Electoral district of Cairns
|Area||49 km2 (18.9 sq mi)|
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 became an independent in 2016, but still supports Labor on confidence and supply.
Members for Cairns
|Thomas Joseph Byrnes||Ministerial||1893–1896|
|Lou Barnes||Independent Labor||1942–1947|
|Keith De Lacy||Labor||1983–1998|
|Gavin King||Liberal National||2012–2015|
|Liberal National||Gavin King||10,960||36.30||−6.21|
|Palmer United||Jeanette Sackley||2,902||9.61||+9.61|
|Total formal votes||30,195||97.61||−0.07|
|Liberal National||Gavin King||11,774||41.55||−17.32|
|Labor gain from Liberal National||Swing||+17.32|
- Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)