Division of Herbert
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||946 km2 (365.3 sq mi)|
The Division of Herbert is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. Eligible voters within the Division elect a single representative, known as the member for Herbert, to the Australian House of Representatives. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the 1901 election. It is located in northern Queensland, and is named after Sir Robert Herbert, the first Premier of Queensland (1859–1866). It has always been based on the city of Townsville, though on its original boundaries it extended from Mackay to the Torres Strait, covering from what are now the seats of Dawson through to Leichhardt. Successive redistributions have cut back the seat to little more than Townsville and its inner suburbs.
The seat had been a bellwether for all but two terms from the 1966 election until the 2007 election, where it was hotly contested with local identity and businessman George Colbran pre-selected by Labor to contest Herbert, however Liberal incumbent Peter Lindsay managed to retain the seat with a wafer-thin 50.2 percent two-party vote from a 6 percent two-party swing while his party lost government. Ewen Jones succeeded Lindsay and has since retained the seat with an increased vote.
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. At the conclusion of vote counting on 18 July, Labor's Cathy O'Toole appeared to have defeated Jones by 8 votes, but the closeness of the result meant that a recount was automatically conducted.
|Ewen Jones||Liberal National||2010–present|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Herbert|
|Liberal National||Ewen Jones||36,952||43.34||−2.33|
|Palmer United||Martin Brewster||7,573||8.88||+8.88|
|Katter's Australian||Bronwyn Walker||6,890||8.08||+8.08|
|Sex Party||Costa George||1,576||1.85||+1.85|
|Family First||Michael Punshon||1,106||1.30||−4.03|
|One Nation||Steve Moir||710||0.83||+0.83|
|Rise Up Australia||Nino Marolla||549||0.64||+0.64|
|Australian Voice||Margaret Bell||383||0.45||+0.45|
|Total formal votes||85,253||94.07||+0.33|
|Liberal National||Ewen Jones||47,889||56.17||+4.00|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||+4.00|