Electoral division of Murchison

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Murchison
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.

History[edit]

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.

Members[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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