Division of Oxley

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Oxley 2019.png
Division of Oxley in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPMilton Dick
PartyAustralian Labor Party
NamesakeJohn Oxley
Electors104,200 (2019)
Area159 km2 (61.4 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

The Division of Oxley is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The current division is the second to bear the name, and was created in 1949. The division is named after the Australian explorer, John Oxley. Oxley is located in south east Queensland, and covers the south western suburbs of Brisbane.

The original Division of Oxley was established in 1901, and was abolished and replaced by the Division of Griffith in 1934. The 1949 incarnation's best-known member was Bill Hayden, the Labor Opposition Leader between 1977 and 1983, when he resigned under pressure the same day that the 1983 election which swept Bob Hawke to power was called. Hayden later served as a minister in the Hawke Government before becoming Governor-General in 1988.

In 1996, the seat became most well known for controversial social conservative MP Pauline Hanson who was elected as a Liberal-turned-independent, but the seat was heavily redistributed in 1997, splitting her main support base of Ipswich between Oxley and Blair. Hanson contested the seat of Blair, winning 36% of the primary vote but losing to the Liberals (who got 21%) under Australia's system of preferential voting. Hanson's brief tenure is the only time in the last half century that the seat has been out of Labor hands.


Member Party Term
  Donald Cameron Liberal 1949–1961
  Bill Hayden Labor 1961–1988
  Les Scott Labor 1988–1996
  Pauline Hanson Independent 1996–1997
  One Nation 1997–1998
  Bernie Ripoll Labor 1998–2016
  Milton Dick Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Oxley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Milton Dick 33,151 44.07 −1.81
Liberal National Russell Bauer 25,698 34.16 +2.00
Greens Steven Purcell 8,510 11.31 +2.42
One Nation Janet Lindbom 4,341 5.77 −2.46
United Australia Ian Ferguson 1,861 2.47 +2.47
Conservative National Scott Moerland 1,155 1.54 +1.54
Socialist Equality Mike Head 503 0.67 +0.67
Total formal votes 75,219 95.65 −0.35
Informal votes 3,421 4.35 +0.35
Turnout 78,640 75.47 −15.39
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Milton Dick 43,284 57.54 −1.47
Liberal National Russell Bauer 31,935 42.46 +1.47

Results are not final. Last updated 8:30pm AEST on 21 May 2019.


  1. ^ Oxley, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 27°36′32″S 152°55′59″E / 27.609°S 152.933°E / -27.609; 152.933