Division of Fairfax

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Fairfax 2010.png
Division of Fairfax (green) within Queensland
Created 1984
MP Clive Palmer
Party Palmer United
Namesake Ruth Fairfax
Electors 95,467 (2013)
Area 1,036 km2 (400.0 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Fairfax is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1984 and is named after Ruth Fairfax, founder of the Country Women's Association. It is located in the Sunshine Coast region north of Brisbane and includes the towns of Coolum, Maroochydore, Buderim, Nambour, Montville, Kenilworth and Eumundi. It has always been held by a centre-right party.

In the 2013 election, Clive Palmer,, mining magnate and leader of the Palmer United Party, contested and very narrowly won the seat by 36 votes at the first count. This was reduced to 7 votes after a recount of the distribution of preferences.[1] Since the result was determined by less than 100 votes, the Australian Electoral Commission conducted another full recount which Clive Palmer won by 27 votes.


Member Party Term
  Evan Adermann National 1984–1990
  Alex Somlyay Liberal 1990–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2013
  Clive Palmer Palmer United 2013-present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Fairfax
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 34,959 41.32 −8.13
Palmer United Clive Palmer 22,409 26.49 +26.49
Labor Elaine Hughes 15,429 18.24 −9.07
Greens David Knobel 7,046 8.33 −9.67
Katter's Australian Ray Sawyer 1,623 1.92 +1.92
Family First Angela Meyer 1,416 1.67 −3.57
Independent Trudy Byrnes 1,016 1.20 +1.20
One Nation Mike Holt 709 0.84 +0.84
Total formal votes 84,607 94.88 −0.09
Informal votes 4,569 5.12 +0.09
Turnout 89,176 93.41 +0.63
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 52,184 61.68 +4.73
Labor Elaine Hughes 32,423 38.32 −4.73
Two-candidate-preferred result
Palmer United Clive Palmer 42,330 50.03 +50.03
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 42,277 49.97 −7.03
Palmer United gain from Liberal National Swing N/A


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Coordinates: 26°35′10″S 152°53′17″E / 26.586°S 152.888°E / -26.586; 152.888