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. Its 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.
Members for Oxley
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
Australian federal election, 2016: Oxley
Party Candidate Votes % ± Labor Milton Dick 38,419 46.09 +2.99 Liberal National Bibe Roadley 26,744 32.08 −6.36 Greens Steven Purcell 7,305 8.76 +3.38 One Nation Brad Trussell 7,023 8.42 +8.42 Family First Carrie McCormack 2,734 3.28 +1.23 Katter’s Australian Stephen Lacaze 1,136 1.36 −0.62 Total formal votes 83,361 95.99 +2.91 Informal votes 3,484 4.01 −2.91 Turnout 86,845 91.42 −2.13 Two-party-preferred result Labor Milton Dick 49,250 59.08 +5.31 Liberal National Bibe Roadley 34,111 40.92 −5.31 Labor hold Swing +5.31