Division of Page
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Page (green) within New South Wales
|Namesake||Sir Earle Page|
|Area||16,143 km2 (6,232.8 sq mi)|
The Division of Page is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in the far north-east of the state, adjoining the border with Queensland and the Tasman Sea. The division is named after the Right Honourable Sir Earle Page, the first leader of the Country Party of Australia and the caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after the death of Joseph Lyons in 1939. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 October 1984, and was first contested at the 1984 federal election.
The division includes the towns of Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Grafton, Tyringham, Bonalbo, Nimbin and Iluka. Originally, much of its current territory (including Page's home of Grafton) was located in neighboring Cowper, which Page represented from 1919 to 1961.
The seat is a bellweather seat, swinging between the National Party and the Labor Party. It was previously held by Ian Causley, the Deputy Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. Causley retired at the 2007 election, and Chris Gulaptis, a former Mayor of Maclean, was endorsed as the Nationals' candidate. Labor selected Janelle Saffin, a former member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, who took the seat with a swing of around 8 per cent. Saffin increased her majority in 2010, however was defeated in 2013 by the Nationals' Kevin Hogan, who won with a swing of 6.71 per cent.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Page|
|Palmer United||Stephen Janes||4,135||4.81||+4.81|
|Christian Democrats||Carol Ordish||1,394||1.62||+1.62|
|One Nation||Rod Smith||1,381||1.61||+1.61|
|Total formal votes||85,935||95.32||−0.29|
|National gain from Labor||Swing||+6.71|