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Division of McPherson

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

McPherson
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of McPherson 2019.png
Division of McPherson in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1949
MPKaren Andrews
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeMcPherson Range
Electors109,233 (2019)
Area229 km2 (88.4 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial

HistoryEdit

 
McPherson Range, a region in Queensland from which the division takes its name

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.

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.

MembersEdit

Image Member Party Term Notes
    (Sir) Arthur Fadden
(1894–1973)
Country 10 December 1949
14 October 1958
Previously held the Division of Darling Downs. Former Prime Minister. Retired
    Charles Barnes
(1901–1998)
Country 22 November 1958
2 November 1972
Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton and McMahon. Retired
    Eric Robinson
(1929–1981)
Liberal 2 December 1972
7 January 1981
Served as minister under Fraser. Died in office
    Peter White
(1936–2005)
Liberal 21 February 1981
19 February 1990
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Southport. Retired
    John Bradford
(1946–)
Liberal 24 March 1990
7 April 1998
Did not contest in 1998. Failed to win a Senate seat
  Christian Democratic 7 April 1998 –
31 August 1998
    Margaret May
(1950–)
Liberal 3 October 1998
19 July 2010
Retired
    Karen Andrews
(1960–)
Liberal Nationals 21 August 2010
present
Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: McPherson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Karen Andrews 44,634 48.24 −5.05
Labor Aaron Santelises 21,138 22.85 −3.15
Greens Alan Quinn 10,167 10.99 +0.71
One Nation John Spellman 5,421 5.86 +5.86
Liberal Democrats Scott Crowe 3,222 3.48 +3.48
United Australia Fiona Mackenzie 3,078 3.33 +3.33
Animal Justice Renee Stewart 2,367 2.56 +2.56
Independent Michael Kaff 1,648 1.78 +1.78
Conservative National Sean Gaffy 846 0.91 +0.91
Total formal votes 92,521 93.67 −1.86
Informal votes 6,250 6.33 +1.86
Turnout 98,771 90.40 +0.91
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Karen Andrews 57,545 62.20 +0.56
Labor Aaron Santelises 34,976 37.80 −0.56
Liberal National hold Swing +0.56

ReferencesEdit

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

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