Lyne is a key New South Wales northern coastal electorate with primary industry sectors including beef cattle, dairying, oyster farming and fishing catering to local, national and international markets. Other local enterprises include boat building, timber manufacturing and tourism. Agriculture and employment are key issues in the electorate.
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The Division of Lyne is currently held by National Party MP Dr David Gillespie. Gillespie won the seat from Independent MP Rob Oakeshott at the 2013 federal election.
Gillespie's win saw Lyne return to the National Party, which (and formerly as the Country Party) had safely held the seat since formation in 1949, bar Independent Oakeshott's tenure between 2008 and 2013.
Lyne was represented from 1993 until his retirement in 2008 by Mark Vaile, who served as National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister from 2005 until the 2007 election.
On Vaile's retirement in 2008, Oakesott, a local state Independent and ex-National MP, won the by-election and was easily re-elected in 2010. Oakeshott ensured a memorable place in Australian political history after speaking for 17 minutes before announcing which party he would support to form government following a cliff-hanger election. Oakeshott's decision to support Labor saw the party returned to power.
Oakeshott did not contest Lyne at the 2013 election.
Gillespie's opponents will be hoping the electorate again swings away from the Nationals.
The mid-north NSW coast electorate is home to some of New South Wales’ key agriculture and industrial manufacturers with beef, oyster farming, boat building and timber manufacturing produced for national and international markets.The area's population continues to increase, particularly with retirees seeking a 'sea change'.
Unemployment joins agricultural sustainability and coal seam gas extraction as key election issues.