Division of Lyne
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Lyne (green) within New South Wales
|Namesake||Sir William Lyne|
|Area||11,991 km2 (4,629.8 sq mi)|
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 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. 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 in the 2010 general election. Oakeshott announced on 26 June 2013 that he would not contest the 2013 election. The Nationals' candidate David Gillespie easily regained the seat.
|Bruce Cowan||National Country||1980–1982|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Lyne|
|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|
|Total formal votes||86,245||93.69||−2.58|
|National gain from Independent||Swing||N/A|
- "NSW Division - Lyne, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.