Division of Brisbane

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Brisbane 2019.png
Division of Brisbane in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPTrevor Evans
PartyLiberal National
Electors107,003 (2016)
Area57 km2 (22.0 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Brisbane is an Australian electoral division in the state of Queensland. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named after the city of Brisbane.

It was in Labor hands for all but five years from 1931 to 2010, and for most of that time was a marginal Labor seat. However, a redistribution ahead of the 2010 election pushed the seat into more conservative-leaning territory east of Breakfast Creek. This helped Liberal National challenger Teresa Gambaro, previously the member for nearby Petrie from 1996 to 2007, take the seat from longtime Labor incumbent Arch Bevis, marking the first time in over a century that Labor had been in government without holding Brisbane. She was reelected in 2013 with an increased majority.

Gambaro did not re-contest the seat at the 2016 election. The contest was historic in that it was the first Australian federal election where both major party candidates in a lower house seat contest were openly gayTrevor Evans for the Liberal Nationals and Pat O'Neill for Labor.[1] Evans retained the seat for the LNP.


On its original boundaries, Brisbane covered all of what is now the northern part of the City of Brisbane, but successive boundary changes cut it back to the inner suburban area. However, between 1913 to 1949 the seat instead covered the inner south-west.

It now extends from the city centre into the western suburbs, and includes the Brisbane CBD, Alderley, Ashgrove, Bowen Hills, Clayfield, Enoggera, Ferny Grove, Fortitude Valley, Gaythorne, Grange, Herston, Kelvin Grove, Keperra, Milton, Mitchelton, New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Red Hill, Spring Hill, Upper Kedron, Wilston, Windsor, parts of Bardon, Everton Park, Paddington and Stafford.

In the 2009 redistribution announced by the Australian Electoral Commission, the suburbs of Hendra, Ascot and Hamilton were included in the seat of Brisbane.


Member Party Term
  Thomas Macdonald-Paterson Protectionist 1901–1903
  Independent 1903–1903
  Millice Culpin Labour 1903–1906
  Justin Foxton Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Finlayson Labor 1910–1919
  Donald Charles Cameron Nationalist 1919–1931
  George Lawson Labor 1931–1961
  Manfred Cross Labor 1961–1975
  Peter Johnson Liberal 1975–1980
  Manfred Cross Labor 1980–1990
  Arch Bevis Labor 1990–2010
  Teresa Gambaro Liberal National 2010–2016
  Trevor Evans Liberal National 2016–present

Election results[edit]

2016 Australian federal election: Brisbane[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Trevor Evans 46,972 49.85 +1.86
Labor Pat O'Neill 24,500 26.00 −4.12
Greens Kirsten Lovejoy 18,279 19.40 +5.06
Liberal Democrats John Humphreys 1,962 2.08 +2.08
Family First Mark Vegar 1,597 1.69 +0.77
Defence Veterans Bridget Clinch 915 0.97 +0.97
Total formal votes 94,225 97.61 +1.49
Informal votes 2,304 2.39 −1.49
Turnout 96,529 90.21 −2.52
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Trevor Evans 52,693 55.92 +1.64
Labor Pat O'Neill 41,532 44.08 −1.64
Liberal National hold Swing +1.64

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brisbane - 2016 election: Antony Green ABC
  2. ^ Brisbane, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°26′17″S 153°01′41″E / 27.438°S 153.028°E / -27.438; 153.028