Division of Leichhardt

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Leichhardt 2010.png
Division of Leichhardt (green) within Queensland
Created 1949
MP Warren Entsch
Party Liberal National
Namesake Ludwig Leichhardt
Electors 99,402 (2013)
Area 148,988 km2 (57,524.6 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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.

As of the 2010 election, the electorate of Leichhardt is no longer a bellwether seat. It was a bellwether seat from the election of 1972 to 2010.


Member Party Term
  Tom Gilmore Country 1949–1951
  Harry Bruce Labor 1951–1958
  Bill Fulton Labor 1958–1975
  David Thomson National 1975–1983
  John Gayler Labor 1983–1993
  Peter Dodd Labor 1993–1996
  Warren Entsch Liberal 1996–2007
  Jim Turnour Labor 2007–2010
  Warren Entsch Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Leichhardt
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Warren Entsch 38,795 45.26 −2.14
Labor Billy Gordon 27,920 32.57 −2.09
Palmer United Bruce Gibson 7,326 8.55 +8.55
Greens Johanna Kloot 5,646 6.59 −2.47
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
Informal votes 4,939 5.45 −0.46
Turnout 90,655 91.20 +0.10
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Warren Entsch 47,725 55.68 +1.13
Labor Billy Gordon 37,991 44.32 −1.13
Liberal National hold Swing +1.13


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Coordinates: 14°21′25″S 143°07′16″E / 14.357°S 143.121°E / -14.357; 143.121