Electoral results for the Division of Cunningham

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This is a list of electoral results for the Division of Cunningham in Australian federal elections from the division's creation in 1949 until the present.

Members[edit]

Member Party Years
  Billy Davies Labor 1949–1956
  Victor Kearney Labor 1956–1963
  Rex Connor Labor 1963–1977
  Stewart West Labor 1977–1993
  Stephen Martin Labor 1993–2002
  Michael Organ Greens 2002–2004
  Sharon Bird Labor 2004–present

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sharon Bird 46,414 47.89 +0.89
Liberal Michelle Blicavs 28,263 29.16 −2.81
Greens Cath Blakey 14,200 14.65 +3.30
Christian Democrats Michelle Ryan 3,939 4.06 +1.74
Science Nathan Waters 2,526 2.61 +2.61
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 1,582 1.63 +0.67
Total formal votes 96,924 95.16 +2.20
Informal votes 4,933 4.84 −2.20
Turnout 101,857 91.44 −1.75
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Bird 61,377 63.32 +2.03
Liberal Michelle Blicavs 35,547 36.68 −2.03
Labor hold Swing +2.03
Australian federal election, 2013: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sharon Bird 41,522 45.54 −3.63
Liberal Philip Clifford 30,685 33.65 +0.80
Greens Helen Wilson 10,730 11.77 −3.35
Palmer United Christopher Atlee 4,253 4.66 +4.66
Christian Democrats Rob George 2,204 2.42 +2.42
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 897 0.98 −0.41
Katter's Australian John Bursill 886 0.97 +0.97
Total formal votes 91,177 93.63 −0.69
Informal votes 6,208 6.37 +0.69
Turnout 97,385 93.56 −0.21
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Bird 54,595 59.88 −3.29
Liberal Philip Clifford 36,582 40.12 +3.29
Labor hold Swing −3.29
Australian federal election, 2010: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sharon Bird 43,769 49.17 −3.20
Liberal Philip Clifford 29,241 32.85 +4.94
Greens George Takacs 13,461 15.12 +0.90
Socialist Alliance Jess Moore 1,303 1.46 +0.68
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 1,240 1.39 +0.85
Total formal votes 89,014 94.32 −1.77
Informal votes 5,359 5.68 +1.77
Turnout 94,373 93.72 −2.41
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Bird 56,234 63.17 −3.70
Liberal Philip Clifford 32,780 36.83 +3.70
Labor hold Swing −3.70

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Australian federal election, 2007: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sharon Bird 44,835 53.23 +12.46
Liberal Colin Fowler 22,438 26.64 −2.45
Greens Michael Organ 12,326 14.63 −4.80
Christian Democrats Nolene Norsworthy 2,232 2.65 −0.54
Family First Jemma Tribe 1,203 1.43 +1.43
Socialist Alliance Jess Moore 706 0.84 +0.45
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 489 0.58 +0.14
Total formal votes 84,229 96.04 +2.40
Informal votes 3,471 3.96 −2.40
Turnout 87,700 95.68 +0.26
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Bird 57,382 68.13 +6.51
Liberal Colin Fowler 26,847 31.87 −6.51
Labor hold Swing +6.51
Australian federal election, 2004: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sharon Bird 29,041 39.64 −4.55
Liberal John Larter 21,115 28.82 +0.78
Greens Michael Organ 14,747 20.13 +13.49
Christian Democrats Jeff Dakers 2,547 3.48 +0.99
Independent David Moulds 1,796 2.45 +2.45
Progressive Labour James Stewart Keene 1,774 2.42 +2.42
Democrats Tony Evans 686 0.94 −6.23
liberals for forests Christopher Scrogie 509 0.69 +0.69
Independent Paul Wilcock 375 0.51 +0.51
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 355 0.48 +0.48
Socialist Alliance Chris Williams 310 0.42 +0.42
Total formal votes 73,255 93.55 −1.61
Informal votes 5,048 6.45 +1.61
Turnout 78,303 95.67 +0.25
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Bird 45,026 61.46 +0.81
Liberal John Larter 28,229 38.54 −0.81
Labor gain from Greens Swing N/A
Cunningham by-election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Sharon Bird 25,671 38.13 −6.06
Greens Michael Organ 15,505 23.03 +16.39
Independent David Moulds 9,147 13.59 +13.59
Independent Peter Wilson 7,107 10.56 +10.56
One Nation Geoff Crocker 2,696 4.00 −0.63
Christian Democrats Owen Nannelli 2,566 3.81 +1.32
Democrats Linda Chapman 1,514 2.25 −4.92
AAFI David Hughes 889 1.32 +1.32
Independent Meg Sampson 671 1.00 +1.00
Non-Custodial Parents John Flanagan 556 0.83 +0.83
Independent James Keene 483 0.72 +0.72
Socialist Alliance Chris Williams 399 0.59 +0.59
CEC Hal A Johnson 120 0.18 +0.18
Total formal votes 67,324 92.26 −2.90
Informal votes 5,647 7.74 +2.90
Turnout 72,971 89.51 −5.91
Two-party-preferred result
Greens Michael Organ 35,160 52.23 +52.23
Labor Sharon Bird 32,164 47.77 +47.77
Greens gain from Labor Swing +52.23
Australian federal election, 2001: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stephen Martin 32,722 44.19 −8.13
Liberal Jeremy Fields 20,760 28.04 +2.97
Democrats Michael Newman 5,307 7.17 +1.44
Greens Carol Berry 4,914 6.64 +2.22
Independent Trevor Mott 4,235 5.72 +5.72
One Nation John Curtis 3,425 4.63 −3.11
Christian Democrats Paul Skinner 1,841 2.49 +0.17
No GST J Edwin Pink 840 1.13 +1.13
Total formal votes 74,044 95.16 −1.39
Informal votes 3,763 4.84 +1.39
Turnout 77,807 95.81
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Martin 44,904 60.65 −7.12
Liberal Jeremy Fields 29,140 39.35 +7.12
Labor hold Swing −7.12

