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Division of Gippsland

The Division of Gippsland is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was one of the original 65 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. It is one of two original divisions in Victoria to have never elected a Labor-endorsed member, the other being Kooyong. It has been held by the National Party and its predecessor, the Country 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.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Gippsland in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPDarren Chester
Electors104,088 (2016)
Area33,264 km2 (12,843.3 sq mi)

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.



Member Party Term
  Allan McLean Protectionist 1901–1904
  Anti-Socialist 1904–1906
  George Wise Protectionist 1906–1909
  Independent Liberal 1909–1913
  James Bennett Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1914
  George Wise Independent Labor 1914–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1922
  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 resultsEdit

Australian federal election, 2016: Gippsland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Darren Chester 50,309 56.34 +2.58
Labor Shashi Bhatti 17,870 20.01 −3.14
Greens Ian Onley 7,002 7.84 +2.14
Liberal Democrats Ben Buckley 4,444 4.98 −0.35
Family First Brian Heath 3,068 3.44 +1.64
Independent Cherie Smith 1,577 1.77 +1.77
Rise Up Australia Peter Dorian 1,513 1.69 +1.27
Renewable Energy Peter Gardner 1,384 1.55 +1.55
Independent Christine Sindt 1,379 1.54 +1.54
Christians Ashleigh Belsar 746 0.84 +0.84
Total formal votes 89,292 93.13 −0.88
Informal votes 6,588 6.87 +0.88
Turnout 95,880 92.11 −2.34
Two-party-preferred result
National Darren Chester 61,106 68.43 +2.59
Labor Shashi Bhatti 28,186 31.57 −2.59
National hold Swing +2.59


  1. ^ Gippsland, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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