Division of Dawson

Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Dawson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. It was set up in 1949 and is named after Anderson Dawson, the first Labor Premier of Queensland and leader of the first parliamentary socialist government in the world. It is on the North Queensland coast, and includes the towns of Ayr, Bowen, Mackay, Proserpine and parts of Townsville.[1]

Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries (excluding outer islands)
MPAndrew Willcox
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeAnderson Dawson
Electors98,171 (2013)
Area14,945 km2 (5,770.3 sq mi)
Anderson (Andrew) Dawson

Members change

Member Party Term
  Charles Davidson Country 1949–1963
  George Shaw Country 1963–1966
  Rex Patterson Labor 1966–1975
  Ray Braithwaite National 1975–1996
  De-Anne Kelly National 1996–2007
  James Bidgood Labor 2007–2010
  George Christensen Liberal National 2010–present

Rex Patterson won the seat at a by-election for Dawson in 1966 following the death of George Shaw. Patterson became Minister for Northern Development, and later Minister for Agriculture in the Whitlam Government.

Election results change

2022 Australian federal election: Dawson[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Andrew Willcox 40,109 43.33 +0.38
Labor Shane Hamilton 22,650 24.47 +4.19
One Nation Julie Hall 12,289 13.27 +0.18
Greens Paula Creen 6,675 7.21 +2.70
Katter's Australian Ciaron Paterson 5,189 5.61 −0.71
United Australia Christian Young 3,713 4.01 −0.89
Great Australian Jim Jackson 1,948 2.10 +2.10
Total formal votes 92,573 95.86 +2.87
Informal votes 4,001 4.14 −2.87
Turnout 96,574 87.49 −3.30
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Andrew Willcox 55,930 60.42 −4.19
Labor Shane Hamilton 36,643 39.58 +4.19
Liberal National hold Swing −4.19

The sitting member, George Christensen, was elected as a Liberal National, but resigned from the party in 2022, subsequently joining One Nation and contested a Senate seat.

References change

  1. Australian Electoral Commission: Profile of the electoral division of Dawson (Qld) - Australian Electoral Commission
  2. Dawson, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

Other websites change

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