Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||3,504 km2 (1,352.9 sq mi)|
|Demographic||Provincial and rural|
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.
The division was created in 1984 and is named after Bert Hinkler, the great pioneer Australian aviator.
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.
|Nationals||1 December 1984 –
11 July 1987
|Labor||11 July 1987 –
13 March 1993
|Nationals||13 March 1993 –
19 July 2010
|Liberal Nationals||19 July 2010 –|
5 August 2013
|Liberal Nationals||7 September 2013 –
|Served as minister under Morrison. Incumbent|
|Liberal National||Keith Pitt||42,720||42.13||−3.90|
|One Nation||Zak Menhennett||8,837||8.71||−6.09|
|United Australia||Kristie Nash||7,417||7.31||+2.93|
|Total formal votes||101,406||96.73||+4.55|
|Liberal National||Keith Pitt||60,918||60.07||−4.43|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||−4.43|
- Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- Hinkler, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.