Division of Kennedy
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Kennedy (green) within Queensland
|Party||Katter's Australian Party|
|Area||568,993 km2 (219,689.4 sq mi)|
The Division of Kennedy is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. The division is notable for its size, relative to other electoral divisions. It covers more than twice the area of the United Kingdom and is larger than Spain.
The division is named after Edmund Kennedy, an explorer in the area where the division is located in Queensland.
Geographically, the electorate is rural. It takes in the Pacific coast of Queensland between Cairns and Townsville, including a small portion of Cairns itself, before sweeping westward to take in most of Queensland's northern outback--a large, increasingly sparsely populated area stretching west to the border with the Northern Territory. The largest population centre in the electorate is the city of Mount Isa, in its far west.
Kennedy was held by the Australian Labor Party for most of the first half of the 20th century. From Federation until 1966, Labor held it for all but two terms. However, since 1966 it has been held by the conservative Katter family—Bob Sr. and his son, Bob Jr.—for all but one term.
At the 2013 election, sitting member Bob, Jr. faced his first serious contest in two decades. He'd gone into the election holding Kennedy with a margin of 18 percent, making Kennedy the second-safest seat in Australia. However, Liberal National candidate Noeline Ikin was well ahead on the primary vote by 10,000 votes. Katter narrowly pulled through and won another term on Labor preferences. He now sits on a margin of 2.19%, meaning he suffered an almost 17% swing against him.
|Bob Katter, Sr.||Country||1966–1975|
|Katter's Australian Party||2011–present|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Kennedy|
|Liberal National||Noeline Ikin||34,344||40.84||+14.24|
|Katter's Australian||Bob Katter||24,691||29.36||−17.35|
|Palmer United||George Brazier||6,419||7.63||+7.63|
|Family First||Dan Vogler||1,064||1.27||−0.73|
|Rise Up Australia||Pam Hecht||508||0.60||+0.60|
|Total formal votes||84,101||94.57||−0.05|
|Liberal National||Noeline Ikin||56,476||67.15||+5.21|
|Katter's Australian||Bob Katter||43,896||52.19||−16.15|
|Liberal National||Noeline Ikin||40,205||47.81||+16.15|
|Katter's Australian hold||Swing||−16.15|