Division of Flynn

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Flynn
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Flynn 2019.png
Division of Flynn in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created2006
MPKen O'Dowd
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeJohn Flynn
Electors103,056 (2019)
Area132,824 km2 (51,283.6 sq mi)
DemographicRural

The Division of Flynn is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 2006, following a redistribution of seats in the state. It was first contested at the 2007 federal election. The electorate generally extends west from the port city of Gladstone, as far as the Central Highlands town of Emerald. It was named after John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.[1]

Formation[edit]

In June 2006, the Australian Electoral Commission announced that the new federal electorate in Queensland to be created for the 2007 election would be named Wright in honour of Judith Wright for her life as a "poet and in the areas of arts, conservation and indigenous affairs in Queensland and Australia".[2] However, in September 2006 the AEC announced that, due to numerous objections from people fearing the name may be linked to disgraced former Queensland ALP leader Keith Wright, it would name the seat after John Flynn.

The city of Gladstone, home to 40% of Flynn's voters, has long been a Labor stronghold. However, the rural areas vote in equally large numbers for the Liberal National Party.[3]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  Chris Trevor Labor 2007–2010
  Ken O'Dowd Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Flynn[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Ken O'Dowd 33,894 37.89 +0.83
Labor Zac Beers 25,628 28.65 −4.74
One Nation Sharon Lohse 17,531 19.60 +2.45
United Australia Nathan Harris 3,798 4.25 +4.25
Greens Jaiben Baker 2,744 3.07 +0.30
Conservative National Marcus Hiesler 2,484 2.78 +2.78
Independent Murray Peterson 1,994 2.23 +2.23
Independent Duncan Scott 1,384 1.55 +0.56
Total formal votes 89,457 94.19 +0.38
Informal votes 5,517 5.81 −0.38
Turnout 94,974 92.15 −1.16
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ken O'Dowd 52,472 58.66 +7.62
Labor Zac Beers 36,985 41.34 −7.62
Liberal National hold Swing +7.62

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral seat named after flying doctors' founder". ABC News. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Proposal for Queensland Federal Electoral Redistribution". Australian Electoral Commission. 23 July 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.tallyroom.com.au/election-2010/flynn
  4. ^ Flynn, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°29′28″S 149°39′50″E / 24.491°S 149.664°E / -24.491; 149.664