Division of Parkes
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir Henry Parkes|
|Area||393,413 km2 (151,897.6 sq mi)|
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.
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.
|Nationals||1 December 1984 –
31 August 1998
|Nationals||3 October 1998 –
8 October 2001
|Nationals||10 November 2001 –
24 November 2007
|Served as minister under Howard. Transferred to the Division of Calare|
|Nationals||24 November 2007 –
|Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison|
|Liberal Democrats||Daniel Jones||7,568||8.06||+8.06|
|United Australia||Petrus Van Der Steen||5,906||6.29||+6.29|
|Total formal votes||93,952||94.14||−0.62|
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- Parkes, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.