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Division of McPherson

The Division of McPherson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1948 and is named after the McPherson Range, which forms one of the divisional boundaries. McPherson is located in south east Queensland, and originally included the entire Gold Coast region, stretching as far as the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs. However, the area's dramatic population growth saw the seat shrink with successive redistributions, culminating in 1983 when most of its northern portion became Moncrieff.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of McPherson in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPKaren Andrews
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeMcPherson Range
Electors103,761 (2016)
Area230 km2 (88.8 sq mi)

It now serves the southern portion of the Gold Coast, including Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Tugun and Palm Beach.

It has always been held by a conservative party. Indeed, most of the area has been represented by centre-right MPs without interruption since 1906; before 1949, most of the Gold Coast was part of Moreton. Originally a Country Party bastion, urbanisation has turned it into a Liberal stronghold.



Election resultsEdit

Australian federal election, 2016: McPherson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Karen Andrews 47,284 53.29 +3.13
Labor Sandy Gadd 23,069 26.00 +3.25
Greens Peter Burgoyne 9,119 10.28 +3.42
Family First Simon Green 5,404 6.09 +2.37
Independent Rob Jones 3,850 4.34 +4.34
Total formal votes 88,726 95.53 +0.74
Informal votes 4,151 4.47 −0.74
Turnout 92,877 89.51 −3.10
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Karen Andrews 54,687 61.64 −1.36
Labor Sandy Gadd 34,039 38.36 +1.36
Liberal National hold Swing −1.36


  1. ^ McPherson, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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