Division of Oxley

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This article is about the current federal electorate. For the former electorate, see Division of Oxley (1901–34).
Oxley
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Oxley (green) within Queensland
Created 1949
MP Bernie Ripoll
Party Labor
Namesake John Oxley
Electors 86,815 (2013)
Area 155 km2 (59.8 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Oxley is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The current division is the second to bear the name, and was created in 1949. The division is named after the Australian explorer, John Oxley. Oxley is located in south east Queensland, and covers the south western suburbs of Brisbane.

The original Division of Oxley was established in 1901, and was abolished and replaced by the Division of Griffith in 1934. Its best-known member was Bill Hayden, the Labor Opposition Leader between 1977 and 1983, when he resigned under pressure the same day that the 1983 election which swept Bob Hawke to power was called. Hayden later served as a minister in the Hawke Government before becoming Governor-General in 1988.

In 1996, the seat became most well known for controversial social conservative MP Pauline Hanson who was elected as a Liberal-turned-independent, but the seat was heavily redistributed in 1997, splitting her main support base of Ipswich between Oxley and Blair. Hanson contested the seat of Blair, winning 36% of the primary vote but losing to the Liberals (who got 21%) under Australia's system of preferential voting. Hanson's brief tenure is the only time in the last half century that the seat has been out of Labor hands.

Members for Oxley[edit]

Member Party Term
  Donald A. Cameron Liberal 1949–1961
  Bill Hayden Labor 1961–1988
  Les Scott Labor 1988–1996
  Pauline Hanson Independent 1996–1997
  One Nation 1997–1998
  Bernie Ripoll Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Oxley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Bernie Ripoll 32,589 43.10 −1.61
Liberal National Andrew Nguyen 29,064 38.44 +0.09
Palmer United Ricky Tang 5,368 7.10 +7.10
Greens Martin Stephenson 4,072 5.38 −6.41
Family First Carrie McCormack 1,551 2.05 −3.10
Katter's Australian Kathleen Hewlett 1,499 1.98 +1.98
Democratic Labour Frank Karg 1,075 1.42 +1.42
Rise Up Australia Scott Moerland 400 0.53 +0.53
Total formal votes 75,618 93.08 −0.24
Informal votes 5,619 6.92 +0.24
Turnout 81,237 93.57 +0.95
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Bernie Ripoll 40,657 53.77 −2.00
Liberal National Andrew Nguyen 34,961 46.23 +2.00
Labor hold Swing −2.00

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Coordinates: 27°36′32″S 152°55′59″E / 27.609°S 152.933°E / -27.609; 152.933