Division of Parkes
The Division of Parkes is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is the largest electorate in the state. It is located in the far north of the state, next to the border with Queensland. It is named after Sir Henry Parkes, seventh Premier of New South Wales and sometimes known as the 'Father of Federation'. It was set up in 1984.
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Parkes (green) within New South Wales
|Namesake||Sir Henry Parkes|
|Area||256,643 km2 (99,090.4 sq mi)|
It includes the towns of Dubbo. It also includes the towns of Mudgee, Dunedoo, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Walgett, Narrabri, Moree, Warren, Nyngan, Cobar and Bourke. The division does not include the town of Parkes.
Michael Cobb was found guilty of fraud in 1998. He claimed money for staying in hotels, but he was actually seeping in his car. John Cobb was Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and later Community Services in the Howard government. In the 2007 election Cobb moved to the Division of Calare.
Since the 2013 election, Parkes is the safest seat in Australia. It would need more votes than any other seat to change to another political party.
- "NSW Division - Parkes, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Profile of the electoral division of Parkes (NSW)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- Keogh, Kylie (13 October 2002). "Cobb and co in fight over will - smh.com.au". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2 January 2014.