Division of Dickson

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of DICKSON 2016.png
Division of Dickson in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1992
MP Peter Dutton
Party Liberal National
Namesake James Dickson
Electors 100,674 (2016)
Area 722 km2 (278.8 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Dickson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland, Australia. The division was formed in 1992 and is named after Sir James Dickson, a leading advocate in Australian Federation, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Defence in the first Australian Ministry. It is located in the outer north-western suburbs of Brisbane, including Albany Creek, Kallangur and Strathpine. The 2006 redistribution added the Shire of Esk to and removed part of Kallangur from the district. It has historically been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party.

1993 Election[edit]

There was an unusual circumstance at the 1993 election. The seat had been carved out of most of the Brisbane portion of the Sunshine Coast-based seat of Fisher, making it a natural choice for that seat's Labor MP, Michael Lavarch, to transfer ahead of the 1993 election.

However, one of the candidates, an independent, died very shortly before the election, making it necessary to hold a standalone 'supplementary election' on 17 April (the rest of the country had already voted on 13 March). Following Labor's reelection, the Prime Minister Paul Keating announced the makeup of the Second Keating Ministry to be sworn in on 24 March, but kept the portfolio of Attorney-General open for Lavarch subject to him winning Dickson on 17 April. He won the seat, and was appointed to the ministry on 27 April.


Member Party Term
  Michael Lavarch Labor 1993–1996
  Tony Smith Liberal 1996–1998
  Independent 1998
  Cheryl Kernot Labor 1998–2001
  Peter Dutton Liberal 2001–2010
  Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Dickson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Peter Dutton 40,519 44.56 −3.45
Labor Linda Lavarch 31,769 34.94 +3.62
Greens Michael Berkman 8,971 9.87 +3.45
Family First Ray Hutchinson 3,868 4.25 +2.45
Independent Thor Prohaska 3,217 3.54 +3.54
Liberal Democrats Doug Nicholson 2,589 2.85 +2.85
Total formal votes 90,933 96.63 +0.89
Informal votes 3,172 3.37 −0.89
Turnout 94,105 93.47 −1.42
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Peter Dutton 46,922 51.60 −5.12
Labor Linda Lavarch 44,011 48.40 +5.12
Liberal National hold Swing −5.12


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

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Coordinates: 27°16′16″S 152°50′49″E / 27.271°S 152.847°E / -27.271; 152.847