- Division of Page
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Page (green) within New South Wales
Created: 1984 MP: Janelle Saffin Party: Labor Namesake: Sir Earle Page Area: 16,143 km² (6,233 sq mi) Demographic: Rural
The Division of Page is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in the far north-east of the state, adjoining the border with Queensland and the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It includes the towns of Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Grafton, Tyringham, Bonalbo, Nimbin and Iluka.
The Division is named after Rt Hon Sir Earle Page, the first leader of the Country Party of Australia and the caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after the death of Joseph Lyons in 1939. The Division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 October 1984, and was first contested at the 1984 Federal election. The seat is currently a marginal Labor seat. It is was previously held by Ian Causley, the Deputy Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.
Causley retired at the 2007 election, and was replaced as the National candidate by former Mayor of Maclean Chris Gulaptis. The Labor Party selected Janelle Saffin, a former member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, who took the seat with a swing of around 8%.
Member Party Term Ian Robinson National 1984–1990 Harry Woods Labor 1990–1996 Ian Causley National 1996–2007 Janelle Saffin Labor 2007–present
Australian federal election, 2010: Page Party Candidate Votes % ±% Labor Janelle Saffin 39,043 45.73 +4.05 National Kevin Hogan 36,263 42.47 -0.58 Greens Jeff Johnson 7,325 8.58 +0.47 Independent Doug Behn 1,259 1.47 -0.31 Independent Merle Summerville 896 1.05 +1.05 Democrats Julia Melland 598 0.70 -0.36 Total formal votes 85,384 95.61 -0.09 Informal votes 3,918 4.39 +0.09 Turnout 89,302 94.64 -1.45 Two-candidate preferred result Labor Janelle Saffin 46,273 54.19 +1.83 National Kevin Hogan 39,111 45.81 -1.83 Labor hold Swing +1.83
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