Electoral district of Gippsland South

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Gippsland South
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Gippsland South District 2014.png
Location of Gippsland South (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Created 1859
MP Peter Ryan
Party National Party of Australia
Namesake South Gippsland
Electors 40,241 (2014)
Area 7,429 km2 (2,868.4 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Electoral district of Gippsland South (initially known as South Gippsland)[1] is a Lower House electoral district of the Victorian Parliament.[2] It is located within the Eastern Victoria Region of the Legislative Council .

Gippsland South includes the country Victorian towns of Foster, Korumburra, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Port Albert, Port Welshpool, Rosedale, Sale, Venus Bay and Yarram. Industries include agriculture, timber production and tourism. Natural features include Wilsons Promontory National Park, Corner Inlet, and a number of lakes and islands along the coast and border.

Its area was initially defined by the 1858 Electoral Act as: "Commencing at the mouth of Merryman's Creek[a] on the Ninety Mile Beach; bounded on the north by Merryman's Creek to where the road from Tarraville to Rosedale crosses said creek near Bayless's pre-emptive right, thence by a line west fourteen degrees to Buneep; on the west by the counties of Evelyn and Mornington to Cape Patterson; and on the south and south-east by the sea-coast to the commencing point"[3]

The Electoral Act Amendment Act of 1888 created new districts of Gippsland Central, Gippsland East and Gippsland West and reduced the size of Gippsland South (renaming it from South Gippsland) and Gippsland North.[4]

It has never been won by the Australian Labor Party, and has been in the hands of the National Party for all but two terms since 1929.

The current member is Peter Ryan, former leader of the Victorian National Party and Deputy Premier of Victoria, who has held the seat since 1992.

a = now known as Merriman Creek

Members for Gippsland South[edit]

Member Party Term
  Angus McMillan Unaligned 1859 – 1860[r]
  George Hedley Unaligned 1861 – 1862[r]
  John Johnson Unaligned 1862 – 1864
  Peter Snodgrass Unaligned 1864 – 1867[d]
  Thomas McCombie Unaligned 1868 – 1869[r]
  George Macartney Unaligned 1869 – 1871
  Francis Mason Unaligned 1871 – 1877
  George Macartney Unaligned 1877 – 1878[d]
  Francis Mason Unaligned 1878 – 1886
  Arthur Groom Unaligned 1886 – 1889
  Francis Mason Unaligned 1889 – 1902
  Thomas Livingston Ministerialist 1902 – 1922
  Commonwealth Liberal
  Walter West Nationalist 1922 – 1927
  Henry Bodman Independent 1927 – 1927[d]
  Walter West Nationalist 1927 – 1929
  Sir Herbert Hyland Country 1929 – 1970[d]
  James Taylor Liberal 1970 – 1973
  Neil McInnes National 1973 – 1982
  Tom Wallace National 1982 – 1992
  Peter Ryan National 1992 – present


[b ] = by-election
[d ] = died in office
[r ] = resigned

Election results[edit]

Victorian state election, 2014: Gippsland South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Peter Ryan 20,468 57.3 −6.6
Labor Lynn Psaila 7,819 21.9 +3.0
Greens Ian Onley 3,436 9.6 −0.3
Country Alliance Deb Meester 1,853 5.2 −2.2
Independent Phil Piper 1,093 3.1 +3.1
Rise Up Australia Patrick Winterton 1,076 3.0 +3.0
Total formal votes 35,745 94.5 −1.1
Informal votes 2,082 5.5 +1.1
Turnout 37,827 94.0 +1.2
Two-party-preferred result
National Peter Ryan 23,503 65.7 −6.9
Labor Lynn Psaila 12,289 34.3 +6.9
National hold Swing −6.9

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Coordinates: 38°35′S 146°30′E / 38.583°S 146.500°E / -38.583; 146.500