Division of Forde
Australian House of Representatives Division
|MP||Bert van Manen|
|Area||419 km2 (161.8 sq mi)|
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. The seat returned to the LNP Coalition with Bert van Manen holding the seat throughout 2010, 2013, and 2016 elections.
Ahead of the 2016 federal election, ABC psephologist Antony Green listed the seat in his election guide as one of eleven which he classed as "bellwether" electorates. Roy Morgan Research found the Division of Forde to be the least politically involved electorate in Australia, with only 7% of voters interested in political analysis as a type of media content.
|Bert van Manen||Liberal National||2010–present|
|Liberal National||Bert van Manen||34,096||40.63||−1.91|
|Family First||Annelise Hellberg||4,687||5.59||+3.35|
|Liberty Alliance||Shaun Spain||2,905||3.46||+3.46|
|Total formal votes||83,910||94.93||+2.20|
|Liberal National||Bert van Manen||42,486||50.63||−3.75|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||−3.75|
- The Bellwether Contests: Antony Green ABC
- "The 10 most (and least) politically engaged electorates". Roy Morgan. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
- Forde, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.