Electoral district of Gaven

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QueenslandLegislative Assembly
Map of the electoral district of Gaven, 2017.pdf
Map of the electoral district of Gaven, 2017
Dates current2001–present
MPMeaghan Scanlon
PartyLabor Party
NamesakeGaven Way (a section
of the Pacific Motorway)
Electors33,051 (2020)
Area77 km2 (29.7 sq mi)
Coordinates27°58′S 153°17′E / 27.967°S 153.283°E / -27.967; 153.283Coordinates: 27°58′S 153°17′E / 27.967°S 153.283°E / -27.967; 153.283
Electorates around Gaven:
Theodore Theodore Bonney
Mudgeeraba Gaven Southport
Mudgeeraba Mudgeeraba Surfers Paradise
2008 map.

Gaven /ˈɡvən/ is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created out of the former district of Nerang and the southern segment of Albert in the 2001 redistribution, and encompasses the northern growth corridor of the Gold Coast. The current Member of Parliament is Meaghan Scanlon.[1]


Gaven was created in 1999, named after the Gaven Way (a section of the Pacific Motorway).[2] When it was created, it was a notionally conservative seat, part of the old South Coast electorate held for 14 years by Russ Hinze (commonly known as Sir Joh's "Minister for Everything"), and was contested for the conservative National Party by the incumbent member for Albert, Bill Baumann, at the 2001 election. However, amidst a statewide landslide victory for the Labor Party, the seat fell to union organiser Robert Poole with a 14.6% swing. The National Party agreed to let their coalition partner, the more urban Liberal Party contest the seat at the 2004 election, and though they nominated former Gold Coast mayor Ray Stevens, Poole was returned with only a slight swing against him.

Poole became the subject of increasing controversy during his second term, as he spent most of his term out of the state, living with his family in Thailand. This reached its peak in 2006, when Poole revealed that he intended to spend the first half the year in Thailand while he recovered from surgery. A furious Premier Peter Beattie demanded that Poole return or face having his seat formally declared vacant, and Poole reluctantly stepped down in late February.

Facing a highly winnable by-election, the Coalition made the decision to allow the National Party to contest the seat, which bemused some observers, who noted that the party had only polled 2% for the Senate in Gaven's federal booths at the 2004 federal election.

The 2006 state election saw Alex Douglas and Phil Gray once again running against each other, with the Queensland Greens being represented by Glen Ryman. Phil Gray won the seat by an 8% swing, with an absolute majority of primary votes.<

The 2009 state election saw Douglas and Gray pitted against each other for the third consecutive time. On this occasion, Douglas, running under the banner of the newly formed Liberal National Party, narrowly emerged as the victor.[3]

Members for Gaven[edit]

Member Party Term
  Robert Poole Labor 2001–2006
  Alex Douglas National 2006–2006
  Phil Gray Labor 2006–2009
  Alex Douglas Liberal National 2009–2012
Independent 2012–2013
Palmer United 2013–2014
Independent 2014–2015
  Sid Cramp Liberal National 2015–2017
  Meaghan Scanlon Labor 2017–present

Election results[edit]

2020 Queensland state election: Gaven[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Meaghan Scanlon 12,932 47.47 +4.40
Liberal National Kirsten Jackson 9,021 33.11 −12.99
One Nation Sharon Sewell 2,239 8.22 +8.22
Greens Sally Spain 1,503 5.52 −5.31
Legalise Cannabis Suzette Luyken 1,065 3.91 +3.91
United Australia Garry Beck 292 1.07 +1.07
Civil Liberties & Motorists Reyna Drake 192 0.70 +0.70
Total formal votes 27,244 95.05 +1.57
Informal votes 1,419 4.95 −1.57
Turnout 28,663 86.72 +0.31
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Meaghan Scanlon 15,734 57.75 +7.04
Liberal National Kirsten Jackson 11,510 42.25 −7.04
Labor hold Swing +7.04

See also[edit]


  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.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "History of Queensland electorate names" (PDF). Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Labor's Gray concedes defeat in Gaven". ABC. 26 March 2009. Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
  4. ^ 2020 State General Election – Gaven – District Summary, ECQ.

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