Division of Gippsland


Division of Gippsland
Gippsland
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Gippsland (green) in Victoria
Created: 1900
MP: Darren Chester
Party: National
Namesake: Gippsland
Area: 33,264 km² (12,843 sq mi)
Demographic: Rural

The Division of Gippsland is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the Gippsland region of eastern Victoria, which in turn is named for Sir George Gipps, Governor of New South Wales 1838-46. It includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Morwell, Sale and Traralgon. In 104 years Gippsland has never elected a Labor member. It has been held by the Country Party and its successor the National Party since 1922: it is the only seat the party has held continuously since its creation. On its new boundaries, however, it takes in most of the industrial Latrobe Valley.

Sitting MP Peter McGauran announced his resignation in April 2008, sparking a June 2008 by-election, with the three major parties all contesting the election. The Nationals retained the seat on an increased margin, electing Darren Chester.

Members

Member Party Term
  Allan McLean Protectionist 1901–1904
  Anti-Socialist 1904–1906
  George Wise Protectionist 1906–1909
  Independent 1909–1913
  James Bennett Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  George Wise Independent 1914–1916
  Nationalist 1916–1922
  Thomas Paterson Country 1922–1943
  George Bowden Country 1943–1961
  Peter Nixon Country 1961–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1983
  Peter McGauran National 1983–2008
  Darren Chester National 2008–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Gippsland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Darren Chester 47,020 53.00 +4.63
Labor Darren McCubbin 28,008 31.57 -4.98
Greens Michael Bond 5,826 6.57 +1.03
Liberal Democrats Ben Buckley 4,895 5.52 +5.52
Family First Heath Jefferis 2,963 3.34 -0.97
Total formal votes 88,712 96.21 -0.81
Informal votes 3,496 3.79 +0.81
Total votes 92,208 94.53% -1.14
Two-candidate preferred result
National Darren Chester 54,513 61.45 +5.54
Labor Darren McCubbin 34,199 38.55 -5.54
National hold Swing +5.54

References

Coordinates: 37°35′02″S 147°46′01″E / 37.584°S 147.767°E / -37.584; 147.767


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