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

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Groom 2019.png
Division of Groom in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPJohn McVeigh
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeSir Littleton Groom
Electors105,984 (2019)
Area5,586 km2 (2,156.8 sq mi)



Sir Littleton Groom, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 as essentially a reconfigured version of the old Division of Darling Downs. It is named in honour of Sir Littleton Groom, who represented Darling Downs with only one short break from 1901 to 1936 and served as Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

It is located in the rural areas west of Brisbane and is centred on the city of Toowoomba, Australia's second largest inland city. Other centres include Oakey and Pittsworth.

The seat has never elected a Labor member in either of its incarnations. While Toowoomba itself (particularly, the northern suburbs) occasionally votes for Labor, it is nowhere near enough to overcome the conservative bent of the rural areas.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Tom McVeigh
Nationals 1 December 1984
29 February 1988
Previously held the Division of Darling Downs. Resigned in order to retire from politics. Son is John McVeigh
    Bill Taylor
Liberal 9 April 1988
31 August 1998
    Ian Macfarlane
Liberal 3 October 1998
19 July 2010
Served as minister under Howard, Abbott and Turnbull. Retired
  Liberal Nationals 19 July 2010 –
9 May 2016
    John McVeigh
Liberal Nationals 2 July 2016
Previously held Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Toowoomba South. Served as minister under Turnbull and Morrison. Incumbent. Father is Tom McVeigh

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Groom[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National John McVeigh 50,908 53.34 −0.66
Labor Troy Kay 17,811 18.66 −3.54
One Nation David King 12,493 13.09 +13.09
Greens Alyce Nelligan 7,598 7.96 +1.80
United Australia Kenneth Law 3,784 3.96 +3.96
Conservative National Perry Adrelius 2,854 2.99 +2.99
Total formal votes 95,448 96.80 +0.37
Informal votes 3,160 3.20 −0.37
Turnout 98,608 93.05 −0.06
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National John McVeigh 67,274 70.48 +5.17
Labor Troy Kay 28,174 29.52 −5.17
Liberal National hold Swing +5.17


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

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