Brian Mitchell, since 2016.
Tasmania’s largest seat by area, Lyons includes parts of every region of the state. The seat stretches from the outskirts of Devonport and Launceston in the north to the outskirts of Hobart in the south, as well as the central highlands and the east coast of Tasmania.
Lyons was originally named Wilmot, which was created as a central Tasmanian electorate in 1903. The seat was held by a variety of non-Labor parties up to 1929, when the seat was won by former Premier of Tasmania Joseph Lyons. He left the ALP during his first term in federal Parliament and was elected Prime Minister in 1931 at the head of the new United Australia Party. The ALP won the seat in a 1939 by-election following Lyons’ death, but lost the seat at the 1940 election. The ALP’s Gil Duthie won the seat at the 1946 election, and held the seat until the 1975 election, when he was defeated by the Liberal Party’s Max Burr.
In 1984, the seat was renamed Lyons in honour of the former Prime Minister and his wife Enid, who was the first female member of the House of Representatives. Burr held the renamed seat until 1993, when he retired and the ALP’s Dick Adams won the seat.
Dick Adams held Lyons for the ALP for the next twenty years. At the 2004 election, a 4.5% swing against the ALP made the seat marginal, but in 2007 Adams recovered most of his margin, partly due to conflict in the Liberal Party, with the original Liberal candidate, Ben Quin, resigning and running as an independent after Minister for the Environment Malcolm Turnbull approved the Gunns pulp mill.
Adams gained a further swing of almost 4% at the 2010 election, but in 2013 he was defeated by Liberal candidate Eric Hutchinson, after a 13.5% swing. Hutchinson lost in 2016 to Labor’s Brian Mitchell, who was re-elected in 2019.
Lyons has been a more solid Labor seat and less volatile than its neighbours to the north, with Labor only losing the seat once in the last thirty years. Yet it should be acknowledged that the seat is much more marginal than it was for most of this era, and that the circumstances in 2019 were unusual, with the Liberal candidate being disendorsed and a lot of conservative support swinging behind the Nationals, who made a surprising appearance in the seat due to the temporary presence of a Nationals senator in the state. A more capable Liberal campaign could well win here.
|Tennille Murtagh||One Nation||5,820||8.1||+8.1|
|Michael Warne||United Australia Party||4,365||6.1||+6.1|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas: north, central and south. Lyons covers all or part of twelve council areas, and these council boundaries have been used to divide booths into three areas.
- Central – Break O’Day, Central Highlands, Glamorgan/Spring Bay, Northern Midlands, Southern Midlands.
- North – Kentish, Meander Valley.
- South – Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Sorell, Tasman.
The Labor vote tends to be highest at the southern end of the electorate and gradually decline as you move north. The Labor two-party-preferred vote was a slim 51.3% majority in the centre and a solid 63.9% in the south. The Liberal Party polled 54.1% in the north.
The Nationals polled around 22% in the centre and north and just 11.7% in the more urban south.
The Greens did best in the south and north and less well in the centre.
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