Profile of the electoral division of Bass (Tas)

Updated: 18 July 2016
State/Territory:
Tasmania
Date this name and boundary was gazetted:
14 November 2017
First election this name was used at:
1903 federal election
First election this boundary was used at:
The next federal general election following the 2016 federal election
Maps and data
A4 map of the Division of Bass (2016) [PDF 10.97MB]
Download Tasmanian GIS data
Name Derivation:
Named in honour of George Bass, 1771–1803. Bass was a surgeon, scientist and explorer who was one of those responsible for the early geographical investigation of the Australian coast. Bass’ explorations included the islands in Bass Strait, Tamar estuary, Derwent estuary and Mount Wellington.
Area
7,975.96 sq km
Location description

The Division of Bass is located on Launceston and consists of the:

  • City of Launceston
  • Municipality of Dorset
  • Municipality of Flinders Island
  • Municipality of George Town
  • Municipality of West Tamar

The Division of Bass includes Flinders Island.

Products/Industries of the Area:
Aluminium and ferrous metal smelting, brewery, cattle (dairy and beef) farming, manufacturing, mining, ports and shipping, ship building, timber, tourism, fishing, wineries and wool.
Demographic Rating:
Provincial – outside capital cities, but with a majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
Members:
Hart, R (ALP) 2016–
Nikolic, A (LP) 2013–2016
Lyons, G (ALP) 2010–2013
Campbell, J (ALP) 2007–2010
Ferguson, M (LP) 2004–2007
O'Byrne, M (ALP) 1998–2004
Smith, W L (LP) 1996–1998
Smith, S J (ALP) 1993–1996
Smith, W L (LP) 1984–1993
Newman, K E (LP) 1975–1984
Barnard, L H (ALP) 1954–1975
Kekwick, B H (LP) 1949–1954
Barnard, H C (ALP) 1934–1949
Guy, J A (ALP/UAP) 1929–1934
Jackson, D S (NAT) 1919–1929
Jensen, J A (ALP) 1910–1919
Storrer, D (PROT) 1903–1910
AEC Divisional Office:
Divisional Office contact details
Further information:
2016 federal election – House of Representatives results for Bass
2013 federal election – House of Representatives results for Bass
2010 federal election – House of Representatives results for Bass
2007 federal election – House of Representatives results for Bass
2004 federal election – House of Representatives results for Bass
2016 divisional profile
For supporti 2013 divisional profile
For supporting information, see Party codes, demographic ratings and seat status.