Electoral district of Burnett

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For the former New South Wales state electorate, see Electoral district of Burnett (New South Wales).
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
QLD - Burnett 2008.png
Burnett (2008—)
State Queensland
MP Stephen Bennett
Party Liberal National
Namesake Burnett River

Burnett is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in central Queensland, Australia.

It covers most of the coastal region south of Gladstone, as well as coastal and inland regions around Bundaberg. Towns within its boundaries include Miriam Vale, Agnes Water, Rosedale, Bargara, Woodgate and Childers. The Burnett River flows through the electoral district, hence its name.

Members for Burnett[edit]

First incarnation (1860–1873, 2 members)
Member Party Term
  Charles Robert Haly Squatter-conservative 1860–1863
  Robert Mackenzie Squatter-conservative 1860–1869
  John Edwards Squatter-conservative 1863–1865
  Charles Robert Haly Squatter-conservative 1865–1867
  Ratcliffe Pring Squatter-conservative 1867–1870
  Charles Robert Haly Squatter-conservative 1869–1871
  Berkeley Basil Moreton Independent Liberal 1870–1871
  John Bramston Squatter-conservative 1871–1873
  Walter Scott Squatter-conservative 1871–1873
Second incarnation (1873–1932, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Francis Jeffrey Ivory Squatter-conservative 1873–1878
  William Henry Baynes McIlwraith conservative 1878–1883
  Berkeley Basil Moreton Liberal 1883–1888
  George Hall Jones Unaligned 1888–1891
  James John Cadell Conservative 1891–1896
  William McCord Conservative 1896–1898
  William John Ryott Maughan Labor 1898–1899
  William Kent Ministerialist 1899–1904
  Alfred Jones Labor 1904–1909
  Robert Hodge Ministerialist 1909–1912
  Bernard Corser Ministerialist/Liberal/Nationalist 1912–1928
  Robert Boyd Country and Progressive National 1928–1932
Third incarnation (1960–present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Claude Wharton Country 1960–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1986
  Doug Slack National 1986–2001
  Trevor Strong Labor 2001–2004
  Rob Messenger National 2004–2008
  Liberal National 2008–2010
  Independent 2010–2012
  Stephen Bennett Liberal National 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2012: Burnett[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Stephen Bennett 11,368 40.01 -16.64
Independent Rob Messenger 6,821 24.00 +24.00
Labor Stuart Tomlinson 4,618 16.25 -18.39
Katter's Australian Kevin Pauling 4,542 15.98 +15.98
Greens David Eastland 1,066 3.75 -1.23
Total formal votes 28,415 97.91 -0.16
Informal votes 608 2.09 +0.16
Turnout 29,023 91.88 -0.19
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal National Stephen Bennett 13,110 58.50 -2.60
Independent Rob Messenger 9,302 41.50 +41.50
Liberal National hold Swing N/A


  • Waterson, Duncan Bruce: Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929 (second edition), Sydney 2001.
  • Waterson, Duncan Bruce: Biographical register of the Queensland Parliament 1930-1980 w.an outline of Queensland electorates 1859-1980 / D.B. Waterson and John Arnold

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