Division of Capricornia
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Capricornia (green) within Queensland
|Namesake||Tropic of Capricorn|
|Area||91,049 km2 (35,154.2 sq mi)|
The Division of Capricornia is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named after the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through the Division. It is located on the central Queensland coast and its centre has always been the city of Rockhampton. On its current boundaries it also includes the town of Yeppoon and the southern suburb of Mackay, Ooralea.
The first election saw Alexander Paterson, with 51% of votes, narrowly elected over the ALP candidate Wallace Nelson. For most of its subsequent history it has been a fairly safe seat for the ALP; however, it is currently held by Michelle Landry for the Liberal National Party.
Its best-known member was Frank Forde, deputy leader of the Labor Party from 1932 to 1946, a minister in the Scullin, Curtin and Chifley governments, and interim Prime Minister of Australia for eight days in 1945.
|Alexander Paterson||Independent Free Trade||1901–1903|
|Michelle Landry||Liberal National||2013–present|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Capricornia|
|Liberal National||Michelle Landry||33,608||39.58||−0.84|
|Palmer United||Derek Ison||6,747||7.95||+7.95|
|Katter's Australian||Robbie Williams||4,708||5.54||+5.54|
|Family First||Hazel Alley||3,274||3.86||+0.37|
|Rise Up Australia||Paul Lewis||439||0.52||+0.52|
|Total formal votes||84,913||94.85||+1.00|
|Liberal National||Michelle Landry||43,109||50.77||+4.45|
|Liberal National gain from Labor||Swing||+4.45|