|Member of the Australian Parliament
3 October 1998 – 24 November 2007
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Shayne Neumann|
1 October 1960 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Children||Fletcher, Ari, Sullivan|
Cameron Paul Thompson (born 1 October 1960) was an Australian politician in Queensland. A member of the Liberal Party, he served as a member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Blair from 1998 until 2007.
Thompson was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, and was a radio journalist, as well as press secretary and chief of staff to several state and territory politicians in Queensland and the Northern Territory before entering politics.
Election to parliament
Thompson was preselected for the new division of Blair for the 1998 election. Considerable press at the time focussed on the contest, as the redistribution creating the seat had split One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's seat of Oxley in half. A Labor-friendly section around Brisbane remained in Oxley, while a more rural section became Blair. Hanson opted to contest Blair, which contained most of her former base.
After election day, the contest was noted for being one of only ten occasions where a candidate who did not finish first or second went on to win under Australia's instant-runoff voting system. Thompson finished third on the first count, behind Hanson and Labor's Virginia Clarke. On the seventh count, Thompson pulled ahead of Clarke on National preferences. On the eighth count, Thompson picked up three-fourths of Clarke's preferences, enough for him to win the two party preferred vote against Hanson.
Thompson's ousting of Hanson from Federal Parliament was to be his only claim to political fame.
The Goodna Bypass
Thompson led a proposal to construct a bypass east of the city of Ipswich, known as the Goodna Bypass and connecting Dinmore to the Logan Motorway, in preference to a six-lane upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway.
In pursuit of the bypass, he encountered opposition from leaders within his own party including Queensland's state Liberal leader Dr Bruce Flegg and Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman. After a set of feasibility studies and options reports, the federal government announced funding for the A$2.3 billion Goodna Bypass. By July, the cost had increased to $2.8 billion.
As the 2007 election approached, Thompson campaigned almost solely on the Goodna Bypass, which Labor had said they would not build if they won government. However, a redistribution pushed Blair further into Ipswich. The new territory was significantly pro-Labor and cut Thompson's majority in half, from a relatively safe 11.2 percent to a marginal 5.7 percent—putting it just outside the range of seats Labor would need to take off the Coalition in order to win government. Together with a strong swing in Queensland towards the Labor Party, this resulted in Thompson's defeat by Labor candidate Shayne Neumann, with a two party preferred swing of 10.17%—significantly over the Queensland average swing of 7.53%.
Thompson became a senior adviser to state National leader Lawrence Springborg and temporarily vacated that position to contest the state Liberal presidency against Mal Brough and sitting Liberal Party president Gary Spence on a platform of merging the Liberal and National parties. In 2010, he was unsuccessful in getting the endorsement of the newly merged Liberal National Party of Queensland to be the party's candidate for the Division of Wright.
- Hughes, Colin A.; Costar, Brian (2006). Limiting democracy : the erosion of electoral rights in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press. ISBN 0-86840-948-0.
- Moore, Tony (25 November 2007). "No Goodna Bypass as ALP sweeps through state". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
- "$2.3b fix for Ipswich Motorway". The Courier-Mail. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
- Philip, Martin (7 April 2007). "Bypass to controversy". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
- The Hon Mark Vaile, Minister for Transport and Regional Services (5 March 2007). "Media Release - $2.3 billion Goodna Bypass to solve Ipswich traffic needs". Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
- Property Council of Australia (Queensland Division) (20 July 2007). "Independent report shows Canberra must spend more on road planning". Archived from the original on 6 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
- "Wright to Dutton: 'You're not from around here'". Brisbane Times. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
- "Buchholz wins pre-selection in Qld". Nine News. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division||Member for Blair