Ian Macfarlane, since 1998.
Groom covers the city of Toowoomba and rural areas to the west of the city contained entirely within Toowoomba Region council area.
Groom was created as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives at the 1984 election. The seat has always been held by Coalition MPs.
Groom was first won in 1984 by the National Party’s Tom McVeigh. McVeigh had been Member for Darling Downs since the 1972 election, and was elected Member for Groom in 1984 when Darling Downs was abolished. Darling Downs had previously centred on Toowoomba, which became the centre of the new seat of Groom.
McVeigh retired in 1988, triggering a by-election. The Liberal Party contested the by-election, and their candidate Bill Taylor outpolled the Nationals by 4.5% on primary votes and won a substantial majority on Labor preferences.
Taylor held the seat for a decade, retiring in 1998. The Nationals again challenged for the seat, but fell into fourth place behind Labor and One Nation, with the Liberal Party’s Ian Macfarlane winning the seat.
Macfarlane was made a junior minister in January 2001, and joined the Howard cabinet after the 2001 election as Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, a role he held for the remainder of the Howard government. Macfarlane has been a senior member of the Coalition frontbench since the defeat of the Howard government in 2007.
- Robert Henry Thies (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Troy Murray (Labor)
- Chris Whitty (Katter’s Australian Party)
- Ian Macfarlane (Liberal National)
- Trevor Smith (Greens)
- Rick Armitage (Rise Up Australia)
- Ewen James Mathieson (Palmer United Party)
- Alex J Todd (Family First)
Groom is a very safe LNP seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. A majority of the population lives in the Toowoomba, and these booths were split into two halves: north and south. The booths outside of the Toowoomba urban area have also been split into north and south.
The LNP won a majority in all four areas, ranging from 62.3% in Toowoomba North to 77.4% in the rural south of the seat.
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