Division of Herbert

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of HERBERT 2016.png
Division of Herbert in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Ewen Jones
Party Liberal National
Namesake Robert Herbert
Electors 104,841 (2016)
Area 946 km2 (365.3 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

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.[1] 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.[2]


Member Party Term
  Fred Bamford Labour 1901–1916
  National Labor 1917–1917
  Nationalist 1916–1925
  Lewis Nott Nationalist 1925–1928
  George Martens Labor 1928–1946
  Bill Edmonds Labor 1946–1958
  John Murray Liberal 1958–1961
  Ted Harding Labor 1961–1966
  Robert Bonnett Liberal 1966–1977
  Gordon Dean Liberal 1977–1983
  Ted Lindsay Labor 1983–1996
  Peter Lindsay Liberal 1996–2010
  Ewen Jones Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Herbert
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Ewen Jones 36,952 43.34 −2.33
Labor Cathy O'Toole 25,051 29.38 −10.77
Palmer United Martin Brewster 7,573 8.88 +8.88
Katter's Australian Bronwyn Walker 6,890 8.08 +8.08
Greens Gail Hamilton 4,463 5.24 −3.61
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
Informal votes 5,379 5.93 −0.33
Turnout 90,632 93.21 +0.62
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Ewen Jones 47,889 56.17 +4.00
Labor Cathy O'Toole 37,364 43.83 −4.00
Liberal National hold Swing +4.00


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Coordinates: 19°12′29″S 146°36′58″E / 19.208°S 146.616°E / -19.208; 146.616