Division of Herbert

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Herbert 2019.png
Division of Herbert in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPPhillip Thompson
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeRobert Herbert
Electors108,434 (2019)
Area946 km2 (365.3 sq mi)

The Division of Herbert is an Australian electoral division in the state of 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 proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 65 divisions to be contested at the first federal 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 around the city of Townsville.

On its original boundaries, it covered most of northeastern Queensland, stretching from Mackay to the Torres Strait. Much of its northern portion, including Cairns and the Cape York Peninsula, transferred to Kennedy in 1934 (these areas are now part of Leichhardt. Its south-eastern portion, including Mackay, became Dawson in 1949. By 1984, successive redistributions cut back the seat to little more than Townsville and its inner suburbs.

The seat had long been one of Australia's noteworthy bellwether seats. It was won by the party of government 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 of the merged Liberal National Party succeeded Lindsay and retained the seat at the following two elections with increased margins.

Herbert featured the closest result of any division at the 2016 federal election. Following a recount, the Australian Electoral Commission confirmed on 31 July that Labor's Cathy O'Toole defeated the LNP incumbent by 37 votes, becoming the first Labor member to win the seat since 1996.[1][2] The LNP considered a legal challenge to the result.[2][3]


Member Party Term
  Fred Bamford Labour 1901–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1925
  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 2010–2016
  Cathy O'Toole Labor 2016–2019
  Phillip Thompson Liberal National 2019–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Herbert[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Phillip Thompson 34,112 37.11 +1.61
Labor Cathy O'Toole 23,393 25.45 −5.00
One Nation Amy Lohse 10,189 11.09 −2.44
Katter's Australian Nanette Radeck 9,007 9.80 +2.93
Greens Sam Blackadder 6,721 7.31 +1.05
United Australia Greg Dowling 5,239 5.70 +5.70
Conservative National Tamara Durant 1,671 1.82 +1.82
Animal Justice Mackenzie Severns 1,585 1.72 +1.72
Total formal votes 91,917 94.10 +0.98
Informal votes 5,759 5.90 −0.98
Turnout 97,676 90.06 −0.83
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Phillip Thompson 53,641 58.36 +8.38
Labor Cathy O'Toole 38,276 41.64 −8.38
Liberal National gain from Labor Swing +8.38

Results are not final. Last updated 5:45pm AEST on 14 June 2019.


  1. ^ Labor takes seat of Herbert, leaving Malcolm Turnbull with majority of just one seat: SMH 31 July 2016
  2. ^ a b Labor wins seat of Herbert after recount: ABC 31 July 2016
  3. ^ "LNP to consider legal action if it loses Herbert recount". Courier Mail. 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ Herbert, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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