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
State Victoria
Created 1889
MP Tim Bull
Party National Party
Electors 43,113 (2014)
Area 27,531 km2 (10,629.8 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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
  Sir Albert Lind Farmers Union 1920–1961
  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]

Victorian state election, 2014: Gippsland East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Tim Bull 22,984 60.4 +15.2
Labor Kate Maxfield 7,754 20.4 +12.9
Greens Scott Campbell-Smith 3,035 8.0 +2.7
Country Alliance David Hutchison 1,436 3.8 +1.2
Independent Leigh McDonald 929 2.4 +2.4
Independent Peter Gardner 763 2.0 +2.0
Independent Peter McKenzie 644 1.7 +1.7
Rise Up Australia Jenny Jack 531 1.4 +1.4
Total formal votes 38,076 94.4 −2.4
Informal votes 2,270 5.6 +2.4
Turnout 40,346 93.6 +1.0
Two-party-preferred result
National Tim Bull 25,954 67.9 −5.2
Labor Kate Maxfield 12,263 32.1 +5.2
National hold Swing −5.2

List of towns in Gippsland East[edit]

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

External links[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.