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Division of Barker

Barker
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Barker (dark green) in the state of South Australia
Created 1903
MP Tony Pasin
Party Liberal
Namesake Collet Barker
Electors 103,321 (2013)
Area 63,886 km2 (24,666.5 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Barker is an Australian Electoral Division in the south-east of South Australia.

The 63,886 km² seat currently stretches from Port MacDonnell in the south, taking in the Murray Mallee, the Riverland, the Murraylands and most of the Barossa Valley, and includes the towns of Barmera, Berri, Bordertown, Keith, Kingston SE, Loxton, Mannum, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Penola, Renmark, Tailem Bend, Waikerie, and parts of Nuriootpa and Tanunda.

The division was established on 2 October 1903, when South Australia's original single multi-member division was split into seven single-member divisions. It is named for Collet Barker, an early explorer of the region at the mouth of the Murray River. It is the only one of South Australia's remaining original six divisions that has never been held by the Australian Labor Party. It has been in the hands of the Liberal Party and its predecessors for its entire existence, except for a six-year period when Country Party MP Archie Cameron held it; however, Cameron joined the United Australia Party, direct forerunner of the Liberals, in 1940. The conservative parties have usually had a fairly secure hold on the seat. This tradition has only been threatened twice, both at high-tide elections. Labor came within 1.2 percent of winning the seat at the 1929 election, and within 1.7 percent of winning the seat at the 1943 election. In the latter election, Barker was left as the only non-Labor seat in South Australia, and indeed the only non-Labor seat outside the eastern states whose

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