Division of Dawson

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of DAWSON 2016.png
Division of Dawson in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP George Christensen
Party Liberal National
Namesake Anderson Dawson
Electors 103,665 (2016)
Area 14,945 km2 (5,770.3 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Dawson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Anderson Dawson, the first Labor Premier of Queensland and leader of the first parliamentary socialist government anywhere in the world. It is located on the North Queensland coast, taking in the towns of Ayr, Bowen, Mackay, Proserpine and some south-eastern suburbs of the city of Townsville.

Apart from a period from 1966 to 1975 and 2007 to 2010, it has been held by the National Party. While Mackay, the largest city wholly within the electorate, is a longstanding Labor stronghold, it is usually not enough to overcome the region's overall conservative leaning.


Member Party Term
  Charles Davidson Country 1949–1963
  George Shaw Country 1963–1966
  Rex Patterson Labor 1966–1975
  Ray Braithwaite National 1975–1996
  De-Anne Kelly National 1996–2007
  James Bidgood Labor 2007–2010
  George Christensen Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Dawson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National George Christensen 38,474 42.61 −3.62
Labor Frank Gilbert 29,608 32.79 +3.08
Katter's Australian Ash Dodd 5,904 6.54 −0.20
Greens Jonathon Dykyj 4,652 5.15 +0.13
Independent Steven Large 4,184 4.63 +4.63
Glenn Lazarus Team Michael Hall 4,075 4.51 +4.51
Family First Amanda Nickson 3,403 3.77 +1.87
Total formal votes 90,300 95.45 +0.30
Informal votes 4,309 4.55 −0.30
Turnout 94,609 91.26 −2.56
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National George Christensen 48,167 53.34 −4.24
Labor Frank Gilbert 42,133 46.66 +4.24
Liberal National hold Swing −4.24


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

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Coordinates: 20°12′14″S 148°00′11″E / 20.204°S 148.003°E / -20.204; 148.003