Division of Flynn

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of FLYNN 2016.png
Division of Flynn in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 2006
MP Ken O'Dowd
Party Liberal National
Namesake John Flynn
Electors 100,667 (2016)
Area 133,063 km2 (51,375.9 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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]


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]


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

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Flynn[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Ken O'Dowd 32,293 37.06 −8.96
Labor Zac Beers 29,094 33.39 −0.05
One Nation Phil Baker 14,948 17.15 +17.15
Katter's Australian Richard Love 2,948 3.38 −0.75
Greens Craig Tomsett 2,416 2.77 +0.56
Family First Heather Barnett 2,173 2.49 +0.99
Independent Nathan Fletcher 1,927 2.21 +2.21
Independent Duncan Scott 864 0.99 +0.06
Independent Jordan Puku 483 0.55 +0.55
Total formal votes 87,146 93.81 −0.95
Informal votes 5,755 6.19 +0.95
Turnout 92,901 92.29 −2.36
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ken O'Dowd 44,480 51.04 −5.49
Labor Zac Beers 42,666 48.96 +5.49
Liberal National hold Swing −5.49


  1. ^ "Electoral seat named after flying doctors' founder". ABC News. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
  2. ^ "Proposal for Queensland Federal Electoral Redistribution". Australian Electoral Commission. 2006-07-23. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  3. ^ http://www.tallyroom.com.au/election-2010/flynn
  4. ^ Flynn, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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