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1998: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stephen Martin 37,592 52.94 +0.35
Liberal Alan Akhurst 17,285 24.34 −5.47
One Nation John Curtis 5,378 7.57 +7.57
Democrats Stephen Ivaneza 4,108 5.79 +0.80
Greens Les Robinson 3,158 4.45 −1.39
Christian Democrats Robert O'Neill 1,755 2.47 −0.16
Democratic Socialist Margaret Perrott 663 0.93 +0.93
Unity Jennifer van der Horn 550 0.77 +0.77
Independent Frank Coluccio 515 0.73 +0.73
Total formal votes 71,004 96.51 +0.12
Informal votes 2,564 3.49 −0.12
Turnout 73,568 95.27 −1.26
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Martin 48,423 68.20 +5.29
Liberal Alan Akhurst 22,581 31.80 −5.29
Labor hold Swing +5.29
Australian federal election, 1996: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stephen Martin 37,267 52.59 −6.00
Liberal Philip Williams 21,124 29.81 +3.45
Greens Will Douglas 4,139 5.84 +1.13
Democrats Mark Chilton 3,535 4.99 +0.86
Call to Australia Robert O'Neill 1,863 2.63 +0.98
Margaret Perrott 1,675 2.36 +2.36
Independent Paul Wilcock 939 1.33 +1.33
Natural Law Fred Misdom 317 0.45 −0.28
Total formal votes 70,859 96.39 −0.27
Informal votes 2,651 3.61 +0.27
Turnout 73,510 96.53 +0.16
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Martin 44,302 62.91 −5.00
Liberal Philip Williams 26,122 37.09 +5.00
Labor hold Swing −5.00
Australian federal election, 1993: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stephen Martin 41,011 58.59 +8.66
Liberal Ralph Lynch 18,453 26.36 +1.70
Greens Carole Medcalf 3,300 4.71 −0.64
Democrats Daniela Reverberi 2,890 4.13 −9.62
Independent Meg Sampson 1,923 2.76 +2.76
Call to Australia Robert O'Neill 1,155 1.65 +1.58
Independent Michael West 740 1.06 +1.06
Natural Law Fred Misdom 510 0.73 +0.73
Total formal votes 79,991 96.66 −0.28
Informal votes 2,419 3.34 +0.28
Turnout 72,410 96.37
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Martin 47,485 67.91 +15.51
Liberal Ralph Lynch 22,440 32.09 +32.09
Labor hold Swing +15.51
Australian federal election, 1990: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 27,547 44.4 −14.7
Liberal Jeff Thomson 13,511 21.8 −7.7
Democrats Meg Sampson 8,455 13.6 +3.2
Rex Connor Labor Rex Connor 7,947 12.8 +12.8
Greens Steve Brigham 4,295 6.9 +6.9
Independent Peter Symonds 308 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 62,063 96.3
Informal votes 2,371 3.7
Turnout 64,434 95.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 32,471 52.4 −12.0
Democrats Meg Sampson 29,473 47.6 +47.6
Labor hold Swing −12.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1987: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 34,365 59.1 −3.7
Liberal Jeff Thomson 17,171 29.5 +4.2
Democrats Ray Dargavel 6,038 10.4 +2.8
Independent Rudy Pasara 568 1.0 +1.0
Total formal votes 58,142 93.6
Informal votes 3,988 6.4
Turnout 62,130 92.9
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 37,442 64.4 −4.7
Liberal Jeff Thomson 20,693 35.6 +4.7
Labor hold Swing −4.7
Australian federal election, 1984: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 35,250 62.8 +1.2
Liberal Gayle Mitchell 14,209 25.3 −0.6
Democrats Greg Butler 4,281 7.6 +0.8
Independent Neil Cleary 1,221 2.2 +2.2
Independent Rudolph Dezelin 621 1.1 +1.1
Socialist Workers John Garcia 561 1.0 −2.8
Total formal votes 56,143 92.8
Informal votes 4,347 7.2
Turnout 60,490 94.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 38,750 69.1 −0.8
Liberal Gayle Mitchell 17,365 30.9 +0.8
Labor hold Swing −0.8
Australian federal election, 1983: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 46,419 63.2 +7.3
Liberal Gary Fisher 17,874 24.3 −6.2
Democrats George Jones 4,986 6.8 −0.4
Socialist Workers Diana Covell 2,802 3.8 +2.1
Communist Romaine Rutnam 704 1.0 −2.6
Socialist Labour Rudolf Pasara 689 0.9 −0.2
Total formal votes 73,474 97.0
Informal votes 2,260 3.0
Turnout 75,734 95.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 71.5 +6.4
Liberal Gary Fisher 28.5 −6.4
Labor hold Swing +6.4
Australian federal election, 1980: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 40,042 55.9 +2.4
Liberal Thomas Griffin 21,818 30.5 −0.8
Democrats Megan Sampson 5,185 7.2 −3.6
Communist Peter Cockcroft 2,585 3.6 +2.0
Socialist Workers Andrew Jamieson 1,197 1.7 +1.7
Socialist Labour Richard Moore 810 1.1 +1.1
Total formal votes 71,637 96.7
Informal votes 2,476 3.3
Turnout 74,113 95.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 65.1 +4.4
Liberal Thomas Griffin 34.9 −4.4
Labor hold Swing +4.4

