Division of Oxley

The Division of Oxley is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland.

History

John Oxley, the division's namesake

The current division is the second to bear the name, and was created in 1949. The division is named after the Australian explorer, John Oxley. Oxley is located in south east Queensland, and covers the south western suburbs of Brisbane.

The original Division of Oxley was established in 1901, and was abolished and replaced by the Division of Griffith in 1934. The 1949 incarnation's best-known member was Bill Hayden, the Labor Opposition Leader between 1977 and 1983, when he resigned under pressure the same day that the 1983 election which swept Bob Hawke to power was called. Hayden later served as a minister in the Hawke Government before becoming Governor-General in 1988.

In 1996, the seat became most well known for controversial social conservative MP Pauline Hanson who was elected as a Liberal-turned-independent, but the seat was heavily redistributed in 1997, splitting her main support base of Ipswich between Oxley and Blair. In 1998 Hanson contested the seat of Blair, winning 36% of the primary vote but losing to the Liberals (who got 21%) under Australia's system of preferential voting. Hanson's brief tenure is the only time in the last half century that the seat has been out of Labor hands.

Members

Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image.svg Donald Cameron
(1900–1974)
Liberal 10 December 1949
9 December 1961
Served as minister under Menzies. Lost seat
  BillHayden1963.jpg Bill Hayden
(1933-)
Labor 9 December 1961
17 August 1988
Served as minister under Whitlam and Hawke. Served as Opposition Leader from 1977 to 1983. Resigned in order to become Governor-General of Australia
  No image.svg Les Scott
(1947-)
Labor 8 October 1988
2 March 1996
Lost seat
  Pauline Hanson (438351804) (cropped).jpg Pauline Hanson
(1954–)
Independent 2 March 1996
11 April 1997
Lost seat. Later elected to the Senate in 2016
  One Nation 11 April 1997 –
3 October 1998
  Bernie Ripoll MP 2005.jpg Bernie Ripoll
(1966-)
Labor 3 October 1998
9 May 2016
Retired
  No image.svg Milton Dick
(1972-)
Labor 2 July 2016
present
Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Oxley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Milton Dick 38,501 42.53 −3.35
Liberal National Russell Bauer 31,290 34.57 +2.41
Greens Steven Purcell 10,535 11.64 +2.75
One Nation Janet Lindbom 5,701 6.30 −1.93
United Australia Ian Ferguson 2,368 2.62 +2.62
Conservative National Scott Moerland 1,474 1.63 +1.63
Socialist Equality Mike Head 654 0.72 +0.72
Total formal votes 90,523 95.25 −0.75
Informal votes 4,516 4.75 +0.75
Turnout 95,039 91.20 +0.34
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Milton Dick 51,050 56.39 −2.62
Liberal National Russell Bauer 39,473 43.61 +2.62
Labor hold Swing −2.62

References

  1. ^ Oxley, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

Coordinates: 27°36′32″S 152°55′59″E / 27.609°S 152.933°E / -27.609; 152.933