Electoral district of Cairns

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QueenslandLegislative Assembly
QLD - Cairns 2008.png
Cairns (2008—)
State Queensland
MP Gavin King
Party Liberal National
Namesake Cairns

Cairns is an electoral district in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in the state of Queensland, Australia.

The division encompasses the central business district and inner-suburbs of Cairns, in Far North Queensland. Major locations include Bungalow, Manoora, Kanimbla, Earlville and Woree.


Created in 1888, Cairns has historically tended to be a safe Labor seat with a blue-collar economy based on sugar, mining and railways. However, in recent decades such industry has been surpassed in importance by tourism and service industries for wealthier retirees and has grown increasingly marginal. The historic 2012 election saw this seat switch over to the Liberal National Party after being in Labor hands for 108 consecutive years.

Members for Cairns[edit]

Member Party Term
  Frederick Wimble Liberal 1888–1890
  Opposition 1890–1893
  Thomas Joseph Byrnes Ministerial 1893–1896
  Isidor Lissner Ministerial 1896–1899
  Thomas Givens Labor 1899–1902
  James Lyons Conservative 1902–1904
  John Mann Labor 1904–1907
  Kidston 1907–1909
  Independent Opposition 1909–1912
  William McCormack Labor 1912–1930
  John O'Keefe Labor 1930–1942
  Lou Barnes Independent Labor 1942–1947
  Thomas Crowley Labor 1947–1956
  Watty Wallace Labor 1956–1964
  Ray Jones Labor 1965–1983
  Keith De Lacy Labor 1983–1998
  Desley Boyle Labor 1998–2012
  Gavin King Liberal National 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2012: Cairns[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Gavin King 11,632 42.51 +2.76
Labor Kirsten Lesina 7,520 27.48 -18.30
Katter's Australian Darren Hunt 5,125 18.73 +18.73
Greens Geoff Holland 1,946 7.11 -3.85
Independent John Piva 1,141 4.17 +4.17
Total formal votes 27,364 97.68 +0.09
Informal votes 663 2.32 -0.09
Turnout 28,015 87.83 +0.99
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Gavin King 13,573 58.87 +13.02
Labor Kirsten Lesina 9,481 41.13 -13.02
Liberal National gain from Labor Swing +13.02


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