Electoral district of Mount Isa
Mount Isa (2008—)
|Area||570,502 km2 (220,272.1 sq mi)|
It is located in the outback of the far west of the state and covers an area of 570,502 sq kilometres. As of the last State General Election (2015) it had 19,119 registered electors a decrease from 19,170 in 2009
The district takes its name from the mining city of Mount Isa, which holds the great majority of the electorate's population. Most of the electorate is virtually unpopulated. It is one of five remote electorates that are allowed a greater variance from the average seat's population.
The seat was held by the conservative parties for all but two terms in the first two decades of its existence, mostly coinciding with the height of National dominance. Labor took the seat in its 1989 landslide and held it for almost a quarter-century, usually without serious difficulty. It was one of the few areas of regional Queensland where Labor did well.
In 2012, however, Robbie Katter took the seat for Katter's Australian Party on a massive swing, pushing Labor into third place. Katter's father is Bob Katter, the federal member for Kennedy and the founder/leader of the Australian Party. Indeed, the seat is virtually coextensive with the western portion of the elder Katter's federal seat, and much of the eastern portion was part of the elder Katter's state seat of Flinders. The younger Katter was reelected almost as easily in 2015 even as Labor took back government.
Members for Mount Isa
|Katter's Australian||Robbie Katter||7,468||46.77||+5.16|
|Liberal National||John Wharton||4,646||29.09||−0.47|
|One Nation||Scott Sheard||638||4.00||+4.00|
|Total formal votes||15,969||98.37||+0.01|
|Katter's Australian||Robbie Katter||9,304||65.19||+5.15|
|Liberal National||John Wharton||4,968||34.81||−5.15|
|Katter's Australian hold||Swing||+5.15|
- Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)