Electoral division of Murchison

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TasmaniaLegislative Council

Map showing the electoral division of Murchison, as of the 2017 periodic review.[1]

State Tasmania
Created 1999
MP Ruth Forrest
Party Independent
Namesake Mount Murchison
Electors 24,145 (May 2017)
Area 19,675 km2 (7,596.6 sq mi)
Coordinates 41°39′54″S 145°20′53″E / 41.665°S 145.348°E / -41.665; 145.348Coordinates: 41°39′54″S 145°20′53″E / 41.665°S 145.348°E / -41.665; 145.348
Map showing the electoral division of Murchison

The electoral division of Murchison is one of the fifteen electorates in the Tasmanian Legislative Council, situated in the western/north-west region of the state. It is the largest electorate in size, covering an area of 19,675 km² and includes the municipalities of Circular Head, King Island, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and part of Burnie City.

Ruth Forrest has been the sitting member for Murchison since 2005, she ran unopposed in 2011, and was re-elected in May 2017. The next scheduled election is in 2023. As of May 2017, there were 24,145 enrolled voters.


The seat of Murchison was created in the redistribution of 1999, and largely replaced the west coast seat of Russell, which had existed since 1885.[2] The electorate is named after Mount Murchison near Rosebery and the Murchison River (Tasmania) which flows through the region.


The elected members for the seat of Murchison have all sat as independents, including those for the former seat of Russell.[2]

Member Party Period
  Tony Fletcher Independent 1999–2005
  Ruth Forrest Independent 2005–present

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  1. ^ Legislative Council Divisions (2016-17 redistribution) from theLIST ©State of Tasmania (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence).
  2. ^ a b Raue, Ben. "Murchison – Tasmania LC 2017". tallyroom.com.au. The Tally Room. Retrieved 6 May 2017.

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