Electoral district of Yeerongpilly

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Yeerongpilly
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
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Yeerongpilly (2008—)
State Queensland
Dates current 2001–present
MP Carl Judge
Party Palmer United Party
Namesake Yeerongpilly

Yeerongpilly is a Legislative Assembly electorate the state of Queensland. Named for the suburb with the same name, the electorate was renamed before the 2001 elections, from the previous name of Yeronga. The current member is Carl Judge, who was elected for the Liberal National Party at the 2012 state election, but quit the party to sit as an independent in November that year, and joined the Palmer United Party on 30 April 2013.[1]

Geography[edit]

Yeerongpilly is bordered by the Brisbane River and Oxley Creek to the north and west, while the electoral districts of Greenslopes, Mansfield, South Brisbane and Sunnybank border it on the east and south. The division includes suburbs in Brisbane's inner south, including Annerley, Fairfield, Moorooka, Nathan, Rocklea, Salisbury, Tarragindi, Yeronga, and Yeerongpilly. Many landmarks, including the Nathan campus of Griffith University and the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre fall in the electorate.[2][3]

Demographics[edit]

As redistributions alter an electorate's area and demographic profile, the 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is the main source of information relating to the electorate. At the time of the 2006 census, the median age was thirty-five, as opposed to the state average of thirty-six.[4][5] 69.5% of residents were born in Australia, below the state average of 75.2%. The percentage of Catholicism and Irreligion followers is in line with state averages, yet Anglicanism is somewhat less. At 27.4%, the percentage of professionals as an occupation was considerably higher than both the state average, 17.1%, and the national average, 19.8%.[4][5] The percentage of labourers and managers, however, were lower than the national averages. The median income of the district is similar to the rest of the nation.[4] The suburb of Yeerongpilly is noted for its large Asian population, and the district's Sudanese-born population is twelve times the national average.[4]

History[edit]

The electorate of Yeronga was formed in 1950, with the Liberal Party's Winston Noble holding the seat for fourteen years. Norman Lee, also of the Liberal party, then held the seat until 1989. Matt Foley of the Labor party then won the seat. In 2001, the seat was renamed to Yeerongpilly. At the 2004 state election, Matt Foley chose not to run for the seat again, with Simon Finn taking his place in the seat.[2] In the 2006 redistribution, the suburbs of Archerfield, Coopers Plains, Queensland and Tennyson were lost, yet the suburbs of Fairfield, Terragindi and Wellers Hill were gained.[2]

Members for Yeerongpilly[edit]

Member Party Term
  Matt Foley Labor 2001–2004
  Simon Finn Labor 2004–2012
Carl Judge Liberal National 2012
Independent 2012–2013
Palmer United Party 2013-present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2012: Yeerongpilly[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Carl Judge 12,356 43.22 +8.04
Labor Simon Finn 9,875 34.54 -11.74
Greens Libby Connors 4,563 15.96 +0.00
Katter's Australian Kathleen Hewlett 1,312 4.59 +4.59
Family First Alexandra Todd 480 1.68 +1.68
Total formal votes 28,586 98.28 -0.09
Informal votes 499 1.72 +0.09
Turnout 29,085 91.96 +0.87
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Carl Judge 13,516 51.44 +10.17
Labor Simon Finn 12,760 48.56 -10.17
Liberal National gain from Labor Swing +10.17

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