Electoral district of Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
ECQ-2017-Final-Surfers Paradise.pdf
Electoral map of Surfers Paradise 2017
MPJohn-Paul Langbroek
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeSurfers Paradise
Electors35,065 (2020)
Area24 km2 (9.3 sq mi)
Coordinates27°59′S 153°24′E / 27.983°S 153.400°E / -27.983; 153.400Coordinates: 27°59′S 153°24′E / 27.983°S 153.400°E / -27.983; 153.400
Electorates around Surfers Paradise:
Bonney Broadwater Coral Sea
Southport Surfers Paradise Coral Sea
Mermaid Beach Coral Sea
Electoral map of Surfers Paradise 2008

Surfers Paradise is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. Located in the central portion of the Gold Coast, it is named for Surfers Paradise, the largest suburb of the Gold Coast.[1]

While the Gold Coast has historically tilted conservative, Surfers Paradise has historically been a particularly conservative seat even by Gold Coast standards. It is one of the few areas of the Gold Coast where Labor has never been competitive at the state level. It was originally a National seat for all but one term from its creation in 1972 to 2001, with its best-known member being Rob Borbidge, the last National Premier of Queensland.

This tradition was broken after Borbidge resigned in the wake of the Coalition's massive defeat in the 2001 state election. Due to voter anger at having to go back to the polls for the second time in three months, the Nationals' primary vote plummeted to eight percent, allowing the former mayor of the Gold Coast, Lex Bell, to win as an independent. The seat reverted to form at the 2004 state election, in which Bell was defeated by Liberal John-Paul Langbroek on a large swing.

Since then, the seat has been one of the safest seats in Queensland for the Liberals and the merged Liberal National Party of Queensland. It is presently the safest LNP seat in the state, with a 19.8 percent swing needed for Labor to win it. As a measure of how conservative this seat is, Langbroek suffered a swing of 10 percent in 2015, but still retained it with a comfortable majority of 19.2 percent. Langbroek briefly served as opposition leader from 2011 to 2012—the first member from the Liberal side of the merger to hold the post.

The seat is almost entirely within the equally conservative federal seat of Moncrieff.

Members for Surfers Paradise[edit]

Member Party Term
  (Sir) Bruce Small Country 1972–1974
  National 1974–1977
  Bruce Bishop Liberal 1977–1980
  Rob Borbidge National 1980–2001
  Lex Bell Independent 2001–2004
  John-Paul Langbroek Liberal 2004–2008
  Liberal National 2008–present

Election results[edit]

2020 Queensland state election: Surfers Paradise[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National John-Paul Langbroek 16,470 57.73 −5.50
Labor Brianna Bailey 7,265 25.47 +3.06
Greens Nelson Quinn 2,324 8.15 −0.96
One Nation Leeanne Schultz 1,785 6.26 +6.26
United Australia Roger McKay 684 2.40 +2.40
Total formal votes 28,528 96.51 +2.06
Informal votes 1,031 3.49 −2.06
Turnout 29,559 84.30 +3.34
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National John-Paul Langbroek 18,890 66.22 −3.57
Labor Brianna Bailey 9,638 33.78 +3.57
Liberal National hold Swing −3.57


  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. ^ 2020 State General Election – Surfers Paradise – District Summary, ECQ.

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