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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Calare (green) within New South Wales
Created 1906
MP John Cobb
Party National
Namesake Lachlan River (Aboriginal name)
Electors 98,463 (2010)
Area 30,526 km2 (11,786.2 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
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The Lachlan River

The Division of Calare is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. It was set up for the 1906 election and is the local Indigenous Australian name for the Lachlan River, which runs through the western part of the division. (The name should be pronounced Kal-ah-ree, but the pronunciation Kul-air is used.)

The division includes the towns of Bathurst, Blayney, Canowindra, Eugowra, Forbes, Lithgow, Molong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Portland, Wallerawang and Yeoval.


Member Party Term
  Thomas Brown Labor 1906–1913
  Henry Pigott Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Thomas Lavelle Labor 1919–1922
  Sir Neville Howse Nationalist 1922–1929
  George Gibbons Labor 1929–1931
  Harold Thorby Country 1931–1940
  John Breen Labor 1940–1946
  John Howse Liberal 1946–1960
  John England Country 1960–1975
  Sandy Mackenzie National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1983
  David Simmons Labor 1983–1996
  Peter Andren Independent 1996–2007
  John Cobb National 2007–present

Peter Andren was not a candidate for the 2007 election as he was going to stand for a Senate seat. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and died during the election campaign. John Cobb had previously held the seat of Parkes. He was Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Community Services in the Howard Government.

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