Division of Kennedy

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Kennedy
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Kennedy 2010.png
Division of Kennedy (green) within Queensland
Created 1901
MP Bob Katter
Party Katter's Australian Party
Namesake Edmund Kennedy
Electors 96,394 (2013)
Area 568,993 km2 (219,689.4 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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.[citation needed]

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.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Charles McDonald Labor 1901–1925
  Grosvenor Francis Nationalist 1925–1929
  Darby Riordan Labor 1929–1936
  Bill Riordan Labor 1936–1966
  Bob Katter, Sr. Country 19661975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1990
  Rob Hulls Labor 1990–1993
  Bob Katter National 1993–2001
  Independent 2001–2011
  Katter's Australian Party 2011–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Kennedy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Noeline Ikin 34,344 40.84 +14.24
Katter's Australian Bob Katter 24,691 29.36 −17.35
Labor Andrew Turnour 13,777 16.38 −3.83
Palmer United George Brazier 6,419 7.63 +7.63
Greens Jenny Stirling 2,727 3.24 −1.25
Family First Dan Vogler 1,064 1.27 −0.73
Independent Chester Tuxford 571 0.68 +0.68
Rise Up Australia Pam Hecht 508 0.60 +0.60
Total formal votes 84,101 94.57 −0.05
Informal votes 4,828 5.43 +0.05
Turnout 88,929 92.26 +0.81
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Noeline Ikin 56,476 67.15 +5.21
Labor Andrew Turnour 27,625 32.85 −5.21
Two-candidate-preferred result
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

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Coordinates: 19°38′02″S 142°05′20″E / 19.634°S 142.089°E / -19.634; 142.089