Electoral district of Mundingburra

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QueenslandLegislative Assembly
QLD - Mundingburra 2008.png
Mundingburra (2008—)
State Queensland
MP David Crisafulli
Party Liberal National
Namesake Mundingburra

Mundingburra is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It is currently held by Liberal National Party MP and Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli.


The seat is one of four within the Townsville urban area in North Queensland. Significant utilities within the Mundingburra electorate are the Townsville Hospital, the Douglas Campus of James Cook University and Stockland Shoppingcentre. Suburbs of the Electorate include; Heatley, Cranbrook, Aitkenvale, Mundingburra, Vincent, Douglas, Annandale, Gulliver, Mysterton, Rosslea, part of Kirwan and Pimlico north of the Ross River.[1][2]

Mundingburra Electorate is bordered by the Burdekin (South), Townsville (North and East) and Thuringowa (West) Electorates.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

The first incarnation of the Mundingburra electorate was created at the 1911 redistribution, encompassing parts of the former electorates of Herbert and Bowen. It was a historically Labor seat, but from 1944 onwards was held by North Queensland Labor Party MP Tom Aikens. It changed significantly in a 1949 redistribution, and was abolished in 1959, with most of the district becoming part of the new Townsville South electorate.

It was recreated for the 1992 state election, and won by Labor candidate Ken Davies, who became Minister for Emergency Services and Consumer Affairs in the Goss government. Davies was re-elected in 1995 in an extremely close race that was overturned by the Court of Disputed Returns in 1996, resulting in a by-election and the loss of Labor's one-seat majority. Davies lost preselection for the by-election and ran as an independent, and Liberal candidate Frank Tanti won the seat, and Queensland experienced a rare mid-term change of government. Tanti was defeated at the 1998 state election by Lindy Nelson-Carr, who would go on to become a senior minister in the Beattie and Bligh governments. Nelson-Carr retired at the 2012 state election, and Labor lost the seat to Liberal National Party candidate David Crisafulli. He is currently Minister for Local Government in the Newman government.

1996 by-election[edit]

The Mundingburra electoral district attracted national attention and headlines in early 1996 with a by-election called after the Court of Disputed Returns declared the result in the seat from July 1995 election void. The result had taken over a week to determine and ended up with the incumbent member, Ken Davies of the Labor Party, winning by 16 votes.[4] This gave the Goss government a one-seat majority in Parliament - 45 seats to the Coalition's 43 and one conservative-leaning independent, Liz Cunningham. Davies was subsequently appointed as Minister for Emergency Services and Consumer Affairs.

The Liberals challenged the result in August and on 8 December, the court ordered a new election, partly on the basis that administrative difficulties had deprived several military personnel serving in Rwanda of their vote. It was generally understood that the fate of the Goss government likely rested on the result, and Goss himself was prominent in it, announcing amongst other things a A$1 billion Korean zinc smelter for Townsville and asking voters to end the uncertainty "bedevilling" the Queensland political system. An expected federal election in March 1996 where the unpopular Keating Government (also Labor) would face the voters was a key feature in the background.[5]

Things became somewhat chaotic when Labor, on the basis of internal polling data and a legal case between Davies and the Commonwealth Bank, decided to drop Davies as its endorsed candidate, selecting Tony Mooney, the mayor of Townsville in his place. Davies reacted angrily, ultimately running as an independent and generating a considerable level of media publicity. A total of 12 candidates supporting a raft of causes ended up nominating by the draw of ballot papers on 12 January. On 25 January, Keating called the federal election for 2 March, which Goss described as an "outside distraction".[5]

Contradictory polls generally suggested the Coalition would win, although a late poll by AGB McNair two days before polling day suggested Labor could still win. However, on the day, a swing of 2.83% to the Liberals saw their candidate Frank Tanti, a shop manager and committed Christian who had run a low-level doorknocking campaign for months, win the by-election. Within days, it became clear that Independent Liz Cunningham would support the Coalition, and the Goss government resigned, allowing Rob Borbidge to form a minority government which lasted until the 1998 election. At that election, Labor, under Peter Beattie, won back both Mundingburra and governing party status.[5]

Members for Mundingburra[edit]

First incarnation (1912–1960)
Member Party Term
  Thomas Foley Labor 1912–1920
  John Dash Labor 1920–1944
  Tom Aikens North Queensland Labor 1944–1960
Second incarnation (1992–present)
Member Party Term
  Ken Davies Labor 1992–1995
  Frank Tanti Liberal 1996–1998
  Lindy Nelson-Carr Labor 1998–2012
  David Crisafulli Liberal National 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2012: Mundingburra[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Crisafulli 11,069 43.34 +5.54
Labor Mark Harrison 6,569 25.72 -22.68
Katter's Australian David Moyle 5,875 23.00 +23.00
Greens Bret Fishley 1,283 5.02 -3.64
Family First Michael Waters 745 2.92 -0.63
Total formal votes 25,541 97.65 +0.09
Informal votes 614 2.35 -0.09
Turnout 26,155 89.89 +0.84
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National David Crisafulli 12,924 60.19 +16.78
Labor Mark Harrison 8,547 39.81 -16.78
Liberal National gain from Labor Swing +16.78


  1. ^ "ABC Electorate guide". Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Team Beattie Electorate guide". Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Electoral Commission of Queensland map of Electorate". Retrieved 2006-12-15. 
  4. ^ "Newman, Gerard, Queensland election 1995. Aust Parliamentary Library research note Number 28". Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  5. ^ a b c Wanna, John (December 1996). "Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 1996". Australian Journal of Politics and History 42 (3): 419–421. ISSN 0004-9522. 
  6. ^ http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/state/State2012/results/booth61.html

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