Division of Blair

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Blair
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of BLAIR 2016.png
Division of Blair (green) in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1998
MP Shayne Neumann
Party Australia Labor Party
Namesake Harold Blair
Electors 98,427 (2016)
Area 6,409 km2 (2,474.5 sq mi)
Demographic Rural


The Division of Blair is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1998 and is named after Harold Blair, an Aboriginal singer and civil rights campaigner. The Division is based on Ipswich, and extends from rural and exurban areas west of Brisbane to the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley regions.

The founder of One Nation, Pauline Hanson, contested Blair in 1998. Her previous seat, Oxley, had been essentially split in half in the redistribution ahead of the election. Oxley was reconfigured into an exclusively Brisbane-based seat that tilted strongly toward Labor, while most of the rural area near Ipswich shifted to Blair. Although it was a very safe Liberal seat on paper, it contained most of Hanson's base, so it was a natural choice for Hanson to attempt to transfer. The Liberals, Nationals and Labor preferenced each other ahead of Hanson, allowing Liberal challenger Cameron Thompson to win on the eighth count. Thompson overtook the Labor candidate on National preferences, then defeated Hanson on Labor preferences.

Thompson held the seat without serious difficulty in the next two elections, and it was widely considered as a safe Liberal seat. In the 2006 redistribution, the 2004 Liberal margin of 11.2% was almost halved to 5.7%. Conservative-leaning Esk, Nanango and Kingaroy were transferred to Maranoa, while Blair was pushed further into Ipswich and Boonah. Blair had been rated as having received more funding promises from the Howard Government than any other electorate in the country.[1] The redistribution pushed Blair just outside the range of seats Labor needed to win government. In the 2007 election, Thompson was defeated by Labor challenger Shayne Neumann, with a 10.2 percent swing to Labor. Since then, the growth of Ipswich has allowed Neumann to consolidate his hold on the seat. For instance, in 2013, he actually picked up a small swing in his favour even as Labor lost government. In 2016, Neumann made Blair a safe Labor seat with 58.9 percent of the vote.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Cameron Thompson Liberal 1998–2007
  Shayne Neumann Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Blair[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Shayne Neumann 35,691 41.90 +0.35
Liberal National Teresa Harding 24,455 28.71 −5.14
One Nation Troy Aggett 13,273 15.58 +15.58
Greens Pat Walsh 5,266 6.18 +1.93
Family First Geoff Darr 2,406 2.82 −0.04
Independent Sandy Turner 1,913 2.25 +2.25
Independent Patricia Petersen 1,439 1.69 +1.69
Independent Jonathan Emms 744 0.87 +0.87
Total formal votes 85,187 94.33 +0.00
Informal votes 5,120 5.67 −0.00
Turnout 90,307 91.75 −2.69
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Shayne Neumann 50,158 58.88 +3.62
Liberal National Teresa Harding 35,029 41.12 −3.62
Labor hold Swing +3.62

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia Votes 2007 - Blair". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 December 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Blair, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°06′54″S 152°27′43″E / 27.115°S 152.462°E / -27.115; 152.462