Division of Leichhardt
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Leichhardt (green) within Queensland
|Area||148,988 km2 (57,524.6 sq mi)|
The Division of Leichhardt is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was first proclaimed in 1949. It is one of Australia's largest electorates, covering an area stretching from Cairns to Cape York and the Torres Strait, including the Torres Strait Islands.
The division is named after Ludwig Leichhardt, an explorer and scientist.
Most of the electorate is almost uninhabited except for small Aboriginal communities, but the extreme southeast, consisting of the northern half of the Wet Tropics, with rich volcanic soils instead of the extraordinarily infertile lateritic sands and gravels of Cape York proper, is quite densely populated and includes urban Cairns. There are small, intensive sugar cane, banana and mango farms in this region, though they are prone to damage from droughts and cyclones.
|Warren Entsch||Liberal National||2010–present|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Leichhardt|
|Liberal National||Warren Entsch||38,795||45.26||−2.14|
|Palmer United||Bruce Gibson||7,326||8.55||+8.55|
|Katter's Australian||George Ryan||3,677||4.29||+4.29|
|Family First||Frank Miles||1,876||2.19||+0.36|
|Rise Up Australia||Dale Edwards||476||0.56||+0.56|
|Total formal votes||85,716||94.55||+0.46|
|Liberal National||Warren Entsch||47,725||55.68||+1.13|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||+1.13|