Division of Oxley

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


Member Party Term
  Donald Cameron Liberal 1949–1961
  Bill Hayden Labor 1961–1988
  Les Scott Labor 1988–1996
  Pauline Hanson Independent 1996–1997
  One Nation 1997–1998
  Bernie Ripoll Labor 1998–2016
  Milton Dick Labor 2016–present

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

Results are not final. Last updated 5:45pm AEST on 14 June 2019.


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

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