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 previously covered Tumut and Tumbarumba local government areas, to the west of the Snowy Mountains. The recent redistribution saw these areas transferred to Riverina. In exchange, Batemans Bay was transferred from Gilmore to Eden-Monaro, to join the rest of Eurobodalla LGA.
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.
- Olga Quilty (Liberal Democrats)
- Mike Kelly (Labor) – Member for Eden-Monaro since 2007.
- David Gazard (Liberal)
- Frank Fragiacomo (Independent)
- Ray Buckley (Independent)
- Ursula Bennett (Christian Democratic Party)
- Catherine Moore (Greens)
Eden-Monaro has long gone with the party of government, and it seems extremely unlikely that will change in 2010. Kelly would be the favourite to win while the Rudd government remains strong.
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2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into account effects of the redistribution.
Eden-Monaro covers seven local government areas: all of Queanbeyan, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Snowy River, Cooma-Monaro and Bombala. Eden-Monaro also covers most of Palerang LGA.
The ALP won a sizeable majority in Queanbeyan and Palerang and smaller majorities along the coast. The Liberal Party won a 53% majority in the Monaro region (Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River and Bombala LGAs).
There is substantial variation within these areas, with the ALP winning most Cooma booths and the Liberals winning in Batemans Bay, Merimbula and Eden.
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