Electoral district of Ferny Grove

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Ferny Grove
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
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Ferny Grove (2008—)
State Queensland
MP Mark Furner
Party Labor
Namesake Ferny Grove
Electors 32,479 (2015)
Area 244 km2 (94.2 sq mi)
Coordinates 27°21′S 152°51′E / 27.350°S 152.850°E / -27.350; 152.850Coordinates: 27°21′S 152°51′E / 27.350°S 152.850°E / -27.350; 152.850

Ferny Grove is one of the 89 electoral districts for the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in Australia. Located in northwest Brisbane, it is named for the suburb of Ferny Grove. It was first created in 1992, and was represented by Labor from its creation until the 2012 election, in which the LNP won with a 59.5 percent two-party vote.

The election is notable for having decided the 2015 state election. Labor won the seat back on a swing of 10 percent, just barely what it needed to take the seat off the LNP.[1] However, the Palmer United Party candidate for Ferny Grove, Mark Taverner, was revealed to be an undischarged bankrupt and therefore ineligible to run. The revelation spurred speculation that a by-election would be needed to resolve the seat. However, ABC election analyst Antony Green believed that the Ferny Grove outcome and potential by-election will not affect who forms government.[2] The Ferny Grove tally later indicated that the Palmer candidate did not have an effect on the outcome of the election, dampening chances of the Court of Disputed Returns ordering a by-election.[3] The Electoral Commission of Queensland initially indicated it would refer the situation to the Court of Disputed REturns. However, on 13 February, when it declared the results of all outstanding seats, the commission said it would not refer the Ferny Grove result to the court.[4] This made Ferny Grove the 44th seat won by Labor, formally clearing the way for Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk to form a minority government.

Members for Ferny Grove[edit]

Member Party Term
  Glen Milliner Labor 1992–1998
  Geoff Wilson Labor 1998–2012
  Dale Shuttleworth Liberal National 2012–2015
  Mark Furner Labor 2015–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2015: Ferny Grove[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Dale Shuttleworth 13,214 44.59 −9.77
Labor Mark Furner 11,253 37.97 +6.57
Greens Michael Berkman 3,589 12.11 −2.14
Palmer United Mark Taverner 993 3.35 +3.35
Independent Di Gittins 588 1.98 +1.98
Total formal votes 29,637 98.47 +0.21
Informal votes 459 1.53 −0.21
Turnout 30,096 92.66 −1.39
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Mark Furner 14,445 50.82 +10.34
Liberal National Dale Shuttleworth 13,979 49.18 −10.34
Labor gain from Liberal National Swing +10.34


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