Division of Fairfax

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Fairfax in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1984
MP Ted O'Brien
Party Liberal National Party
Namesake Ruth Fairfax
Electors 108,276 (2016)
Area 1,036 km2 (400.0 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Fairfax is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1984 and is named after Ruth Fairfax, founder of the Country Women's Association. It is located in the Sunshine Coast region north of Brisbane and includes the towns of Coolum, Maroochydore, Buderim, Nambour, Montville, Kenilworth and Eumundi.

The Sunshine Coast is traditionally a conservative area, and as such Fairfax has always been held by a centre-right party. Originally held by the National Party, demographic change made it increasingly safe for the Liberal Party. It came to national attention in the 2013 federal election, when Clive Palmer, the founder of the Palmer United Party, narrowly won it by 53 votes. Palmer did not run for reelection, and it was widely expected that it would revert to the merged Liberal National Party. As expected, Palmer's 2013 opponent, Ted O'Brien, won it resoundingly.


Member Party Term
  Evan Adermann National 1984–1990
  Alex Somlyay Liberal 1990–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2013
  Clive Palmer Palmer United 2013–2016
  Ted O'Brien Liberal National 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Fairfax
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 34,959 41.32 −8.13
Palmer United Clive Palmer 22,409 26.49 +26.49
Labor Elaine Hughes 15,429 18.24 −9.07
Greens David Knobel 7,046 8.33 −9.67
Katter's Australian Ray Sawyer 1,623 1.92 +1.92
Family First Angela Meyer 1,416 1.67 −3.57
Independent Trudy Byrnes 1,016 1.20 +1.20
One Nation Mike Holt 709 0.84 +0.84
Total formal votes 84,607 94.88 −0.09
Informal votes 4,569 5.12 +0.09
Turnout 89,176 93.41 +0.63
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 52,184 61.68 +4.73
Labor Elaine Hughes 32,423 38.32 −4.73
Two-candidate-preferred result
Palmer United Clive Palmer 42,330 50.03 +50.03
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 42,277 49.97 −7.03
Palmer United gain from Liberal National Swing N/A


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Coordinates: 26°35′10″S 152°53′17″E / 26.586°S 152.888°E / -26.586; 152.888