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 a safe seat for the National Party, demographic change has made it equally 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; the Coalition has never won less than 57 percent of the two-party vote in a "traditional" two-party matchup with Labor. 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, 2016: Fairfax[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 44,787 48.44 +7.12
Labor Scott Anderson 19,054 20.61 +2.37
Greens Susan Etheridge 11,672 12.62 +4.29
One Nation Robert Pasquali 9,006 9.74 +8.90
Independent Keith Campbell 2,886 3.12 +3.12
Family First David Rees 2,449 2.65 +0.98
Independent Robert Dickson 1,985 2.15 +2.15
Online Direct Democracy Kris Bullen 624 0.67 +0.67
Total formal votes 92,463 93.77 −1.11
Informal votes 6,146 6.23 +1.11
Turnout 98,609 91.07 −2.32
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ted O'Brien 56,299 60.89 −0.79
Labor Scott Anderson 36,164 39.11 +0.79
Liberal National gain from Palmer United Swing −0.79


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

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