Division of McPherson

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of McPherson 2019.png
Division of McPherson in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPKaren Andrews
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeMcPherson Range
Electors109,233 (2019)
Area229 km2 (88.4 sq mi)

The Division of McPherson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1948 and is named after the McPherson Range, which forms one of the divisional boundaries. McPherson is located in south east Queensland, and originally included the entire Gold Coast region, stretching as far as the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs. However, the area's dramatic population growth saw the seat shrink with successive redistributions, culminating in 1983 when most of its northern portion became Moncrieff.

It now serves the southern portion of the Gold Coast, including Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Tugun and Palm Beach.

It has always been held by a conservative party. Indeed, most of the area has been represented by centre-right MPs without interruption since 1906; before 1949, most of the Gold Coast was part of Moreton. Originally a Country Party bastion, urbanisation has turned it into a Liberal stronghold.


Member Party Term
  (Sir) Arthur Fadden Country 1949–1958
  Charles Barnes Country 1958–1972
  Eric Robinson Liberal 1972–1981
  Peter White Liberal 1981–1990
  John Bradford Liberal 1990–1998
  Christian Democratic 1998
  Margaret May Liberal 1998–2010
  Karen Andrews Liberal National 2010–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: McPherson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Karen Andrews 44,634 48.24 −5.05
Labor Aaron Santelises 21,138 22.85 −3.15
Greens Alan Quinn 10,167 10.99 +0.71
One Nation John Spellman 5,421 5.86 +5.86
Liberal Democrats Scott Crowe 3,222 3.48 +3.48
United Australia Fiona Mackenzie 3,078 3.33 +3.33
Animal Justice Renee Stewart 2,367 2.56 +2.56
Independent Michael Kaff 1,648 1.78 +1.78
Conservative National Sean Gaffy 846 0.91 +0.91
Total formal votes 92,521 93.67 −1.86
Informal votes 6,250 6.33 +1.86
Turnout 98,771 90.40 +0.91
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Karen Andrews 57,545 62.20 +0.56
Labor Aaron Santelises 34,976 37.80 −0.56
Liberal National hold Swing +0.56


  1. ^ McPherson, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 28°08′53″S 153°23′56″E / 28.148°S 153.399°E / -28.148; 153.399