Electoral district of Townsville
|Party||Australian Labor Party|
|Area||250 km2 (96.5 sq mi)|
Townsville is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. The seat is one of four within the Townsville urban area in North Queensland, and covers the Eastern and Northern suburbs of the City of Townsville as well as Magnetic Island and Palm Island.
Significant features in Townsville within the electorate are; The Strand, the Port of Townsville, Townsville Airport, RAAF Garbutt, Castle Hill, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Reef HQ, various administrative centres for Local, State and federal Governments. Suburbs of Townsville within the Electorate include; Townsville, North Ward, Castle Hill, Belgian Gardens, West End, Hyde Park, Garbutt, Mount Louisa, Currajong, Railway Estate, South Townsville, Rowes Bay, Bohle and Pallarenda. Two populated islands fall within the electorate; Magnetic Island and Palm Island, each have about 2500 residents, 93% of Palm Island's inhabitants are Indigenous.
The Electoral district of Townsville was created in 1878, then the Additional Members Act of 1885 (which took effect late 1885 / early 1886) was divided in two, one retaining the name of Townsville, the other becoming Musgrave which existed until 1923. From late 1885 it was determined that the Townsville Electorate would elect two representatives to the Legislative Assembly.
Premier Robert Philp (Premier 1899-1903 and 1907–08) was elected as one of the two Townsville members when his previous Electorate of Musgrave absorbed. His parliamentary activity was mainly in support of North Queensland and his own business interests - extending railway links to North Queensland, and the abolition of import tariffs. When the import of Pacific Islanders was temporarily halted in 1892 Philp was instrumental in securing its resumption.
In 1912 the Electoral district of Mundingburra was created to accommodate for the return to universal single member electorates. 1923 saw the further reduction in size of the Electorate with the northern part of the city ceded to Kennedy and the southern part to Mundingburra, and in 1959 it was abolished and divided into the two electorates of South Townsville and North Townsville. The 1971 redistribution recreated the Electorate with new neighbours, Townsville West and Townsville South, Townsville included most of the Northern part of the City and some rural areas which were formerly in Hinchinbrook. The Electorate was reduced in size again in 1986 redistribution with a new neighbour of Townsville East. When Townsville East was abolished in 1991 Townsville Electorate gained land but lost land in the South-West corner to the newly re-created seat of Mundingburra.
In 1998 Mike Reyolds was elected as the new Member for the Townsville Electorate taking over from retiring Labor Member Ken Geoff Smith and was immediately appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier in North Queensland. After increasing the Townsville margin in 2001 Reynolds was promoted to Cabinet as Minister for Emergency Services and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland. In 2004, Reynolds was moved to the new Child Safety Ministry with Ministerial responsibilities for adoptions, child protection services, foster/kinship carers etc.
Members for Townsville
|First incarnation (1878–1885, 1 member)|
|John Murtagh Macrossan||Unaligned||1879–1885|
|Second incarnation (1885–1912, 2 members)|
|John Murtagh Macrossan||Unaligned||1885–1891|
|William Villiers Brown||Unaligned||1885–1888|
|William Villiers Brown||Unaligned||1891–1893|
|Third incarnation (1912–1960, 1 member)|
|William Green||Northern Country||1920–1923|
|Fourth incarnation (1972–present, 1 member)|
|John Hathaway||Liberal National||2012–2015|
|Queensland state election, 2015: Townsville|
|Liberal National||John Hathaway||10,130||36.02||−2.62|
|Palmer United||Alan Birrell||2,697||9.59||+9.59|
|One Nation||Leanne Rissman||1,079||3.84||+3.84|
|Family First||Michael Punshon||596||2.12||−0.48|
|Total formal votes||28,125||97.87||+0.11|
|Liberal National||John Hathaway||11,360||44.31||−10.52|
|Labor gain from Liberal National||Swing||+10.52|
- "ABC Electorate guide". Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- "Team Beattie Electorate guide". Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Magnetic Island". Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Brisbane Institute - Lessons from Palm Island". Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Dept of Communities - Community Renewal". Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Electoral Commission of Queensland map of Electorate" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 - 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- 2015 State General Election - Townsville - District Summary, ECQ.
- Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)