Origin of name
The Division of Bass takes its name from Dr George Bass (1771-1803), an early settler and explorer.
Bass encompasses the North-East corner of Tasmania. The main centres are the City of Launceston and its suburbs, and the towns of Branxholm, Bridport, Derby, Gladstone, Hadspen, Lilydale, Legana, Ringarooma and Scottsdale. Cape Barren Island, Clarke Island and Flinders Island are also in the division.
7,497 sq km
Number of electors on the Tasmanian Electoral Roll
71,305 (as at 19 February 2010)
The Division of Bass is both a House of Assembly and a federal House of Representatives electorate.
Current Member in the House of Representatives
Geoff Lyons (Australian Labor Party)
Current Members in the House of Assembly
Kim Booth (Tasmanian Greens)
Michael Ferguson (Liberal Party)
Peter Gutwein (Liberal Party)
Michelle O’Byrne (Australian Labor Party)
Brian Wightman (Australian Labor Party)
At the 2010 House of Assembly Election
Electors enrolled: 71,305
Electors voted: 66,860 (93.77%)
Informal votes: 3,162 (4.43%)
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