Electoral district of Southern Downs

Southern Downs is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created in 2001 as a replacement for Warwick.

Southern Downs
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
ECQ-2017-Final-Southern Downs.pdf
Electoral District of Southern Downs 2017
Dates current2001–present
MPJames Lister
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeDarling Downs
Electors35,156 (2017)
Area28,433 km2 (10,978.0 sq mi)
Coordinates28°20′S 150°42′E / 28.333°S 150.700°E / -28.333; 150.700Coordinates: 28°20′S 150°42′E / 28.333°S 150.700°E / -28.333; 150.700
Electorates around Southern Downs:
Warrego Condamine Lockyer
Warrego Southern Downs Scenic Rim
New South Wales New South Wales New South Wales
Electoral map of Southern Downs 2008

The district takes in the southern parts of the Darling Downs region along the New South Wales border. It includes the major towns of Warwick, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi and extends westward almost to St George. It includes a number of smaller communities such as:

Darling Downs has traditionally been a conservative area, and Southern Downs is no exception. It has been a comfortably safe seat for the Liberal National Party and its predecessor, the National Party for its entire existence. Predecessor seat Warwick had been in the hands of a non-Labor party since 1947.

The seat's first member, Lawrence Springborg, transferred from Warwick in 2001. He served as the last leader of the Queensland branch of the National Party for a few months in 2008, having previously served in that post from 2003 to 2006. He served as the first leader of the LNP from 2008 to 2009, and served as leader again from 2015 to 2016. He also served as a minister in the Newman government.

Members for Southern DownsEdit

Member Party Term
  Lawrence Springborg National 2001–2008
  Liberal National 2008–2017
  James Lister Liberal National 2017–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Queensland state election: Southern Downs[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National James Lister 12,797 41.2 −21.6
One Nation Joshua Coyne 6,331 20.4 +20.4
Labor Joel Richters 5,245 16.9 −6.6
Independent Rob Mackenzie 5,042 16.2 +16.2
Greens Antonia van Geuns 1,340 4.3 −2.9
Independent Jay Nauss 300 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 31,055 96.3 −1.7
Informal votes 1,181 3.7 +1.7
Turnout 32,236 90.5 +0.1
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal National James Lister 19,584 63.1 −6.1
One Nation Joshua Coyne 11,471 36.9 +36.9
Liberal National hold Swing −6.1


External linksEdit

  • Green, Antony. "Electorate Profile". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.