Division of Lyne

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Lyne 2010.png
Division of Lyne (green) within New South Wales
Created 1949
MP David Gillespie
Party National
Namesake Sir William Lyne
Electors 97,127 (2013)[1]
Area 11,991 km2 (4,629.8 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Lyne is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after Sir William Lyne, Premier of New South Wales at the time of Federation and subsequently a minister in early Australian conservative governments. William Lyne was commissioned by the first Governor-General, Lord Hopetoun to form the inaugural Federal Government. He was unable to attract sufficient support to form a cabinet and returned the commission. The unsuccessful commissioning of Lyne is known as The Hopetoun Blunder.

The division is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and includes the local government areas of Gloucester, Greater Taree, Port Macquarie-Hastings and southern Kempsey. Major population centres include Port Macquarie, Taree, Wauchope, Laurieton, Wingham, Gloucester and parts of Kempsey.

The current Member for Lyne, since the 2013 federal election, is David Gillespie, a member of the National Party of Australia.


The Division of Lyne was created in a redistribution in 1949 and was represented by the National Party (previously the Country Party and National Country Party) for almost 60 years. This reflects the area's history as a strongly conservative and rural region. The area has recently undergone significant demographic changes with the arrival of a large number of retired people and city dwellers seeking a sea-change. Despite these changes the Australian Labor Party has made little headway in increasing its vote.

In 1993, after the exclusion of minor candidates, the Nationals' Mark Vaile led over the Liberals by only 233 votes.[2] Vaile, having served as Deputy Prime Minister, retired in July 2008 which triggered a Lyne by-election. The seat was lost to independent candidate and former state MP Rob Oakeshott, who retained the seat at the 2010 election. Oakeshott announced on 26 June 2013 that he would not contest the 2013 election. The Nationals' candidate David Gillespie easily regained the seat.[1]


Member Party Term
  Jim Eggins Country 1949–1952
  Philip Lucock Country 1952–1975
  National Country 1975–1980
  Bruce Cowan National Country 1980–1982
  National 1982–1993
  Mark Vaile National 1993–2008
  Rob Oakeshott Independent 2008–2013
  David Gillespie National 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Lyne[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National David Gillespie 45,871 53.19 +18.80
Labor Peter Alley 18,352 21.28 +7.79
Independent Steve Attkins 6,561 7.61 +7.61
Greens Ian Oxenford 5,340 6.19 +1.90
Palmer United Troy Wilkie 4,727 5.48 +5.48
One Nation Craig Huth 2,208 2.56 +2.56
Christian Democrats John Klose 2,054 2.38 +2.38
Katter's Australian Brian Buckley Clare 814 0.94 +0.94
CEC Michael Gough 318 0.37 +0.37
Total formal votes 86,245 93.69 −2.58
Informal votes 5,809 6.31 +2.58
Turnout 92,054 94.78 −0.60
Two-party-preferred result
National David Gillespie 55,857 64.77 +2.32
Labor Peter Alley 30,388 35.23 −2.32
National gain from Independent Swing N/A


  1. ^ a b c "NSW Division - Lyne, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2008/lyne/

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Coordinates: 31°36′07″S 152°16′37″E / 31.602°S 152.277°E / -31.602; 152.277