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1977: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 36,559 53.5 −8.2
Liberal Thomas Griffin 21,419 31.3 −5.1
Democrats Ross Sampson 7,388 10.8 +10.8
Independent Noel Dennett 1,583 2.3 +2.3
Communist Mervyn Nixon 1,073 1.6 +1.6
Independent Rudolph Dezelin 375 0.5 +0.5
Total formal votes 68,397 97.2
Informal votes 1,957 2.8
Turnout 70,354 95.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 60.7 −1.6
Liberal Thomas Griffin 39.3 +1.6
Labor hold Swing −1.6
Cunningham by-election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stewart West 36,425 56.4 −5.3
Liberal Thomas Griffin 20,748 32.1 −4.3
Democrats Ross Sampson 5,011 7.8 +7.8
Independent Rudolph Dezelin 1,136 1.8 +1.8
Total formal votes 64,556 97.2
Informal votes 1,888 2.8
Turnout 66,444 86.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stewart West 60.7 −1.9
Liberal Thomas Griffin 39.3 +1.9
Labor hold Swing −1.9
Australian federal election, 1975: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rex Connor 42,350 61.7 −8.2
Liberal Peter Swan 24,972 36.4 +9.3
Workers Peter Robertson 681 1.0 +1.0
Independent Bernard Groben 611 0.9 +0.9
Total formal votes 68,614 98.0
Informal votes 1,420 2.0
Turnout 70,034 96.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rex Connor 62.4 −9.4
Liberal Peter Swan 37.6 +9.4
Labor hold Swing −9.4
Australian federal election, 1974: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rex Connor 47,129 69.9 +5.5
Liberal Warren Hough 18,242 27.1 +1.0
Australia Susan Healy 2,067 3.1 −1.9
Total formal votes 67,438 98.3
Informal votes 1,140 1.7
Turnout 68,578 95.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rex Connor 71.8 +2.7
Liberal Warren Hough 28.2 −2.7
Labor hold Swing +2.7
Australian federal election, 1972: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rex Connor 38,306 64.4 +0.4
Liberal John Poel 15,524 26.1 −7.9
Australia John Sladek 2,962 5.0 +5.0
Democratic Labor Peter Daly 1,968 3.3 +3.3
Communist Reg Wilding 692 1.2 −0.9
Total formal votes 59,452 96.8
Informal votes 1,981 3.2
Turnout 61,433 95.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rex Connor 69.1 +3.2
Liberal John Poel 30.9 −3.2
Labor hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1969: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rex Connor 35,092 64.0 +11.9
Liberal John Poel 18,618 34.0 −8.4
Communist Reg Wilding 1,126 2.1 +0.4
Total formal votes 54,836 97.1
Informal votes 1,643 2.9
Turnout 56,479 95.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rex Connor 65.9 +10.3
Liberal John Poel 34.1 −10.3
Labor hold Swing +10.3
Australian federal election, 1966: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rex Connor 31,986 54.5 −3.9
Liberal John Poel 23,473 40.0 +1.8
Independent Victor Kearney 1,951 3.3 +3.3
Communist Reg Wilding 977 1.7 −1.7
Independent Jeffrey Fenton 354 0.6 +0.6
Total formal votes 58,741 96.6
Informal votes 2,066 3.4
Turnout 60,807 95.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rex Connor 58.0 −3.5
Liberal John Poel 42.0 +3.5
Labor hold Swing −3.5
Australian federal election, 1963: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rex Connor 31,905 58.4 −3.6
Liberal Jack Hough 20,900 38.2 +3.9
Communist Bill McDougall 1,836 3.4 −0.3
Total formal votes 54,641 97.5
Informal votes 1,390 2.5
Turnout 56,031 95.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Rex Connor 61.5 −3.8
Liberal Jack Hough 38.5 +3.8
Labor hold Swing −3.8
Australian federal election, 1961: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Victor Kearney 31,474 62.0 +4.2
Liberal Jack Hough 17,422 34.3 −0.8
Communist Bill McDougall 1,884 3.7 +0.6
Total formal votes 50,780 97.1
Informal votes 1,532 2.9
Turnout 52,312 95.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Victor Kearney 65.3 +3.9
Liberal Jack Hough 34.7 −3.9
Labor hold Swing +3.9

