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The Division of Bowman is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Bowman 2019.png
Division of Bowman in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPAndrew Laming
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeDavid Bowman
Electors109,454 (2019)
Area536 km2 (207.0 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


David Bowman, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1949 and is named for David Bowman, an early leader of the Australian Labor Party, in Queensland. The seat consists of the entirety of Redland City, located in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, and includes the suburbs of Capalaba, Cleveland, Redland Bay, Birkdale, Thorneside, Alexandra Hills, Thornlands, Mount Cotton, Ormiston, Wellington Point and Victoria Point. The division also incorporates various islands of Moreton Bay including Coochiemudlo Island, the inhabited southern Bay Islands (Russell, Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb) and the big tourist destination of North Stradbroke Island.

It is generally a residential electorate with some crops, poultry, various light industries and tourism.

Bowman has traditionally been a highly marginal seat, regularly changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. Notably, the electorate has been won by the party with the largest national two party preferred vote at every election from 1954 to 2001 (except 1990). However, in the 2004 election, an energetic campaign by Dr Andrew Laming, and an electoral redistribution (due to the creation of the new Division of Bonner, leading veteran Bowman MP Con Sciacca to contest this new seat), saw Bowman returned to the Liberal Party by a significant margin (59.12% 2PP). The division was then considered by pollsters such as Antony Green to be a fairly safe Liberal seat.[citation needed]

In the 2007 election, the electorate experienced a strong swing of 8.86% towards the Australian Labor Party; the incumbent Laming held the seat by 0.04%, or 64 votes. This made it second only to McEwen as the most marginal seat in the country, although the 2009 electoral redistribution in Queensland saw the margin notionally reduced further, to effectively 0.005%, making Bowman Australia's most marginal seat at the time.[1] Laming went on to retain the seat comfortably for the Liberal National Party of Queensland in: 2010, regaining ground with a 9.51% swing towards him; 2013, despite a 6.35% swing against him; and 2016, when all parties saw a positive swing in Bowman (for the first time since 1955), due to the absence of a Palmer United Party candidate.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Malcolm McColm
Liberal 10 December 1949
9 December 1961
Lost seat
    Jack Comber
Labor 9 December 1961
30 November 1963
Lost seat
    Dr Wylie Gibbs
Liberal 30 November 1963
25 October 1969
Lost seat
    Len Keogh
Labor 25 October 1969
13 December 1975
Lost seat
    David Jull
Liberal 13 December 1975
5 March 1983
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Fadden in 1984
    Len Keogh
Labor 5 March 1983
5 June 1987
Lost preselection and retired
    Con Sciacca
Labor 11 July 1987
2 March 1996
Served as minister under Keating. Lost seat
    Andrea West
Liberal 2 March 1996
3 October 1998
Lost seat
    Con Sciacca
Labor 3 October 1998
31 August 2004
Did not contest in 2004. Failed to win the Division of Bonner
    Andrew Laming
Liberal 9 October 2004
19 July 2010
  Liberal Nationals 19 July 2010 –

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Bowman[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Andrew Laming 47,866 48.67 −1.10
Labor Tom Baster 26,147 26.59 −5.46
Greens Emerald Moon 11,795 11.99 +2.23
One Nation Glen Wadsworth 7,175 7.30 +7.30
United Australia Shane Clarke 3,540 3.60 +3.60
Conservative National David Anderson 1,816 1.85 +1.85
Total formal votes 98,339 96.60 +0.41
Informal votes 3,465 3.40 −0.41
Turnout 101,804 93.04 +0.38
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Andrew Laming 59,237 60.24 +3.17
Labor Tom Baster 39,102 39.76 −3.17
Liberal National hold Swing +3.17


  1. ^ Hurst, Brian: Time is running out in ALP in Bowman Archived 15 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Bayside Bulletin, 1 February 2010.
  2. ^ Bowman, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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