Division of Maranoa

The Division of Maranoa is an Australian electoral division in Queensland.

Maranoa
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Maranoa 2019.png
Division of Maranoa in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1901
MPDavid Littleproud
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeMaranoa River
Electors105,043 (2019)
Area729,897 km2 (281,814.8 sq mi)
DemographicRural

HistoryEdit

 
The Maranoa River, the division's namesake

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named after the Maranoa River, which runs through the division. Located in the mostly rural southwestern portion of the state, towns located in Maranoa include Charleville, Cunnamulla, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Winton and Warwick.

Maranoa is a comfortably safe seat for The Nationals; it was the first Queensland seat won by that party. Originally a safe Labor seat, it has been in National hands for all but three years since the 1921 by-election, and without interruption since 1943. Maranoa was taken by the then-Country Party in 1943 despite a landslide Labor victory nationally—one of only seven seats won by the Country Party. At the 2016 and 2019 federal elections, One Nation overtook Labor for second place after preferences were distributed.

Presently, Maranoa is the Coalition's safest seat; Littleproud sits on a majority of 22 percent against One Nation and 25 percent against Labor.

The seat was nicknamed the 'Kingdom of Maranoa' by John Howard after it returned the highest 'No' vote in the 1999 referendum on Australia becoming a republic. The seat's then MP put the result down to the electorate being "well informed".[1]

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    Jim Page
(1861–1921)
Labor 30 March 1901
3 June 1921
Served as Chief Government Whip in the House under Fisher and Hughes. Died in office
    James Hunter
(1882–1968)
Country 30 July 1921
27 August 1940
Served as minister under Lyons. Retired
    Frank Baker
(1873–1959)
Labor 21 September 1940
21 August 1943
Lost seat
    Charles Adermann
(1896–1979)
Country 21 August 1943
10 December 1949
Transferred to the Division of Fisher
    Charles Russell
(1907–1977)
Country 10 December 1949
7 October 1950
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Dalby. Lost seat
  Independent 7 October 1950 –
28 April 1951
    Wilfred Brimblecombe
(1898–1973)
Country 28 April 1951
31 October 1966
Retired
    James Corbett
(1908–2005)
Country 26 November 1966
2 May 1975
Retired
  National Country 2 May 1975 –
19 September 1980
    Ian Cameron
(1938–)
National Country 18 October 1980
16 October 1982
Retired
  Nationals 16 October 1982 –
19 February 1990
    Bruce Scott
(1943–)
Nationals 24 March 1990
19 July 2010
Served as minister under Howard. Served as Deputy Speaker under Gillard, Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull. Retired
  Liberal Nationals 19 July 2010 –
9 May 2016
    David Littleproud
(1976–)
Liberal Nationals 2 July 2016
present
Served as minister under Turnbull. Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Maranoa[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Littleproud 51,950 56.00 +6.81
Labor Linda Little 14,427 15.55 −2.72
One Nation Rosemary Moulden 13,564 14.62 −3.20
Katter's Australian Anthony Wallis 4,245 4.58 −0.20
United Australia Julie Saunders 3,367 3.63 +3.63
Greens Emmeline Chidley 3,177 3.43 +0.03
Conservative National Darren Christiansen 2,030 2.19 +2.19
Total formal votes 92,760 96.05 +1.58
Informal votes 3,813 3.95 −1.58
Turnout 96,573 91.93 −0.71
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National David Littleproud 69,961 75.42 +7.88
Labor Linda Little 22,799 24.58 −7.88
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal National David Littleproud 67,239 72.49 +6.63
One Nation Rosemary Moulden 25,521 27.51 −6.63
Liberal National hold Swing +6.63

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Coordinates: 25°48′25″S 144°43′05″E / 25.807°S 144.718°E / -25.807; 144.718