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1958: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Victor Kearney 25,087 57.8 −4.4
Liberal Jack Hough 15,242 35.1 +2.1
Democratic Labor Harold Woods 1,716 4.0 +4.0
Communist Bill McDougall 1,336 3.1 −1.7
Total formal votes 43,381 95.3
Informal votes 2,141 4.7
Turnout 45,522 94.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Victor Kearney 61.4 −5.1
Liberal Jack Hough 38.6 +5.1
Labor hold Swing −5.1
Cunningham by-election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Victor Kearney unopposed
Labor hold Swing
Australian federal election, 1955: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Billy Davies 25,180 62.2 +0.7
Liberal John Parkinson 13,370 33.0 +0.8
Communist William Harkness 1,931 4.8 −1.5
Total formal votes 40,481 97.2
Informal votes 1,172 2.8
Turnout 41,653 95.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Billy Davies 66.5 +0.6
Liberal John Parkinson 33.5 −0.6
Labor hold Swing +0.6
Australian federal election, 1954: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Billy Davies 27,683 62.1 +0.4
Liberal John Parkinson 14,067 31.9 −0.1
Communist Bill Parkinson 2,644 6.0 −0.2
Total formal votes 44,094 98.7
Informal votes 588 1.3
Turnout 44,682 96.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Billy Davies 67.5 +0.2
Liberal John Parkinson 32.5 −0.2
Labor hold Swing +0.2
Australian federal election, 1951: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Billy Davies 24,433 61.7 +1.0
Liberal Alan Thomson 12,674 32.0 +0.3
Communist Eric Aarons 2,466 6.2 −1.4
Total formal votes 39,573 98.3
Informal votes 691 1.7
Turnout 40,264 96.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Billy Davies 67.7 −0.5
Liberal Alan Thomson 32.3 +0.5
Labor hold Swing −0.5

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Australian federal election, 1949: Cunningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Billy Davies 22,795 60.7 +3.0
Liberal Alan Thomson 11,892 31.7 +0.8
Communist Eric Aarons 2,854 7.6 −4.7
Total formal votes 37,541 97.3
Informal votes 1,047 2.7
Turnout 38,588 95.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Billy Davies 68.2 +0.4
Liberal Alan Thomson 31.8 −0.4
Labor hold Swing +0.4

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