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The Division of Braddon is an Australian electoral division in the state of Tasmania. The current MP is Gavin Pearce of the Liberal Party, who was elected at the 2019 federal election.

Braddon
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Braddon 2019.png
Division of Braddon in Tasmania, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1955
MPGavin Pearce
PartyLiberal
NamesakeSir Edward Braddon
Electors79,194 (2019)
Area21,369 km2 (8,250.6 sq mi)
DemographicRural

Braddon is a rural electorate covering approximately 21,369 square kilometres (8,251 sq mi) in the north-west and west of Tasmania, including King Island. The cities of Burnie and Devonport are major population centres in the division. Other towns include Currie, Latrobe, Penguin, Queenstown, Rosebery, Smithton, Somerset, Stanley, Strahan, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan.[1]

HistoryEdit

 
Sir Edward Braddon, the division's namesake

The division was created at the Tasmanian redistribution on 30 August 1955, essentially as a reconfigured version of the Division of Darwin. It is named for Sir Edward Braddon, a Premier of Tasmania and one of Tasmania's five original federal members of parliament.

Following the election of the Whitlam government and the period following the Franklin Dam controversy, Braddon became a relatively safe seat for the Liberal Party. In more recent years, the division has usually been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Its most prominent member was Ray Groom. Groom was later to represent Denison in the Tasmanian Parliament 1986–2001 and served as Tasmanian Premier 1992–96.[2]

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Aubrey Luck
(1900–1999)
Liberal 10 December 1955
22 November 1958
Previously held the Division of Darwin. Lost seat
    Ron Davies
(1919–1980)
Labor 22 November 1958
13 December 1975
Lost seat
    Ray Groom
(1944–)
Liberal 13 December 1975
26 October 1984
Served as minister under Fraser. Retired. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison in 1986
    Chris Miles
(1947–)
Liberal 1 December 1984
3 October 1998
Lost seat
    Sid Sidebottom
(1951–)
Labor 3 October 1998
9 October 2004
Lost seat
    Mark Baker
(1958–)
Liberal 9 October 2004
24 November 2007
Lost seat
    Sid Sidebottom
(1951–)
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat
    Brett Whiteley
(1960–)
Liberal 7 September 2013
2 July 2016
Lost seat
    Justine Keay
(1975–)
Labor 2 July 2016
18 May 2019
Lost seat
    Gavin Pearce
(1967–)
Liberal 18 May 2019
present
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Braddon[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Gavin Pearce 26,513 37.89 −4.14
Labor Justine Keay 22,434 32.06 −7.51
Independent Craig Brakey 7,619 10.89 +10.89
One Nation Graham Gallaher 3,879 5.54 +5.54
Greens Phill Parsons 3,384 4.84 −1.99
United Australia Karen Spaulding 2,575 3.68 +3.68
National Sally Milbourne 1,654 2.36 +2.36
Independent Brett Smith 1,203 1.72 +1.72
Conservative National Shane Allan 712 1.02 +1.02
Total formal votes 69,973 92.92 −1.96
Informal votes 5,330 7.08 +1.96
Turnout 75,303 95.09 +1.44
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Gavin Pearce 37,151 53.09 +4.82
Labor Justine Keay 32,822 46.91 −4.82
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +4.82

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Braddon (Tas)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. ^ Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Braddon results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  3. ^ Braddon, TAS, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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