Electoral district of Cairns

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QueenslandLegislative Assembly
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Cairns (2008—)
State Queensland
MP Rob Pyne
Party Independent
Namesake Cairns
Electors 36,290 (2015)
Area 49 km2 (18.9 sq mi)
Coordinates 16°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

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

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 became an independent in 2016, but still supports Labor on confidence and supply.

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
  Kidston 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–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2015: Cairns[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rob Pyne 13,770 45.60 +18.12
Liberal National Gavin King 10,960 36.30 −6.21
Palmer United Jeanette Sackley 2,902 9.61 +9.61
Greens Myra Gold 2,010 6.66 −0.45
Independent Bernice Kelly 553 1.83 +1.83
Total formal votes 30,195 97.61 −0.07
Informal votes 739 2.39 +0.07
Turnout 30,934 85.24 −2.59
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rob Pyne 16,563 58.45 +17.32
Liberal National Gavin King 11,774 41.55 −17.32
Labor gain from Liberal National Swing +17.32


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