Electoral district of Albert
|Dates current||1888–1950, 1960–2017|
|Area||235 km2 (90.7 sq mi)|
Albert was named for the Albert River, which runs through the electorate and separates Logan City from City of Gold Coast. It was first created in a redistribution in 1887 ahead of the 1888 colonial election and continued to exist (with various boundary alterations) until 1949, when the Darlington and Southport electorates were created. In 1959, the electorate was established again and exists to this day. The 1971 and 1977 redistributions greatly reduced the area of the electorate and minor changes were made in 1991, including the loss of Carbrook in the north and coastal areas below Paradise Point in the south.
Its consistently changing boundaries together with its existence in a high-growth area do not provide consistent political leanings over time, although it has shown more inclination towards the Labor Party over time than any other Gold Coast seat.
Albert was removed in the 2017 electoral redistribution, its northern part being transferred into Logan, its centre part transferred into Coomera, and its southern part transferred into the new electorate of Theodore.
Historically, the Gold Coast and Logan regions were sparsely populated agricultural areas, and the Albert electorate covered the entire south-eastern corner of the state. Its representation broadly reflected the conservative leanings and rural interests of its population, and John Appel, who served in both the Second Kidston Ministry and Denham Ministry, participated in the formation of both the Queensland Farmers' Union from the rural caucus of the Liberal Party in 1915 and the subsequent Country Party in 1919.
The seat's boundaries evolved thus:
- Prior to 1920, the seat covered the entire modern City of Gold Coast plus Beaudesert and Jimboomba.
- At the 1920 election, it lost Beaudesert and Jimboomba to the neighbouring seat of Fassifern, and moved north to cover all of what is now Logan City.
- At the 1932 election, it lost the Logan area, and regained Jimboomba.
- At the 1935 election, it lost Jimboomba, and gained all of what is now Redland City, including North Stradbroke Island, from the seat of Wynnum.
It was split up in the 1949 redistribution ahead of the 1950 state election into Darlington, which included Redland, Logan, Beaudesert, Coomera, Jimboomba and Tamborine; and Southport which was limited to the Gold Coast and its hinterland. Both seats remained safe for the Country Party; Plunkett opted to contest the seat of Darlington.
Its present boundaries, as at the 2009 election, take in mostly urban, semi-urban and industrial areas west of the Pacific Motorway extending from Mount Warren Park and Windaroo in southern Logan to Coomera and Oxenford in the outer northern Gold Coast.
Members for Albert
|First incarnation (1888–1950)|
|Thomas Plunkett Sr.||Conservative||1888–1890|
|Thomas Plunkett Sr.||Opposition||1899–1903|
|Thomas Flood Plunkett||CPNP||1929–1936|
|Second incarnation (1960–present)|
|Mark Boothman||Liberal National||2012–2017|
- "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 - 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-04-01.
- Queensland Redistribution Commission (26 May 2017). "Determination of Queensland's Legislative Assembly Electoral Districts" (PDF). Queensland Government Gazette. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- In 1933, the census counted the following populations in local government areas: Coolangatta, 1,828; Southport, 4,218; Beaudesert, 4,915; Beenleigh, 2,322; Cleveland, 2,398; Coomera, 1,152; Nerang, 3,730; Tamborine, 2,673; Tingalpa, 1,812; Waterford, 1,052. In the ensuing 15 years, the region described above only gained another 10,000 people. Source: Queensland Year Book, 1949, p.42.
- Queensland Government Gazettes: 1909, p.553; 1915, p.1104; 1929, p.1005; 1932, p.1517; 1947, p.927; 1950; p.1182 and 1187; 1960, p.1911 and 1919. Maps in Waterson, D.B. Biographical register of the Queensland Parliament, 1930-1980 Canberra: ANU Press (1982).
- Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)