2001 Profile of the division of Bass

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

Tasmania

Name Derivation:

Named after Dr George Bass (1771–1803), an early settler and explorer.

Area and Location Description:

The City of Launceston and its suburbs, and the towns of Bell Bay, Bridport, George Town, Lilydale, Legana, Ringarooma and Scottsdale, as well as Cape Barren Island, Clarke Island & Flinders Island are in this division.

Products/Industries of the area:

Aluminium & ferrous metal smelting, brewery, cattle (dairy and beef) farming, manufacturing, mining, ports and shipping, ship building, timber, tourism, wineries and wool.

First Proclaimed

1903

Members

  • Michelle O'Byrne (ALP) 1998–
  • W Smith (LP) 1996–98
  • S J Smith (ALP) 1993–96
  • W L Smith (LP) 1984–93
  • K E Newman (LP) 1975–84
  • L H Barnard (ALP) 1954–1975
  • B H Kekwick (LP) 1949–54
  • H C Barnard (ALP) 1934–49
  • J A Guy (ALP/UAP) 1929–34
  • D S Jackson (NAT) 1919–29
  • J A August (ALP) 1910–19
  • D Storrer (PROT) 1903–10

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Provincial

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 65 933

Informal Vote: 3.39%

Turnout: 96.00%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 50.06%
  • LP: 49.94%

Enrolment: 65 178

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.96%
  • Preamble Question 1.12%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 96.02%
  • Preamble Question 96.02%

Enrolment: 65 927

Informal Vote: 4.27%

Turnout: 96.16%

Seat Status: Marginal Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 52.06%
  • LP: 47.94%
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