Division of Braddon

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Division of Braddon in Tasmania, as of the 2019 federal election.
MP Gavin Pearce
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir Edward Braddon
Electors 79,194 (2019)
Area21,369 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. [1]


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Sir Edward Braddon, the division's namesake

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. [2]


  Aubrey Luck.png Aubrey Luck
Liberal 10 December 1955
22 November 1958
Previously held the Division of Darwin. Lost seat
  RonDavies1966.jpg Ron Davies
Labor 22 November 1958
13 December 1975
Lost seat
  No image.svg 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
  No image.svg Chris Miles
Liberal 1 December 1984
3 October 1998
Lost seat
  No image.svg Sid Sidebottom
Labor 3 October 1998
9 October 2004
Lost seat
  No image.svg Mark Baker
Liberal 9 October 2004
24 November 2007
Lost seat
  No image.svg Sid Sidebottom
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat
  Memorial-unveilings-Burnie-20150331-002-crop.jpg Brett Whiteley
Liberal 7 September 2013
2 July 2016
Lost seat
  No image.svg Justine Keay
Labor 2 July 2016
18 May 2019
Lost seat
  No image.svg Gavin Pearce
Liberal 18 May 2019

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Braddon [3]
Liberal Gavin Pearce 26,51337.89−4.14
Labor Justine Keay 22,43432.06−7.51
Independent Craig Brakey7,61910.89+10.89
One Nation Graham Gallaher3,8795.54+5.54
Greens Phill Parsons3,3844.84−1.99
United Australia Karen Spaulding2,5753.68+3.68
National Sally Milbourne1,6542.36+2.36
Independent Brett Smith1,2031.72+1.72
Conservative National Shane Allan7121.02+1.02
Total formal votes69,97392.92−1.96
Informal votes5,3307.08+1.96
Turnout 75,30395.09+1.44
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Gavin Pearce 37,15153.09+4.82
Labor Justine Keay 32,82246.91−4.82
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +4.82

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  1. "Profile of the electoral division of Braddon (Tas)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Braddon results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC . Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  3. Braddon, TAS, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 41°38′53″S145°24′50″E / 41.648°S 145.414°E / -41.648; 145.414