Electoral district of Cairns

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QueenslandLegislative Assembly
Map of the electoral district of Cairns, 2017.pdf
Map of the electoral district of Cairns, 2017
MPMichael Healy
PartyLabor Party
Electors35,677 (2017)
Area182 km2 (70.3 sq mi)
Coordinates16°56′S 145°45′E / 16.933°S 145.750°E / -16.933; 145.750Coordinates: 16°56′S 145°45′E / 16.933°S 145.750°E / -16.933; 145.750
Electorates around Cairns:
Barron River Barron River Coral Sea
Barron River Cairns Mulgrave
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2008 map

Cairns is an electoral district in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in the state of Queensland, Australia.[1]

The division encompasses the central business district and inner-suburbs of Cairns, in Far North Queensland. Major locations include Bungalow, Manoora, Kanimbla, Earlville and Woree.


Created in 1888, Cairns has historically tended to be a safe Labor seat with a blue-collar economy based on sugar, mining and railways. However, in recent decades such industry has been surpassed in importance by tourism and service industries for wealthier retirees and has grown increasingly marginal.

This trend culminated in 2012, when Gavin King took the seat for the LNP on a massive swing of over 13 percent, becoming the first conservative to hold the seat since 1904. The seat reverted to its Labor ways in 2015, when Rob Pyne defeated King on a swing slightly larger than the one King picked up three years earlier. Pyne quit the party to become an independent in 2016. He was defeated by Labor's Michael Healy in 2017.

Members for Cairns[edit]

Member Party Term
  Frederick Wimble Liberal 1888–1890
  Opposition 1890–1893
  Thomas Joseph Byrnes Ministerial 1893–1896
  Isidor Lissner Ministerial 1896–1899
  Thomas Givens Labour 1899–1902
  James Lyons Conservative 1902–1904
  John Mann Labour 1904–1907
  Kidstonites 1907–1909
  Independent Opposition 1909–1912
  William McCormack Labor 1912–1930
  John O'Keefe Labor 1930–1942
  Lou Barnes Independent Labor 1942–1947
  Thomas Crowley Labor 1947–1956
  Watty Wallace Labor 1956–1964
  Ray Jones Labor 1965–1983
  Keith De Lacy Labor 1983–1998
  Desley Boyle Labor 1998–2012
  Gavin King Liberal National 2012–2015
  Rob Pyne Labor 2015–2016
  Independent 2016–2017
  Michael Healy Labor 2017–present

Election results[edit]

2017 Queensland state election: Cairns[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Michael Healy 8,649 30.4 −14.0
Liberal National Sam Marino 7,871 27.7 −9.7
Independent Rob Pyne 5,440 19.2 +19.2
One Nation Ian Hodge 4,157 14.6 +14.6
Greens Aaron McDonald 2,290 8.1 +0.3
Total formal votes 28,407 95.9 −1.7
Informal votes 1,206 4.1 +1.7
Turnout 29,613 81.0 −0.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Healy 15,167 53.4 −4.1
Liberal National Sam Marino 13,240 46.6 +4.1
Labor hold Swing −4.1


  1. ^ "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860-2017" (PDF). Queensland Parliamentary Record 2012-2017: The 55th Parliament. Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 27 April 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ 2017 State General Election - Cairns - District Summary, ECQ.

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