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Federal Election: Seven weirdest Australian seats

IT'LL go down as one of the weirdest elections in Australian history.

A Senate stalemate sparked a marathon, eight-week election campaign that has ended with both houses facing no clear majority, a disaster for the Coalition and a clear message that voters are fed up with both major parties.

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There are still a number of key seats in contention that could decide the result.

 

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There are also a number of seats with some of the most bizarre names you'll come across.

Here are the seven strangest Australian electorates and some things you may not have known:

BASS

Not just a great sport fish, Bass is also an electorate covering more than 7000 sq km in the north-east of Tasmania.

Named after Dr George Bass, the electorate bears the same name of the famous strait that separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland.

After 15 years of Liberal leadership from 1975-1990 the seat has been a volatile one, with both major parties being thrown in and out ad nauseam since 1993.

BATMAN

NA NA na na na na na na na na na na na Batman!

What a seat to live in. Surely crime would be at a constant low? A 66 sq km electorate in North Melbourne, it's not the caped crusader but the ALP that has been the hero lauded by the city since 1972.

A massive swing against the Labor Party is under way though, with the Greens able to go Kapow!

Labor is expected to hold on in the seat in existence since the early 1900s and named after John Batman.

BURT

IT'S a newly created seat. Hard to tell if you were judging by the name.

Covering more than 170 sq km in south-east Perth, the ABC has predicted Labor to take hold of the division, which sits well and truly in Liberal territory.

Named after the Burt family for their contributions to the justice system and public service.

MAYO

ARGUABLY the finest sandwich condiment of all time. Right up there with Vegemite, peanut butter and Nutella.

It was named after Helen Mayo, the first woman elected to an Australian University Council.

Also an almost-10,000 sq km South Australian electorate taking in the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island and Victor Harbor.

Previously a Liberal stronghold since 1984, sitting member Jamie Briggs has been trounced by Nick Xenophon Team's Rebecca Sharkie.

That's enough to leave a sour taste in Mr Briggs' mouth, a little more tangy than the sweet spread the seat shares a name with.

SCULLIN

WITH a name like this you'd expect it to be named in honour of Bob Hawke, Brendan Fevola or Mel Gibson.

You'd be wrong. The 170 sq km seat in Melbourne's northern suburbs is named after former Labor leader and Prime Minister John Scullin.

A Labor stronghold, this electorate is going nowhere other than the red corner any time soon.

HASLUCK

SITTING MP Ken Wyatt needs luck, and looks to have got it, to ward off the challenge from the ALP in the almost-1200 sq km seat covering the eastern side of Perth.

Now five times larger than it was in 2013 thanks to the redistribution, the electorate stretches along the Great Eastern Highway, incorporating suburbs including Greenmount, Maida Vale and more.

Named after Sir Paul Hasluck, who was defeated by John Gorton in his bid to take over the Liberal leadership following the disappearance of Harold Holt, and his wife, Dame Alexandra Hasluck.

GROOM

NAMED after Sir Littleton Groom. Sir Littleton is not a Downton Abbey character, he was the former MP representing the Darling Downs from 1901 to 1929.

The rich agricultural electorate covers more than 5500 sq km of the Darling Downs, incorporating Toowoomba, Oakey and Pittsworth.

This is blue-dyed, Liberal-National territory, with the Nats, Libs and LNP holding this seat since 1984.

Retiring member Ian Macfarlane looks set to be replaced by former Toowoomba South State MP John McVeigh, who looks set to make the switch successfully from State to Federal politics.


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