Division of Wide Bay

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Wide Bay
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Wide Bay 2019.png
Division of Wide Bay in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1901
MPLlew O'Brien
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeWide Bay, Queensland
Electors107,516 (2019)
Area14,227 km2 (5,493.1 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of Wide Bay is an Australian electoral division in the state of Queensland.

History[edit]

Wide Bay, a region in Queensland from which the division takes its name

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. Wide Bay is located in south east Queensland and includes the cities of Maryborough, Gympie, Noosa, all of Fraser Island, and inland areas extending west to Murgon.

Notable representatives have included three time Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, who was the seat's first member. However, it has been a conservative seat for most of its history; only one other Labor member has ever won it. Warren Truss, former leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, held the seat from 1990 to 2016.

Members[edit]

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Andrew Fisher 1908.jpg Andrew Fisher
(1862–1928)
Labor 30 March 1901
26 October 1915
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Gympie. Served as minister under Watson. Served as Opposition Leader from 1909 to 1910, and from 1913 to 1914. Served as Prime Minister from 1908 to 1909, 1910 to 1913 and 1914 to 1915. Resigned in order to become the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  Edward Corser.jpg Edward Corser
(1852–1928)
Commonwealth Liberal 11 December 1915
17 February 1917
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Maryborough. Died in office. Son was Bernard Corser
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
31 July 1928
  Bernard Corser.jpg Bernard Corser
(1882–1967)
Country 3 September 1928
21 April 1954
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Burnett. Retired. Father was Edward Corser
  William Brand.jpg William Brand
(1888–1979)
Country 29 May 1954
14 October 1958
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Isis. Retired
  No image.svg Henry Bandidt
(1906–1990)
Country 22 November 1958
9 December 1961
Lost seat
  BrendanHansen1962.jpg Brendan Hansen
(1922–1999)
Labor 9 December 1961
18 May 1974
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Whitlam. Lost seat. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Maryborough in 1977
  No image.svg Clarrie Millar
(1925–2017)
Country 18 May 1974
2 May 1975
Retired
  National Country 2 May 1975 –
16 October 1982
  Nationals 16 October 1982 –
19 February 1990
  Warren Truss Portrait 2010.jpg Warren Truss
(1948–)
Nationals 24 March 1990
9 May 2016
Served as minister under Howard, Abbott and Turnbull. Served as Deputy Prime Minister under Abbott and Turnbull. Retired
  Llew O'Brien.jpg Llew O'Brien
(1972–)
Nationals 2 July 2016
present
Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Wide Bay[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Llew O'Brien 44,204 47.09 +3.23
Labor Jason Scanes 20,418 21.75 −0.81
One Nation Aaron Vico 10,166 10.83 −4.73
Greens Daniel Bryar 9,330 9.94 +1.74
Independent Tim Jerome 4,220 4.50 +4.50
United Australia Andrew Schebella 3,385 3.61 +3.61
Conservative National Jasmine Smith 2,149 2.29 +2.29
Total formal votes 93,872 95.26 +0.26
Informal votes 4,667 4.74 −0.26
Turnout 98,539 91.67 −0.11
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Llew O'Brien 59,279 63.15 +4.96
Labor Jason Scanes 34,593 36.85 −4.96
Liberal National hold Swing +4.96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wide Bay, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°54′47″S 152°33′32″E / 25.913°S 152.559°E / -25.913; 152.559