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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Lyne (green) within New South Wales
Created 1949
MP David Gillespie
Party National
Namesake Sir William Lyne
Electors 97,127 (2013)
Area 11,991 km2 (4,629.8 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
William Lyne

The Division of Lyne is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It was set up in 1949, and named for Sir William Lyne, Premier of New South Wales at the time of Federation and a minister in early Australian governments. Lyne was asked by the first Governor-General, Lord Hopetoun to form the first Federal Government. Lyne did not have the support of other politicians, and so Edmund Barton became the first Prime Minister of Australia.

The division is on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. It includes Port Macquarie, Taree, Wauchope, Laurieton, Wingham, Gloucester and parts of Kempsey.


Member Party Term
  Jim Eggins Country 1949–1952
  Philip Lucock Country 1952–1975
  National Country 1975–1980
  Bruce Cowan National Country 1980–1982
  National 1982–1993
  Mark Vaile National 1993–2008
  Rob Oakeshott Independent 2008–2013 (resigned)
  David Gillespie National 2013–present

Mark Vaile was the leader of the National Party, and Deputy Prime Minister. He retired in July 2008 which caused a by-election. Independent politician Rob Oakeshott won the seat, and after the 2010 election was one of the independents who supported a minority Labor government led by Julia Gillard. Oakeshott retired at the 2013 election.

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