Division of Parkes

The Division of Parkes is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Parkes in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMark Coulton
NamesakeSir Henry Parkes
Electors109,639 (2019)
Area393,413 km2 (151,897.6 sq mi)


The former Division of Parkes (1901–69) was located in suburban Sydney, and was not related to this division, except in name.

The division is named after Sir Henry Parkes, seventh Premier of New South Wales and sometimes known as the 'Father of Federation'. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 October 1984, and was first contested at the 1984 federal election. The seat is currently a safe Nationals seat. It was substantially changed by the 2006 redistribution and is now considered by many observers as the successor to the abolished Division of Gwydir. As a result, the then member for Parkes, John Cobb, instead contested the Division of Calare. The current Member for Parkes, since the 2007 federal election, is Mark Coulton, a member of the National Party of Australia.[1]

According to the 2011 census, approximately 78 per cent of the population within the division identify as Christian,[2] more than any other electorate in Australia at that time.[3]


The largest electorate in the state, it is located in the far north west of the state, adjoining the border with Queensland in the north and with South Australia in the west. Its largest population centre is Dubbo. It also includes the towns of Broken Hill, Dunedoo, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Walgett, Narrabri, Moree, Warren, Nyngan, Cobar and Bourke. The division does not include the namesake town of Parkes, which is in the Division of Riverina.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Michael Cobb
Nationals 1 December 1984
31 August 1998
  Tony Lawler
Nationals 3 October 1998
8 October 2001
  John Cobb
Nationals 10 November 2001
24 November 2007
Served as minister under Howard. Transferred to the Division of Calare
  Mark Coulton
Nationals 24 November 2007
Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Parkes[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Mark Coulton 47,692 50.76 −7.89
Labor Jack Ayoub 22,135 23.56 −5.01
Liberal Democrats Daniel Jones 7,568 8.06 +8.06
Independent Will Landers 6,730 7.16 +7.16
United Australia Petrus Van Der Steen 5,906 6.29 +6.29
Greens David Paull 3,921 4.17 −2.08
Total formal votes 93,952 94.14 −0.62
Informal votes 5,847 5.86 +0.62
Turnout 99,799 91.13 −0.82
Two-party-preferred result
National Mark Coulton 62,859 66.91 +1.81
Labor Jack Ayoub 31,093 33.09 −1.81
National hold Swing +1.81


  1. Murray, Robyn (1 February 2013). "Candidates welcome September election". Mudgee Guardian. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Parkes, NSW (Commonwealth Electoral Division)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. "Percentage religion Christian". Mumble census gallery. Peter Brent. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. Parkes, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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