Division of Dickson

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Dickson 2019.png
Division of Dickson in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPPeter Dutton
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeJames Dickson
Electors108,232 (2019)
Area724 km2 (279.5 sq mi)
DemographicOuter 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

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