Division of Moreton

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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Moreton in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1901
MP Graham Perrett
Party Labor
Namesake Moreton Bay
Electors 97,820 (2016)
Area 111 km2 (42.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Moreton is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named after Moreton Bay, though successive redistributions have resulted in it no longer bordering the bay; it is now completely landlocked. Nonetheless, it has retained the name of Moreton, mainly because the Australian Electoral Commission's guidelines on electoral redistributions require it to preserve the names of original electorates where possible.[1]

The seat was in the hands of the Liberal Party and its predecessors for 86 years before Labor regained it in 1990. From then until 2013, it was a bellwether seat, voting for the winning party in every election.

The seat is known for having decided the 1961 federal election. The Liberals only won the seat by 130 votes to give the Coalition a bare one-seat majority; had 93 Communist preferences gone the other way, it would have resulted in a hung parliament.

On its current boundaries, the seat is very multicultural, with a significant Asian, South Eastern European and African population living in the electorate.


Moreton is located in south east Queensland, and is based in the southern suburbs of the City of Brisbane. The division includes Archerfield, Chelmer, Fairfield, Graceville, Karawatha, Kuraby, Macgregor, Moorooka, Nathan, Oxley, Robertson, Rocklea, Runcorn, Salisbury, Stretton, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Tennyson, Yeronga, and Yeerongpilly, and parts of Algester, Berrinba, Calamvale, Coopers Plains, Drewvale, Eight Mile Plains, Parkinson, Sherwood, and Tarragindi, Corinda.


Member Party Term
  James Wilkinson Independent Labour 1901–1904
  Labour 1904–1906
  Hugh Sinclair Anti-Socialist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1919
  Arnold Wienholt Nationalist 1919–1922
  Josiah Francis Nationalist 1922–1931
  United Australia 1931–1944
  Liberal 1944–1955
  (Sir) James Killen Liberal 1955–1983
  Donald Milner Cameron Liberal 1983–1990
  Garrie Gibson Labor 1990–1996
  Gary Hardgrave Liberal 1996–2007
  Graham Perrett Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Moreton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Malcolm Cole 34,824 42.24 −1.16
Labor Graham Perrett 31,932 38.73 +2.72
Greens Elissa Jenkins 8,234 9.99 −5.90
Palmer United Jeremy Davey 4,147 5.03 +5.03
Family First Carolyn Ferrando 1,250 1.52 −1.92
Katter's Australian Chris Mallcott 1,070 1.30 +1.30
Future Hayden Muscat 481 0.58 +0.58
Rise Up Australia Bruce Fry 303 0.37 +0.37
CEC Wayne Grunert 208 0.25 +0.25
Total formal votes 82,449 94.38 −0.77
Informal votes 4,912 5.62 +0.77
Turnout 87,361 92.65 +0.78
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Graham Perrett 42,503 51.55 +0.42
Liberal National Malcolm Cole 39,946 48.45 −0.42
Labor hold Swing +0.42


  1. ^ "Guidelines for naming divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 27°33′50″S 153°01′52″E / 27.564°S 153.031°E / -27.564; 153.031