Electoral district of Mount Isa

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Mount Isa
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
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Mount Isa (2008—)
State Queensland
MP Rob Katter
Party Australian
Namesake Mount Isa
Electors 19,119 (2015)
Area 570,502 km2 (220,272.1 sq mi)
Coordinates 21°7′S 141°51′E / 21.117°S 141.850°E / -21.117; 141.850Coordinates: 21°7′S 141°51′E / 21.117°S 141.850°E / -21.117; 141.850

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

It is located in the outback of the far west of the state and covers an area of 570,502 sq kilometres.[1] As of the last State General Election (2015) it had 19,119 registered electors a decrease from 19,170 in 2009[2]

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[edit]

Member Party Term
  Alec Inch Labor 1972–1974
  Angelo Bertoni National 1974–1983
  Bill Price Labor 1983–1986
  Peter Beard Liberal 1986–1989
  Anthony McGrady Labor 1989–2006
  Betty Kiernan Labor 2006–2012
  Robbie Katter Australian 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Queensland state election, 2015: Mount Isa[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Katter's Australian Robbie Katter 7,468 46.77 +5.16
Liberal National John Wharton 4,646 29.09 −0.47
Labor Simon Tayler 2,899 18.15 −8.49
One Nation Scott Sheard 638 4.00 +4.00
Greens Marcus Foth 318 1.99 −0.18
Total formal votes 15,969 98.37 +0.01
Informal votes 264 1.63 −0.01
Turnout 16,233 83.59 −1.83
Two-candidate-preferred result
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


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