Division of Capricornia
Australian House of Representatives Division
|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 has fallen to the conservatives at high-tide elections. It is currently held by Michelle Landry for the Liberal National Party who in 2016, became the first reelected conservative MP for the seat since Henry Pearce in 1958.
|Alexander Paterson||Independent Free Trade||1901–1903|
|Michelle Landry||Liberal National||2013–present|
|Australian federal election, 2016: Capricornia|
|Liberal National||Michelle Landry||35,310||40.05||+0.47|
|Katter's Australian||Laurel Carter||6,242||7.08||+1.54|
|Family First||Lindsay Temple||4,547||5.16||+1.30|
|Total formal votes||88,156||96.45||+1.60|
|Liberal National||Michelle Landry||44,639||50.64||−0.13|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||−0.13|