Division of Braddon

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BRADDON 2016.png
Division of Braddon in Tasmania, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1955
MP Justine Keay
Party Labor
Namesake Sir Edward Braddon
Electors 72,519 (2016)
Area 20,826 km2 (8,041.0 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Braddon is an Australian electoral division in the state of Tasmania. The division was created at the Tasmanian redistribution of 30 August 1955, essentially as a reconfigured version of the Division of Darwin. It is named for Sir Edward Braddon, a Premier of Tasmania and one of Tasmania's five original federal members of parliament.

Braddon is a rural electorate covering approximately 20,826 square kilometres (8,041 sq mi) in the north-western and west of Tasmania and includes King Island. The cities of Burnie and Devonport are major population centres in the division. Other towns include Currie, Latrobe, Penguin, Queenstown, Rosebery, Smithton, Somerset, Stanley, Strahan, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan.[1]

The current Member for the Division of Braddon, since the 2016 federal election, is Justine Keay, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Following the election of the Whitlam government and the period following the Franklin Dam controversy, Braddon became a relatively safe seat for the Liberal Party. In more recent years, the division has usually been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Its most prominent member was Ray Groom. Groom was later to represent Denison in the Tasmanian Parliament 1986–2001 and served as Tasmanian Premier 1992–96.[2]


Member Party Term
  Aubrey Luck Liberal 1955–1958
  Ron Davies Labor 1958–1975
  Ray Groom Liberal 1975–1984
  Chris Miles Liberal 1984–1998
  Sid Sidebottom Labor 1998–2004
  Mark Baker Liberal 2004–2007
  Sid Sidebottom Labor 2007–2013
  Brett Whiteley Liberal 2013–2016
  Justine Keay Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Braddon[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Brett Whiteley 26,841 41.50 −5.36
Labor Justine Keay 25,898 40.05 +2.46
Greens Scott Jordan 4,358 6.74 +1.57
Recreational Fishers Glen Saltmarsh 3,701 5.72 +5.72
Liberal Democrats Joshua Boag 1,380 2.13 +2.13
Renewable Energy Clinton Rice 1,343 2.08 +2.08
Christian Democrats Graham Hodge 1,151 1.78 +1.78
Total formal votes 64,672 94.77 −1.68
Informal votes 3,568 5.23 +1.68
Turnout 68,240 94.10 −1.25
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Justine Keay 33,759 52.20 +4.76
Liberal Brett Whiteley 30,913 47.80 −4.76
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +4.76


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Braddon (Tas)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Braddon results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Braddon, TAS, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 41°38′53″S 145°24′50″E / 41.648°S 145.414°E / -41.648; 145.414