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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Riverina (green) within New South Wales
Dates current 1901–1984, 1992–present
MP Michael McCormack
Party National
Namesake Riverina
Electors 100,116 (2013)
Area 61,435 km2 (23,720.2 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Riverina is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in south-west rural New South Wales, generally following the Murrumbidgee River valley. It was one of the original 75 divisions set up for the first Australian federal election in 1901. It was named after the Riverina region in which it is located.

The division includes the cities of Wagga Wagga and Griffith and the towns of Coleambally, Coolamon, Gundagai, Hillston,Junee, Leeton, Narrandera, Temora, Tumut, Tumbarumba and West Wyalong. The Sturt Highway runs along the length of the division.


There was a by-election in Riverina in 1904. Robert Blackwood won the seat by only a few votes from John Chanter. The results were challenged in the courts and a new election was held in which Chanter won the seat. There was another by-election in 1965 after Hugh Roberton resigned. In the 1984 the division was abolished and replaced by the Division of Riverina-Darling. In 1992 the division was re-created.

Originally the division included the Labor-voting mining towns of Broken Hill and Cobar, but these are now in the divisions of Farrer and Parkes. This has made Riverina a safe National Party seat.


Riverina (1901–1984)
Member Party Term
  John Chanter Protectionist 1901–1903
  Robert Blackwood Free Trade 1903–1904
  John Chanter Protectionist 1904–1909
  Labor 1909–1913
  Franc Falkiner Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  John Chanter Labor 1914–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  William Killen Country 1922–1931
  Horace Nock Country 1931–1940
  Joe Langtry Labor 1940–1949
  Hugh Roberton Country 1949–1965
  Bill Armstrong Country 1965–1969
  Al Grassby Labor 1969–1974
  John Sullivan Country 1974–1975
  National Country 1975–1977
  John FitzPatrick Labor 1977–1980
  Noel Hicks National Country 1980–1982
  National 1982–1984
Riverina (1993–present)
Member Party Term
  Noel Hicks National 1993–1998
  Kay Hull National 1998–2010
  Michael McCormack National 2010–present

Al Grassby was the Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam government.

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