Electoral district of Gaven

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Gaven
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
QLD - Gaven 2008.png
Gaven (2008—)
State Queensland
Dates current 2001–present
MP Alex Douglas
Party Palmer United Party
Namesake Gaven Way (a section
of the Pacific Motorway)[1]

Gaven is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created out of the former district of Nerang and the southern segment of Albert in the 2001 redistribution, and is based around the northern growth corridor of the Gold Coast. The current Member of Parliament is Alex Douglas.

History[edit]

Gaven was created as a notionally conservative seat, part of the old South Coast seat held for 14 years by Russ Hinze (commonly known as Sir Joh's "Minister for Everything"), and was contested for the conservative National Party of Australia by the incumbent member for Albert, Bill Baumann, at the 2001 election. However, amidst a statewide landslide victory for the Australian Labor Party, the seat fell to union organiser Robert Poole with a 14.6% swing. The National Party agreed to let their coalition partner, the more urban Liberal Party of Australia contest the seat at the 2004 election, and though they nominated former Gold Coast mayor Ray Stevens, Poole was returned with only a slight swing against him.

Poole became the subject of increasing controversy during his second term, as he spent most of his term out of the state, living with his family in Thailand. This reached its peak in 2006, when Poole revealed that he intended to spend the first half the year in Thailand while he recovered from surgery. A furious Premier Peter Beattie demanded that Poole return or face having his seat formally declared vacant, and Poole reluctantly stepped down in late February.

Facing a highly winnable by-election, the Coalition made the decision to allow the National Party to contest the seat, which bemused some observers, who noted that the party had only polled 2% for the Senate in Gaven's federal booths at the 2004 federal election.

The 2006 state election saw Alex Douglas and Phil Gray once again running against each other, with the Queensland Greens being represented by Glen Ryman. Phil Gray won the seat by an 8% swing, with an absolute majority of primary votes.

The 2009 state election saw Douglas and Gray pitted against each other for the third consecutive time. On this occasion, Douglas, running under the banner of the newly formed Liberal National Party, narrowly emerged as the victor.[2]

Members for Gaven[edit]

Member Party Term
  Robert Poole Labor 2001–2006
  Alex Douglas National 2006–2006
  Phil Gray Labor 2006–2009
  Alex Douglas Liberal National 2009–2012
Independent 2012–2013
Palmer United Party 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2012: Gaven[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Alex Douglas 15,175 55.16 +13.23
Labor Michael Riordan 6,289 22.86 -16.94
Katter's Australian Brian Zimmerman 2,413 8.77 +8.77
Greens Stephen Power 1,536 5.58 -1.43
Family First Bibe Roadley 1,298 4.72 +2.10
Independent Penny Toland 799 2.90 +2.90
Total formal votes 27,510 97.00 -0.25
Informal votes 850 3.00 +0.25
Turnout 28,360 89.54 -0.65
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Alex Douglas 16,471 69.10 +18.38
Labor Michael Riordan 7,365 30.90 -18.38
Liberal National hold Swing +18.38

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