Division of Herbert

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Herbert 2010.png
Division of Herbert (green) within Queensland
Created 1901
MP Ewen Jones
Party Liberal National
Namesake Robert Herbert
Electors 97,236 (2013)
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. Successive redistributions have cut back the seat to little more than Townsville and its inner suburbs. The seat had been a bellwether for Federal electoral results for three decades, having been represented by a member of the governing party of the day for all but two terms from 1966 to 2007.

It was hotly contested in the 2007 election with local identity and businessman George Colbran preselected by Labor to contest Herbert. Colbran conceded defeat to sitting member Peter Lindsay on 5 December.[1]


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


  1. ^ McKinnon, Liz (5 December 2007). "Colbran concedes defeat". Townsville Bulletin (News Limited). Retrieved 8 December 2007. 

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