Division of Moreton
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||111 km2 (42.9 sq mi)|
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.
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.
|James Wilkinson||Independent Labour||1901–1904|
|(Sir) James Killen||Liberal||1955–1983|
|Donald Milner Cameron||Liberal||1983–1990|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Moreton|
|Liberal National||Malcolm Cole||34,824||42.24||−1.16|
|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|
|Rise Up Australia||Bruce Fry||303||0.37||+0.37|
|Total formal votes||82,449||94.38||−0.77|
|Liberal National||Malcolm Cole||39,946||48.45||−0.42|