Division of Moreton

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

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Moreton in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPGraham Perrett
NamesakeMoreton Bay
Electors102,758 (2019)
Area109 km2 (42.1 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


Moreton Bay, the division's namesake

The division was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named after Moreton Bay, and originally stretched from southern Brisbane all the way to the Gold Coast.[1] While successive redistributions have left the seat completely landlocked, it has nonetheless retained the name of Moreton, mainly because the Australian Electoral Commission's guidelines on electoral redistributions require it to preserve the names of original electorates where possible.[2]

The seat was in the hands of the Liberal Party and its predecessors for 86 years before Labor regained it in 1990. From then until 2013, it was a bellwether seat, voting for the winning party in every election.

The seat is known for having decided the 1961 federal election. The Liberals only won the seat by 130 votes to give the Coalition a bare one-seat majority; had 93 Communist preferences gone the other way, it would have resulted in a hung parliament.

On its current boundaries, the seat is very multicultural, with significant Asian, South Eastern European, Arab and African population in the southern part of the electorate particularly in the suburbs of Sunnybank, Acacia Ridge, Kuraby and Moorooka.


Moreton is located in south east Queensland, and is based in the southern suburbs of the City of Brisbane. The division includes Archerfield, Chelmer, Fairfield, Graceville, Karawatha, Kuraby, MacGregor, Moorooka, Nathan, Oxley, Robertson, Rocklea, Runcorn, Salisbury, Stretton, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Tennyson, Yeronga, and Yeerongpilly, and parts of Algester, Berrinba, Calamvale, Coopers Plains, Drewvale, Eight Mile Plains, Parkinson, Sherwood, and Tarragindi, Corinda.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    James Wilkinson
Independent Labour 30 March 1901
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Ipswich. Lost seat
  Labour 1904 –
12 December 1906
    Hugh Sinclair
Anti-Socialist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
3 November 1919
    Arnold Wienholt
Nationalist 13 December 1919
6 November 1922
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Fassifern. Retired. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Fassifern in 1930
    Josiah Francis
Nationalist 16 December 1922
7 May 1931
Served as minister under Lyons and Menzies. Retired
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
21 February 1945
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
4 November 1955
    (Sir) James Killen
Liberal 10 December 1955
15 August 1983
Served as minister under Gorton, McMahon and Fraser. Resigned in order to retire from politics
    Don Cameron
Liberal 5 November 1983
24 March 1990
Previously held the Division of Fadden. Lost seat
    Garrie Gibson
Labor 24 March 1990
2 March 1996
Lost seat
    Gary Hardgrave
Liberal 2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Served as minister under Howard. Lost seat
    Graham Perrett
Labor 24 November 2007

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Moreton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Angela Owen 37,011 40.83 +2.99
Labor Graham Perrett 31,864 35.15 −1.60
Greens Patsy O'Brien 15,189 16.76 +3.74
One Nation William Lawrence 3,002 3.31 +3.31
United Australia Jenny-Rebecca Brown 2,015 2.22 +2.22
Conservative National Aaron Nieass 1,561 1.72 +1.72
Total formal votes 90,642 97.00 +1.11
Informal votes 2,799 3.00 −1.11
Turnout 93,441 90.92 −0.79
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Graham Perrett 47,045 51.90 −2.12
Liberal National Angela Owen 43,597 48.10 +2.12
Labor hold Swing −2.12


  1. ^ https://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/fed2016/moreton/
  2. ^ "Guidelines for naming divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  3. ^ Moreton, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 27°33′50″S 153°01′52″E / 27.564°S 153.031°E / -27.564; 153.031