Cause of by-election
Sitting Nationals MP Andrew Gee resigned from the state parliament to successfully run for the federal seat of Calare at the 2016 federal election.
Margin – NAT 21.7%
Central west NSW. Orange covers the entirety of the Orange, Cabonne, Forbes and Parkes council areas, with the main centres being in the cities of Orange, Forbes and Parkes.
The seat of Orange has existed in the Legislative Assembly since 1859, with the exception of three elections in the 1920s. The seat was a single-member district up to 1880, then a two-member district from 1880 to 1894.
The seat has been a single-member district since 1894. The seat has been held by the Country/National Party since 1947.
Orange was held from 1941 to 1947 by the ALP’s Robert O’Halloran. He had been one of the members for the district of Eastern Suburbs from 1920 to 1927, but he fell out with Labor leader and Premier Jack Lang, and at the 1927 election he was denied preselection for any of the new single-member districts that replaced Eastern Suburbs.
He held Orange from 1941 to 1947, when he lost to the Country Party’s Charles Cutler.
Cutler was elected Country Party deputy leader in 1958 and leader in 1959. He held that role until his retirement in 1975. He also served as Deputy Premier in the Coalition government from 1965 to 1975.
Cutler’s retirement in 1975 caused a by-election in early 1976. The by-election was won by National Country Party candidate Garry West. He served as a minister in the Coalition government from 1988 to 1995. Following the government’s defeat, he resigned from Parliament in early 1996.
The 1996 by-election was won by Russell Turner, also of the National Party. Turner was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Turner retired in 2011, and the seat was won by Nationals candidate Andrew Gee. Gee was re-elected in 2015.
- Janelle Bicknell (Greens)
- Scott Barrett (Nationals)
- Philip Donato (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
- Kevin Duffy (Independent)
- Scott Munro (Independent)
- Bernard Fitzsimon (Labor)
- Dianne Ducker (Christian Democratic Party)
- Ian Donald (Independent)
The Nationals should safely retain Orange.
|John Gilbert||Christian Democratic Party||1,262||2.6||+2.6|
|Juan Fernandez||No Land Tax||837||1.7||+1.7|
2015 two-party-preferred result
Booths in Orange have been split into four parts, along the lines of the four local government areas: Cabonne, Forbes, Orange and Parkes. The Cabonne and Orange council areas have been marked for amalgamation in the near future – Orange covers the urban parts of the new council, with Cabonne covering the rural surrounding areas.
The Nationals won a large majority of the two-party-preferred vote in every area, ranging from 68% in Orange to 78.6% in Cabonne.
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Two-party-preferred votes in Orange at the 2015 NSW state election