2001 Profile of the division of Lyons

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after Joseph Aloysius (1879–1939) and Dame Enid Lyons (1897–1981). Joseph Lyons was Prime Minister of Australia (1932–1939). Dame Enid was the first woman elected to the House of Representatives in 1943 and the first woman to reach Cabinet rank as Vice-President of the Executive Council in 1949.

Area and Location Description:

It has an area of approximately 40 604 sq km and is the largest division in Tasmania covering most of the State from the west to the east coasts and from Beaconsfield township in the north to New Norfolk and the Tasman Peninsula region in the south.

The main towns include Beaconsfield, Brighton, Deloraine, Dodges Ferry, Evandale, Exeter, Hadspen, Longford, Midway Point, New Norfolk, Perth, Queenstown, Richmond, St Helens, Sheffield, Sorell and Westbury.

Products/Industries of the area:

Fishing, forestry, wool, cattle (dairy and beef), fruit, wine, hydro-power generation, mining and tourism.

First Proclaimed



  • Dick Adams (ALP) 1993–
  • M A Burr (LP) 1984–93

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating


Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 68 639

Informal Vote: 3.21%

Turnout: 96.62%

Seat Status: Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 60.61%
  • LP: 39.39%

Enrolment: 68 485

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.88%
  • Preamble Question 1.04%


  • Republic Question 96.65%
  • Preamble Question 96.67%

Enrolment: 62 942

Informal Vote: 3.54%

Turnout: 96.18%

Seat Status:Fairly Safe Labor

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 58.17%
  • LP: 41.83%