Electoral district of Warrego

Warrego is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland.

QueenslandLegislative Assembly
Electoral map of Warrego 2017
MPAnn Leahy
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeWarrego River
Electors29,158 (2017)
Area307,274 km2 (118,639.2 sq mi)
Coordinates26°52′S 146°9′E / 26.867°S 146.150°E / -26.867; 146.150Coordinates: 26°52′S 146°9′E / 26.867°S 146.150°E / -26.867; 146.150
Electorates around Warrego:
South Australia Gregory Callide
South Australia Warrego Condamine
Southern Downs
South Australia New South Wales New South Wales
2008 Electoral map of Warrego

The electorate lies in the extreme southwest of Queensland, running along the western part of the border with New South Wales. It includes the large town of Dalby, as well as the rural centres of Roma, Charleville, St George and Cunnamulla.


The electoral district of Warrego was created by the Additional Members Act of 1864 which introduced six new single-member electorates.[1] A by-election was held to fill the seat. The nomination date was 18 March 1865 and the election was held on 25 March 1865.[2]

Warrego was, as with the rest of the state, held by independents and loose groupings of members around the government of the day until the first years of the twentieth century, when the partisan system took hold. It then became a stronghold of the centre-left Labor Party, which held it without interruption from 1908 to 1974. The decline of the rural working class gradually changed the demographics of the electorate, however, and it fell to the conservative National Party in 1974, at the height of the popularity of the Bjelke-Petersen government. The National Party significantly increased its hold on the electorate thereafter, and it is today one of the party's safest seats. The current member, Ann Leahy, has held the seat since 2015.

Members for WarregoEdit

Member Party Term
  Frederick Forbes Unaligned 1865–1867
  Graham Mylne Unaligned 1867–1868
  Sir Arthur Hodgson Unaligned 1868–1869
  Sir Thomas McIlwraith Ministerialist 1870–1871
  Archibald Buchanan Ministerialist 1871–1873
  William Henry Walsh Ministerialist 1873–1878
  Ernest James Stevens Independent 1878–1883
  John Donaldson Independent/Ministerialist 1883–1888
  Richard Casey Unaligned 1888–1893
  James Crombie Ministerialist 1893–1898
  William Hood Ministerialist 1898–1899
  David Bowman Labour 1899–1902
  Patrick Leahy Ministerialist/Opposition 1902–1907
  George Barber Labour 1907
  Patrick Leahy Ministerialist/Opposition 1907–1908
  Harry Coyne Labor 1908–1923
  Randolph Bedford Labor 1923–1941
  Harry O'Shea Labor 1941–1950
  John Dufficy Labor 1951–1969
  Jack Aiken Labor 1969–1974
  Neil Turner National 1974–1986
  Howard Hobbs National 1986–2008
  Liberal National 2008–2015
  Ann Leahy Liberal National 2015–present

Election resultsEdit

2017 Queensland state election: Warrego[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Ann Leahy 11,949 47.6 −5.0
Labor Mark O'Brien 5,441 21.7 −4.7
Katter's Australian Rob Loughnan 5,329 21.2 +16.5
Independent Mark Stone 863 3.4 +3.4
Greens Ian Mazlin 775 3.1 +0.3
Independent Sandra Bamberry 732 2.9 +2.9
Total formal votes 25,089 95.8 −2.1
Informal votes 1,100 4.2 +2.1
Turnout 26,189 88.4 −2.8
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal National Ann Leahy 14,917 59.5 −5.0
Katter's Australian Rob Loughnan 10,172 40.5 +40.5
Liberal National hold Swing −5.0


  1. ^ "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860-2017" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Record 2012-2017: The 55th Parliament. Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 27 April 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "NON-INFECTIOUSNESS OF PLEURO-PNEUMONIA". The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser. Toowoomba, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 1 February 1865. p. 4. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  3. ^ 2017 State General Election - Warrego - District Summary, ECQ.

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