Division of Bass

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Map showing the Division of Bass, as of the Australian federal election, 2016.
MPRoss Hart
NamesakeGeorge Bass
Electors73,555 (2016)
Area7,378 km2 (2,848.7 sq mi)
Division of Bass

The Division of Bass is an Australian electoral division in Tasmania. The division was one of the five established when the former Division of Tasmania was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for the explorer George Bass. It has always been based on the city of Launceston and surrounding rural areas, and its boundaries have changed very little in the century since its creation. For most of its history it has been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties—since 1949 the Liberal Party. Its most notable member has been Lance Barnard, who was Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Government. His resignation in 1975 was followed by Labor's heavy defeat in the Bass by-election, which is seen as the beginning of the end of the Whitlam government.

Labor won the seat at the 2016 election.

Together with Bendigo, Denison and Swan, Bass has had the most different members of any federal electorate at sixteen.


Member Party Term
  David Storrer Protectionist 1903–1909
  Independent 1909–1910
  Jens Jensen Labor 1910–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Independent 1919
  Syd Jackson Nationalist 1919–1929
  Allan Guy Labor 1929–1931
  Independent 1931
  United Australia 1931–1934
  Claude Barnard Labor 1934–1949
  Bruce Kekwick Liberal 1949–1954
  Lance Barnard Labor 1954–1975
  Kevin Newman Liberal 1975–1984
  Warwick Smith Liberal 1984–1993
  Silvia Smith Labor 1993–1996
  Warwick Smith Liberal 1996–1998
  Michelle O'Byrne Labor 1998–2004
  Michael Ferguson Liberal 2004–2007
  Jodie Campbell Labor 2007–2010
  Geoff Lyons Labor 2010–2013
  Andrew Nikolic Liberal 2013–2016
  Ross Hart Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Bass[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Ross Hart 26,803 40.50 +5.85
Liberal Andrew Nikolic 25,609 38.70 −9.15
Greens Terrill Riley-Gibson 7,154 10.81 +2.91
Recreational Fishers Mark Tapsell 3,231 4.88 +4.88
Christian Democrats Malcolm Beattie 1,765 2.67 +2.67
Renewable Energy Roy Ramage 1,613 2.44 +2.44
Total formal votes 66,175 96.04 +0.22
Informal votes 2,729 3.96 −0.22
Turnout 68,904 93.68 −0.74
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Ross Hart 37,119 56.09 +10.13
Liberal Andrew Nikolic 29,056 43.91 −10.13
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +10.13


  1. ^ Bass, TAS, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 41°07′48″S 147°36′58″E / 41.130°S 147.616°E / -41.130; 147.616