Division of Hinkler

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of HINKLER 2016.png
Division of Hinkler in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPKeith Pitt
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeBert Hinkler
Electors100,687 (2016)
Area3,504 km2 (1,352.9 sq mi)

The Division of Hinkler is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1984 and is named after Bert Hinkler, the great pioneer Australian aviator.

The seat is located in coastal Queensland, including the towns of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Childers, Gayndah and Monto.

The electoral division had previously centred on Gladstone and its surrounding area. On those boundaries, it was a marginal seat that traded hands between the Australian Labor Party and the National Party of Australia. However, after a redistribution in 2006, the Gladstone area, a Labor bastion, was transferred to the Division of Flynn. This seemingly consolidated the Nationals' hold on the seat. While National incumbent Paul Neville was nearly swept out in 2007 due in part to Queensland swinging heavily to Labor under Kevin Rudd, he survived in part due to Gladstone being replaced with conservative-leaning Hervey Bay. he was reelected with a large enough swing in 2010 to turn Hinkler into a safe seat for the merged Liberal National Party.


Member Party Term
  Bryan Conquest National 1984–1987
  Brian Courtice Labor 1987–1993
  Paul Neville National 1993–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2013
  Keith Pitt Liberal National 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Strait from orbit
Australian federal election, 2016: Hinkler[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Keith Pitt 38,887 43.86 −0.89
Labor Tim Lawson 23,678 26.70 −0.90
One Nation Damian Huxham 16,987 19.16 +19.16
Greens Tim Roberts 3,477 3.92 +1.20
Family First Stephen Lynch 2,250 2.54 +0.67
Independent Bill Foster 1,720 1.94 +1.94
Liberty Alliance Robert Windred 1,670 1.88 +1.88
Total formal votes 88,669 95.42 +0.34
Informal votes 4,258 4.58 −0.34
Turnout 92,927 92.29 −2.24
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Keith Pitt 51,804 58.42 −0.62
Labor Tim Lawson 36,865 41.58 +0.62
Liberal National hold Swing −0.62


  1. ^ Hinkler, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 25°10′59″S 152°23′06″E / 25.183°S 152.385°E / -25.183; 152.385