New South Wales election 2015

Lismore

Margin: Nationals 24.3%
Region: North Coast
Federal: Page (59%)/Richmond (32%)/New England (9%)

Candidates in ballot paper order

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lismore-alp

ADAM GUISE
Greens

ALAN JONES
No Land Tax

THOMAS GEORGE
Nationals (top)

ISAAC SMITH
Labor (bottom)

GIANPIERO BATTISTA
Christian Democratic Party

CHERIE IMLAH
Animal Justice Party

2011 BOOTH RESULTS MAP

PAST RESULTS

DEMOGRAPHICS

Two-party preferred booth results from 2011 state election showing Nationals majority in green and Labor in red. New boundaries in thicker blue lines, old ones in thinner red lines. Boundary data courtesy of Ben Raue of The Tally Room.

Lismore covers a stretch of the Queensland border inland from the coastal electorates of Tweed and Ballina, with the city that gives it its name sitting at the eastern end of an electorate that extends to Mole River 200 kilometres to the west. Its thinly populated western territories have been expanded by the redistribution, adding around 3750 voters formerly in Northern Tablelands, while at the eastern end 1600 voters in rural areas around Federal are transferred to Ballina, and a similar number just north of Casino go to Clarence.

The seat has been held by the National/Country Party since it was recreated after the abolition of proportional representation in 1927, barring two interruptions – from 1959 to 1965, when it was held for Labor by Keith Compton, and from 1982 to 1988, when Bruce Duncan quit the party in protest against the dropping of “Country” from its name. The Nationals did not field a candidate against Compton at the 1984 election. The member since 1999 has been Thomas George, a former hotel manager.

Despite the seat’s margin and historical record, controversy over coal seam gas exploration has Labor hopeful it can pull off improbable victories in this and other North Coast electorates. Their candidate is Isaac Smith, a Lismore councillor.

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