Division of Moreton

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of MORETON 2016.png
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, and originally stretched from southern Brisbane all the way to the Gold Coast.[1] While successive redistributions have left the seat completely landlocked, it has nonetheless 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.[2]

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 significant Asian, South Eastern European, Arab and African population in the southern part of the electorate particularly in the suburbs of Sunnybank, Acacia Ridge, Kuraby and Moorooka.


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
  Don 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, 2016: Moreton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Nic Monsour 32,103 37.79 −4.45
Labor Graham Perrett 31,342 36.90 −1.83
Greens Kristen Lyons 10,812 12.73 +2.74
Xenophon Des Soares 4,072 4.79 +4.79
Liberal Democrats Andrew Cooper 2,783 3.28 +3.28
Family First Florian Heise 2,507 2.95 +1.43
Katter's Australian Shan-Ju Lin 1,329 1.56 +0.26
Total formal votes 84,948 95.89 +1.51
Informal votes 3,641 4.11 −1.51
Turnout 88,589 90.56 −2.11
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Graham Perrett 45,892 54.02 +2.47
Liberal National Nic Monsour 39,056 45.98 −2.47
Labor hold Swing +2.47


  1. ^ https://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/fed2016/moreton/
  2. ^ "Guidelines for naming divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Moreton, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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