Division of Gippsland
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||33,264 km2 (12,843.3 sq mi)|
The Division of Gippsland is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for the Gippsland region of eastern Victoria, which in turn is named for Sir George Gipps, Governor of New South Wales 1838–46. It includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Morwell, Sale and Traralgon.
It is one of two original divisions in Victoria to have never elected a Labor-endorsed member, the other being Kooyong. It has been held by the National Party and its predecessor, the Country Party, since 1922: it is the only seat the party has held continuously since its creation. On its new boundaries, however, it takes in most of the industrial Latrobe Valley.
Prominent former members include Allan McLean, a former Premier of Victoria who served as a minister under George Reid; and Peter Nixon, a senior minister in the Coalition governments from Harold Holt to Malcolm Fraser.
Then-sitting MP Peter McGauran announced his resignation in April 2008, sparking a June 2008 by-election, with the three major parties all contesting the election. The Nationals retained the seat on an increased margin, electing Darren Chester.
|Liberal Democrats||Ben Buckley||4,444||4.98||−0.35|
|Family First||Brian Heath||3,068||3.44||+1.64|
|Rise Up Australia||Peter Dorian||1,513||1.69||+1.27|
|Renewable Energy||Peter Gardner||1,384||1.55||+1.55|
|Total formal votes||89,292||93.13||−0.88|
- Gippsland, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.