Division of Brisbane

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Brisbane 2019.png
Division of Brisbane in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPTrevor Evans
PartyLiberal National
Electors115,548 (2019)
Area57 km2 (22.0 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Brisbane is an Australian electoral division in the state of Queensland.


The city of Brisbane, the division's namesake

The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. It is named after the city of Brisbane.

It was in Labor hands for all but five years from 1931 to 2010, and for most of that time was a marginal Labor seat. However, a redistribution ahead of the 2010 election pushed the seat into more conservative-leaning territory east of Breakfast Creek. This helped Liberal National challenger Teresa Gambaro, previously the member for nearby Petrie from 1996 to 2007, take the seat from longtime Labor incumbent Arch Bevis, marking the first time in over a century that Labor had been in government without holding Brisbane. She was reelected in 2013 with an increased majority.

Gambaro did not re-contest the seat at the 2016 election. The contest was historic in that it was the first Australian federal election where both major party candidates in a lower house seat contest were openly gayTrevor Evans for the Liberal Nationals and Pat O'Neill for Labor.[1] Evans retained the seat for the LNP and won re-election at 2019 election. This latter win came despite Evans being one of only three Liberal National candidates, and the only incumbent Liberal National MP, to suffer a swing against them at that election.


On its original boundaries, Brisbane covered all of what is now the northern part of the City of Brisbane, but successive boundary changes cut it back to the inner suburban area. However, between 1913 to 1949 the seat instead covered the inner south-west.

It now extends from the city centre into the western suburbs, and includes the Brisbane CBD, Alderley, Ashgrove, Bowen Hills, Clayfield, Enoggera, Ferny Grove, Fortitude Valley, Gaythorne, Grange, Herston, Kelvin Grove, Keperra, Milton, Mitchelton, New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Red Hill, Spring Hill, Upper Kedron, Wilston, Windsor, parts of Bardon, Everton Park, Paddington and Stafford.

In the 2009 redistribution announced by the Australian Electoral Commission, the suburbs of Hendra, Ascot and Hamilton were included in the seat of Brisbane.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Thomas Macdonald-Paterson.jpg Thomas Macdonald-Paterson
Protectionist 30 March 1901
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Brisbane North. Lost preselection and then lost seat
  Independent Protectionist 1903 –
16 December 1903
  Millice Culpin.jpg Dr Millice Culpin
Labour 16 December 1903
12 December 1906
Lost seat
  Justin Foxton.jpg Justin Foxton
Anti-Socialist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Carnarvon. Served as minister under Deakin. Lost seat
  Commonwealth Liberal 26 May 1909 –
13 April 1910
  William Finlayson.jpg William Finlayson
Labor 13 April 1910
13 December 1919
Lost seat. Later appointed to the Queensland Legislative Council in 1920
  Donald Charles Cameron.jpg Donald Cameron
Nationalist 13 December 1919
7 May 1931
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Lilley in 1934
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
19 December 1931
  George Lawson.jpg George Lawson
Labor 19 December 1931
2 November 1961
Previously a member of the Queensland Legislative Council. Served as minister under Curtin. Retired. Last veteran of the Second Boer War to serve in the House of Representatives
  ManfredCross1962.jpg Manfred Cross
Labor 9 December 1961
13 December 1975
Lost seat
  No image.svg Peter Johnson
Liberal 13 December 1975
18 October 1980
Lost seat
  ManfredCross1962.jpg Manfred Cross
Labor 18 October 1980
19 February 1990
  Arch Bevis.jpg Arch Bevis
Labor 24 March 1990
21 August 2010
Lost seat
  Teresa Gambaro 2007.jpg Teresa Gambaro
Liberal Nationals 21 August 2010
9 May 2016
Previously held the Division of Petrie. Retired
  Trevor Evans MP (cropped).jpg Trevor Evans
Liberal Nationals 2 July 2016

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Brisbane[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Trevor Evans 48,777 47.84 −2.09
Labor Paul Newbury 24,970 24.49 −1.42
Greens Andrew Bartlett 22,807 22.37 +2.94
One Nation Anne Perry 2,537 2.49 +2.49
United Australia Aaron Whittaker 1,420 1.39 +1.39
Conservative National Rod Jeanneret 732 0.72 +0.72
Socialist Alliance Kamala Emanuel 714 0.70 +0.70
Total formal votes 101,957 97.48 −0.14
Informal votes 2,631 2.52 +0.14
Turnout 104,588 90.51 +0.67
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Trevor Evans 55,995 54.92 −1.08
Labor Paul Newbury 45,962 45.08 +1.08
Liberal National hold Swing −1.08

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brisbane - 2016 election: Antony Green ABC
  2. ^ Brisbane, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°26′17″S 153°01′41″E / 27.438°S 153.028°E / -27.438; 153.028