Electoral district of Cook
|Area||196,805 km2 (75,986.8 sq mi)|
Cook covers the vast Cape York Peninsula north of Cairns, including the resort town of Port Douglas and the Torres Strait Islands. It is named after British navigator James Cook, who charted the coast and landed on Possession Island – one of the Torres Strait islands – in 1770.
In the 1883 Queensland colonial election, there were four candidates for the (then) two-member electorate. They were:
- Thomas Campbell
- Frederick Cooper (one of the sitting members)
- John Hamilton
- Charles Lumley Hill (a former member in Gregory)
Cooper and Hamilton were elected,  but there were allegations of "ballot stuffing", specifically that there were too many votes cast at the California Gully and Halpin's Creek polling stations given the number of electors. The unsuccessful candidates, Campbell and Hill, petitioned to overturn the ballot. In December 1883, arrests were made in connection with the ballot stuffing. On 4 March 1884, the Elections and Qualifications Committee determined that Frederick Cooper should not be elected and that Thomas Campbell should be elected instead.
At the 1888 Queensland colonial election, Cook returned to being a single-member electorate. Of the two sitting members, Hamilton contested the seat but Hill did not, saying that he was retiring from politics. However, Hill did not retire, but instead contested the election in Port Curtis, but he was unsuccessful. Hamilton was elected in Cook.
Members for Cook
|First incarnation (1876–1878, 1 member)|
|William Edward Murphy||Unaligned||1876–1878|
|Second incarnation (1878–1888, 2 members)|
|Charles Lumley Hill||Unaligned||1885–1888|
|Third incarnation (1888–1950, 1 member)|
|Henry Douglas||Ministerialist / Opposition /
Independent Opposition /
Ministerialist / Liberal
|James Kenny||Country and Progressive National||1929–1935|
|Fourth incarnation (1953–present, 1 member)|
|David Kempton||Liberal National||2012–2015|
|Queensland state election, 2015: Cook|
|Liberal National||David Kempton||8,424||33.64||−3.87|
|Katter's Australian||Lee Marriott||3,134||12.52||−9.83|
|Palmer United||Jason Booth||1,678||6.70||+6.70|
|Total formal votes||25,040||98.05||−0.44|
|Liberal National||David Kempton||9,540||43.23||−10.20|
|Labor gain from Liberal National||Swing||+10.20|
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- 2015 State General Election - Cook - District Summary, ECQ.
- Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)
- "ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF COOK.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 5 December 1931. p. 11. — 1931 history of the electorate