Electoral district of Gippsland East

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Gippsland East
VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Gippsland East District 2014.png
Location of Gippsland East (dark green) in Victoria
StateVictoria
Created1889
MPTim Bull
PartyNational Party
Electors46,335 (2018)
Area27,531 km2 (10,629.8 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The electoral district of Gippsland East is an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It covers most of eastern Victoria and includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Omeo, Maffra and Heyfield. Gippsland East is the state's third largest electorate in area and covers 27,531 square kilometres.[1]

The National Party held the seat without interruption from 1920 to 1999. However at the 1999 election independent candidate Craig Ingram unexpectedly won the seat after receiving preferences from the independent, One Nation and Labor candidates.[2] Ingram's victory affected state politics—Ingram and fellow Independents Susan Davies and Russell Savage contributed to the end of the Kennett era by agreeing to back Labor to form government after the 1999 election.[1] Ingram was also returned in the 2002 and 2006 elections. He was defeated in 2010 by National candidate Tim Bull.

Members for Gippsland East[edit]

Member Party Term
  Henry Foster Unaligned 1889–1902
  James Cameron Ministerialist 1902–1920
  Commonwealth Liberal
  Nationalist
  Sir Albert Lind Farmers Union 1920–1961
  Country
  Bruce Evans Country 1961–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1992
  David Treasure National 1992–1999
  Craig Ingram Independent 1999–2010
  Tim Bull National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

2018 Victorian state election: Gippsland East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Tim Bull 22,438 56.73 −3.63
Labor Mark Reeves 8,589 21.72 +1.35
Liberal Democrats Sonia Buckley 2,507 6.34 +6.34
Greens Deb Foskey 2,455 6.21 −1.76
Independent Matt Stephenson 1,509 3.82 +3.82
Independent George Neophytou 1,210 3.06 +3.06
Independent Benjamin Garrett 842 2.13 +2.13
Total formal votes 39,550 94.25 −0.12
Informal votes 2,411 5.75 +0.12
Turnout 41,961 90.56 −3.02
Two-party-preferred result
National Tim Bull 26,819 67.59 −0.32
Labor Mark Reeves 12,859 32.41 +0.32
National hold Swing −0.32

List of towns in Gippsland East[edit]

Bairnsdale, Boisdale, Briagolong, Bruthen, Buchan, Cann River, Dargo, Ensay, Heyfield, Lakes Entrance, Lindenow, Maffra, Mallacoota, Metung, Newry, Omeo, Orbost, Paynesville, Raymond Island, Stratford, Swan Reach, Swifts Creek and Wy Yung.[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gippsland East". Victoria Votes. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Gippsland East District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ State Election 2018: Gippsland East District, VEC.