Division of Capricornia

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of CAPRICORNIA 2016.png
Division of Capricornia in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPMichelle Landry
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeTropic of Capricorn
Electors98,190 (2016)
Area91,049 km2 (35,154.2 sq mi)

The Division of Capricornia is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was one of the original 65 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 Ooralea, a southern suburb of Mackay.

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. This was especially true when Gladstone was part of the seat from 1901 to 1984. Even after Gladstone was redistributed to Hinkler in 1984 (it is now part of Flynn), it remained one of the few non-metropolitan seats where Labor consistently did well. Labor held it for all but two terms from 1961 to 2013, the two exceptions being the high-tide elections of 1975 and 1996. Its best-known member was Frank Forde, who was briefly Prime Minister of Australia in 1945.

Capricornia is currently held by Michelle Landry for the Liberal National Party who in 2016, became the first reelected conservative MP for the seat since George Pearce in 1958.


Member Party Term
  Alexander Paterson Independent Free Trade 1901–1903
  David Thomson Labour 1903–1906
  Edward Archer Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Higgs Labor 1910–1920
  Independent 1920
  Nationalist 1920–1922
  Frank Forde Labor 1922–1946
  Charles Davidson Liberal 1946–1949
  George Pearce Liberal 1949–1961
  George Gray Labor 1961–1967
  Doug Everingham Labor 1967–1975
  Colin Carige National 1975–1977
  Doug Everingham Labor 1977–1984
  Keith Wright Labor 1984–1993
  Independent 1993
  Marjorie Henzell Labor 1993–1996
  Paul Marek National 1996–1998
  Kirsten Livermore Labor 1998–2013
  Michelle Landry Liberal National 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Capricornia[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Michelle Landry 35,310 40.05 +0.47
Labor Leisa Neaton 33,579 38.09 +1.05
Katter's Australian Laurel Carter 6,241 7.08 +1.54
Family First Lindsay Temple 4,547 5.16 +1.30
Independent Ken Murray 4,312 4.89 +4.89
Greens Kate Giamarelos 4,166 4.73 +1.30
Total formal votes 88,155 96.45 +1.60
Informal votes 3,242 3.55 −1.60
Turnout 91,397 93.08 −1.75
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Michelle Landry 44,633 50.63 −0.14
Labor Leisa Neaton 43,522 49.37 +0.14
Liberal National hold Swing −0.14


  1. ^ Capricornia, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 22°03′04″S 148°11′20″E / 22.051°S 148.189°E / -22.051; 148.189