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The Division of Bass is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania.

Bass
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Bass 2019.png
Division of Bass in Tasmania, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1903
MPBridget Archer
PartyLiberal
NamesakeGeorge Bass
Electors76,532 (2019)
Area7,975 km2 (3,079.2 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial

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HistoryEdit

 
George Bass, the division's namesake

The division was one of the five established when the former Division of Tasmania was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for the explorer George Bass. It has always been based on the city of Launceston and surrounding rural areas, and its boundaries have changed very little in the century since its creation. For most of its history it has been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties—since 1949 the Liberal Party. Its most notable member has been Lance Barnard, who was Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Government. His resignation in 1975 was followed by Labor's heavy defeat in the Bass by-election, which is seen as the beginning of the end of the Whitlam government.

The Liberals won the seat at the 2019 election.

Bass has had the most different members of any federal electorate at seventeen.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    David Storrer
(1854–1935)
Protectionist 16 December 1903
26 May 1909
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Launceston. Lost seat
  Independent 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
    Jens Jensen
(1865–1936)
Labor 13 April 1910
14 November 1916
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Wilmot. Served as minister under Fisher and Hughes. Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Bass in 1922
  National Labor 14 November 1916
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
1919
  Independent 1919 –
13 December 1919
    Syd Jackson
(1889–1941)
Nationalist 13 December 1919
12 October 1929
Lost seat
    Allan Guy
(1890–1979)
Labor 12 October 1929
March 1931
Previously held the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Bass. Served as minister under Lyons. Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Wilmot in 1940
  Independent March 1931
7 May 1931
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
15 September 1934
    Claude Barnard
(1890–1957)
Labor 15 September 1934
10 December 1949
Served as minister under Chifley. Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Bass in 1950. Son was Lance Barnard
    Bruce Kekwick
(1910–1982)
Liberal 10 December 1949
29 May 1954
Lost seat
    Lance Barnard
(1919–1997)
Labor 29 May 1954
2 June 1975
Served as minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Whitlam. Resigned in order to become Australian Ambassador to Sweden, Norway and Finland. Father was Claude Barnard
    Kevin Newman
(1933–1999)
Liberal 28 June 1975
26 October 1984
Served as minister under Fraser. Retired
    Warwick Smith
(1954–)
Liberal 1 December 1984
13 March 1993
Lost seat
    Silvia Smith
(1939–)
Labor 13 March 1993
2 March 1996
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1997
    Warwick Smith
(1954–)
Liberal 2 March 1996
3 October 1998
Served as minister under Howard. Lost seat
    Michelle O'Byrne
(1968–)
Labor 3 October 1998
9 October 2004
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Bass in 2006
    Michael Ferguson
(1974–)
Liberal 9 October 2004
24 November 2007
Lost seat. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Bass in 2010
    Jodie Campbell
(1972–)
Labor 24 November 2007
19 July 2010
Retired
    Geoff Lyons
(1953–)
Labor 21 August 2010
7 September 2013
Lost seat
    Andrew Nikolic
(1961–)
Liberal 7 September 2013
2 July 2016
Lost seat
    Ross Hart
(1960–)
Labor 2 July 2016
18 May 2019
Lost seat
    Bridget Archer
(1975–)
Liberal 18 May 2019
present
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Bass[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Bridget Archer 29,094 42.33 +3.14
Labor Ross Hart 23,878 34.74 −4.91
Greens Tom Hall 7,202 10.48 −0.57
United Australia Allan Roark 3,342 4.86 +4.86
Independent Todd Lambert 2,607 3.79 +3.79
Animal Justice Susan Woodbury 1,667 2.43 +2.43
National Carl Cooper 943 1.37 +1.37
Total formal votes 68,733 95.50 −0.53
Informal votes 3,240 4.50 +0.53
Turnout 71,973 94.04 +0.19
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Bridget Archer 34,648 50.41 +5.83
Labor Ross Hart 34,085 49.59 −5.83
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +5.83

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bass, TAS, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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