Division of Forde

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For the Canberra suburb, see Forde, Australian Capital Territory.
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Forde (green) within Queensland
Created 1984
MP Bert Van Manen
Party Liberal National
Namesake Frank Forde
Electors 88,346 (2013)
Area 419 km2 (161.8 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Forde is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1984 and is named after Frank Forde, who was briefly Prime Minister of Australia in 1945. When it was created it was a marginal seat in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, but it now has no territory in common with the original seat and is located in exurban and semi-rural areas south of the city, including Beenleigh and Loganlea.

It was a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party after the 2004 election. Kay Elson announced that she would not re-contest her seat in the 2007 election. Wendy Creighton, a Boonah resident and editor of the local newspaper, the Fassifern Guardian, contested Forde as the Liberal candidate instead. She was defeated at the Federal election by Brett Raguse, the opposing Labor Party candidate, making Forde the safest Liberal Party seat to be claimed by the Labor Party at the 2007 election.

On 8 August 2013, it was announced former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie would contest the seat of Forde at the 2013 election, replacing Des Hardman as the ALP candidate.


Member Party Term
  David Watson Liberal 1984–1987
  Mary Crawford Labor 1987–1996
  Kay Elson Liberal 1996–2007
  Brett Raguse Labor 2007–2010
  Bert van Manen Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Forde
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Bert Van Manen 32,271 42.54 −1.54
Labor Peter Beattie 25,794 34.00 −3.39
Palmer United Blair Brewster 9,445 12.45 +12.45
Greens Sally Spain 3,162 4.17 −8.05
Family First Amanda Best 1,701 2.24 −4.08
Katter's Australian Paul Hunter 1,652 2.18 +2.18
Rise Up Australia Jonathan Jennings 745 0.98 +0.98
Independent Joshua Sloss 698 0.92 +0.92
Australian Voice Keith Douglas 262 0.35 +0.35
CEC Jan Pukallus 130 0.17 +0.17
Total formal votes 75,860 92.73 −0.14
Informal votes 5,948 7.27 +0.14
Turnout 81,808 92.60 +0.94
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Bert Van Manen 41,256 54.38 +2.75
Labor Peter Beattie 34,604 45.62 −2.75
Liberal National hold Swing +2.75


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Coordinates: 27°45′43″S 153°10′52″E / 27.762°S 153.181°E / -27.762; 153.181