Division of Fisher

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This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of Fisher.
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Fisher 2010.png
Division of Fisher (green) within Queensland
Created 1949
MP Mal Brough
Party Liberal National
Namesake Andrew Fisher
Electors 88,388 (2013)
Area 1,170 km2 (451.7 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Fisher is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Andrew Fisher, three times Prime Minister of Australia. It is located in the Sunshine Coast area north of Brisbane and includes the towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Beerwah, Maleny, Woodford and Kilcoy. It was a safe seat for the Country Party and its successor the National Party until the 1980s, and is now fairly safe for the Liberal National Party. Its most prominent members have been Sir Charles Adermann, who was Deputy Leader of the Country Party 1964–66, and Peter Slipper, who served as Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives from 2011 to 2012.


Member Party Term
  (Sir) Charles Adermann Country 1949–1972
  Evan Adermann Country, National 1972–1984
  Peter Slipper National 1984–1987
  Michael Lavarch Labor 1987–1993
  Peter Slipper Liberal 1993–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2011
  Independent 2011–2013
  Mal Brough Liberal National 2013–present

Following the resignation of Harry Jenkins as Speaker in the 43rd Parliament, Peter Slipper was nominated unopposed and installed as Speaker on 24 November 2011.[1][2] Slipper resigned from the Liberal National Party on taking the Speaker's seat and continued in parliament as an independent member and resigned as speaker and went to the cross bench on 9 October 2012.[2] On 11 May 2013, he joined businessman Clive Palmer's recently formed Palmer United Party, becoming its first member in federal parliament. However, a matter of hours later his membership of the party was revoked and Slipper returned to being an independent.[3]

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Fisher
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Mal Brough 34,619 44.47 −2.01
Labor Bill Gissane 16,297 20.93 −9.39
Palmer United Bill Schoch 13,559 17.42 +17.42
Greens Garry Claridge 5,908 7.59 −8.25
Katter's Australian Mark Meldon 2,520 3.24 +3.24
Family First Tony Moore 1,593 2.05 −5.31
Independent Peter Slipper 1,207 1.55 +1.55
Independent Jarreau Terry 957 1.23 +1.23
Independent Mark Maguire 890 1.14 +1.14
Rise Up Australia Rod Christensen 305 0.39 +0.39
Total formal votes 77,855 94.19 −0.64
Informal votes 4,803 5.81 +0.64
Turnout 82,658 93.52 +0.76
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Mal Brough 46,522 59.75 +5.62
Labor Bill Gissane 31,333 40.25 −5.62
Liberal National hold Swing +5.62


  1. ^ "Peter Slipper has been formally elected Speaker of the House of Representatives". The Australian. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Renegade Liberal to boost Labor's numbers". ABC News (Australia). 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Atfield, Cameron (2013). Peter Slipper joins Palmer's partyThe Age. Published 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.

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Coordinates: 26°47′20″S 152°53′56″E / 26.789°S 152.899°E / -26.789; 152.899