Division of Hinkler

Coordinates: 25°10′59″S 152°23′06″E / 25.183°S 152.385°E / -25.183; 152.385
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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Hinkler in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election
MPKeith Pitt
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeBert Hinkler
Electors117,306 (2022)
Area3,504 km2 (1,352.9 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial and rural

The Division of Hinkler is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland.

It includes the city of Bundaberg and its surrounds.


Since 1984, federal electoral division boundaries in Australia have been determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[1]


Bert Hinkler, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named after Bert Hinkler, the great pioneer Australian aviator.

The seat is located in coastal Queensland, including the towns of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Childers, Gayndah and Monto.

The electoral division had previously centred on Gladstone and its surrounding area. On those boundaries, it was a marginal seat that traded hands between the Australian Labor Party and the National Party of Australia. However, after a redistribution in 2006, the Gladstone area, a Labor bastion, was transferred to the Division of Flynn. This seemingly consolidated the Nationals' hold on the seat. While National incumbent Paul Neville was nearly swept out in 2007 due in part to Queensland swinging heavily to Labor under Kevin Rudd, he survived in part due to Gladstone being replaced with conservative-leaning Hervey Bay. He was reelected with a large enough swing in 2010 to turn Hinkler into a safe seat for the merged Liberal National Party.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Bryan Conquest
Nationals 1 December 1984
11 July 1987
Lost seat
  Brian Courtice
Labor 11 July 1987
13 March 1993
Lost seat
  Paul Neville
Nationals 13 March 1993
19 July 2010
  Liberal Nationals 19 July 2010 –
5 August 2013
  Keith Pitt
Liberal Nationals 7 September 2013
Served as minister under Morrison. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Strait from orbit
2022 Australian federal election: Hinkler[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Keith Pitt 42,720 42.13 −3.90
Labor Jason Scanes 23,634 23.31 +0.38
Independent Jack Dempsey 13,236 13.05 +13.05
One Nation Zak Menhennett 8,837 8.71 −6.09
United Australia Kristie Nash 7,417 7.31 +2.93
Greens Andrew McLean 5,562 5.48 +1.76
Total formal votes 101,406 96.73 +4.55
Informal votes 3,431 3.27 −4.55
Turnout 104,837 89.49 −3.21
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Keith Pitt 60,918 60.07 −4.43
Labor Jason Scanes 40,488 39.93 +4.43
Liberal National hold Swing −4.43
Primary vote results in Hinkler (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Liberal National/National
  Australian Democrats
  One Nation
  Palmer United/United Australia Party
Primary vote results in Hinkler (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)


  1. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ Hinkler, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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