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

Capricornia
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Capricornia 2019.png
Division of Capricornia in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1901
MPMichelle Landry
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeTropic of Capricorn
Electors102,577 (2019)
Area90,903 km2 (35,097.8 sq mi)

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HistoryEdit

 
The Tropic of Capricorn, the division's namesake

The division was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named after the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through the Division. It is located on the central Queensland coast and its centre has always been the city of Rockhampton. On its current boundaries it also includes the town of Yeppoon and Ooralea, a southern suburb of Mackay.

The first election saw Alexander Paterson, with 51% of votes, narrowly elected over the ALP candidate Wallace Nelson. For most of its subsequent history it has been a fairly safe seat for the ALP. This was especially true when Gladstone was part of the seat from 1901 to 1984. Even after Gladstone was redistributed to Hinkler in 1984 (it is now part of Flynn), it remained one of the few non-metropolitan seats where Labor consistently did well. Labor held it for all but two terms from 1961 to 2013, the two exceptions being the high-tide elections of 1975 and 1996. Its best-known member was Frank Forde, who was briefly Prime Minister of Australia in 1945.

Capricornia is currently held by Michelle Landry for the Liberal National Party who in 2016, became the first conservative MP to serve more than one term in the seat since George Pearce.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Alexander Paterson
(1844–1908)
Independent Free Trade 30 March 1901
23 November 1903
Retired
    David Thomson
(1856–1926)
Labour 16 December 1903
12 December 1906
Lost seat
    Edward Archer
(1871–1940)
Anti-Socialist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Was the first MP who chose to make an affirmation rather than swearing an oath. Lost seat. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Normanby in 1914
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
    William Higgs
(1862–1951)
Labor 13 April 1910
January 1920
Previously a member of the Senate. Served as minister under Hughes. Lost seat
  Independent January 1920 –
September 1920
  Nationalist September 1920 –
16 December 1922
    Frank Forde
(1890–1983)
Labor 16 December 1922
28 September 1946
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Rockhampton. Served as minister under Scullin, Curtin and Chifley. Served as Prime Minister in 1945. Lost seat. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Flinders in 1955
    Charles Davidson
(1897–1985)
Liberal 28 September 1946
10 December 1949
Transferred to the Division of Dawson
    George Pearce
(1917–)
Liberal 10 December 1949
9 December 1961
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Menzies. Lost seat. Currently the oldest living former member of the House of Representatives
    George Gray
(1903–1967)
Labor 9 December 1961
2 August 1967
Died in office
    Dr Doug Everingham
(1923–2017)
Labor 30 September 1967
13 December 1975
Served as minister under Whitlam. Lost seat
    Colin Carige
(1938–2002)
National Country 13 December 1975
10 December 1977
Lost seat
    Dr Doug Everingham
(1923–2017)
Labor 10 December 1977
26 October 1984
Retired
    Keith Wright
(1942–2015)
Labor 26 October 1984
1993
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Rockhampton. Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Independent 1993 –
13 March 1993
    Marjorie Henzell
(1948–)
Labor 13 March 1993
2 March 1996
Lost seat
    Paul Marek
(1964–)
Nationals 2 March 1996
3 October 1998
Lost seat
    Kirsten Livermore
(1969–)
Labor 3 October 1998
5 August 2013
Retired
    Michelle Landry
(1962–)
Liberal Nationals 7 September 2013
present
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Capricornia[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Michelle Landry 36,163 40.65 +0.59
Labor Russell Robertson 21,120 23.74 −14.33
One Nation Wade Rothery 15,105 16.98 +16.98
Greens Paul Bambrick 4,307 4.84 +0.12
Katter's Australian George Birkbeck 3,269 3.67 −3.40
United Australia Lindsay Sturgeon 3,250 3.65 +3.65
Independent Ken Murray 2,211 2.49 −2.35
Conservative National Grant Pratt 1,905 2.14 +2.14
Democratic Labour Richard Temple 1,637 1.84 +1.84
Total formal votes 88,967 93.67 −2.76
Informal votes 6,008 6.33 +2.76
Turnout 94,975 92.58 −0.47
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Michelle Landry 55,475 62.35 +11.72
Labor Russell Robertson 33,492 37.65 −11.72
Liberal National hold Swing +11.72

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Capricornia, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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