It was one of the few seats to record a swing to the Liberals at the 2002 election. This was primarily due to the presence of a pro-logging independent Labor party candidate who directed his preferences to the Liberal Party. Labor's Brendan Jenkins still won the seat with a 4.9% margin.
Jenkins suffered similar internal dissent at the 2006 election, which again resulted in a former ALP member running against him. However this time Jenkins was not able to retain the seat, losing to Russell Northe from the Nationals.