to 69% in the north-west. The independent, Kevin Mack, polled 56.1% in Deniliquin, which is the least populous of the seven areas.
The primary vote for the independents ranged from 13.3% in the north-east to 42.7% in Deniliquin. Labor came third, with a primary vote ranging from 11.1% in Deniliquin and the south-west to 18.8% in the north-east.
|Voter group||ALP prim||IND prim||LIB 2CP %||Total votes||% of votes|