Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Sir Edward Braddon|
|Area||21,369 km2 (8,250.6 sq mi)|
The Division of Braddon is an Australian electoral division in the state of Tasmania. The current MP is Gavin Pearce of the Liberal Party, who was elected at the 2019 federal election.
Braddon is a rural electorate covering approximately 21,369 square kilometres (8,251 sq mi) in the north-west and west of Tasmania, including King Island. The cities of Burnie and Devonport are major population centres in the division. Other towns include Currie, Latrobe, Penguin, Queenstown, Rosebery, Smithton, Somerset, Stanley, Strahan, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan.
The division was created at the Tasmanian redistribution on 30 August 1955, essentially as a reconfigured version of the Division of Darwin. It is named for Sir Edward Braddon, a Premier of Tasmania and one of Tasmania's five original federal members of parliament.
Following the election of the Whitlam government and the period following the Franklin Dam controversy, Braddon became a relatively safe seat for the Liberal Party. In more recent years, the division has usually been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Its most prominent member was Ray Groom. Groom was later to represent Denison in the Tasmanian Parliament 1986–2001 and served as Tasmanian Premier 1992–96.
| Aubrey Luck |
|Liberal|| 10 December 1955 –|
22 November 1958
|Previously held the Division of Darwin. Lost seat|
| Ron Davies |
|Labor|| 22 November 1958 –|
13 December 1975
| Ray Groom |
|Liberal|| 13 December 1975 –|
26 October 1984
|Served as minister under Fraser. Retired. Later elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison in 1986|
| Chris Miles |
|Liberal|| 1 December 1984 –|
3 October 1998
| Sid Sidebottom |
|Labor|| 3 October 1998 –|
9 October 2004
| Mark Baker |
|Liberal|| 9 October 2004 –|
24 November 2007
| Sid Sidebottom |
|Labor|| 24 November 2007 –|
7 September 2013
| Brett Whiteley |
|Liberal|| 7 September 2013 –|
2 July 2016
| Justine Keay |
|Labor|| 2 July 2016 –|
18 May 2019
| Gavin Pearce |
|Liberal|| 18 May 2019 –|
|One Nation||Graham Gallaher||3,879||5.54||+5.54|
|United Australia||Karen Spaulding||2,575||3.68||+3.68|
|Conservative National||Shane Allan||712||1.02||+1.02|
|Total formal votes||69,973||92.92||−1.96|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+4.82|
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