Craig Emerson, since 1998.
Rankin covers suburbs in both the City of Brisbane and the City of Logan in the southern parts of the greater Brisbane region. Suburbs include Algester, Calamvale, Hillcrest, Regents Park, Heritage Park, Crestmead, Kingston, Chatswood Hills and Springwood.
The seat of Rankin was created in 1984 as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives. It has always been held by the Labor Party. It originally covered Beaudesert and the Gold Coast hinterland but it has gradually moved into safer areas closer to Brisbane.
The seat was first won in 1984 by Labor MP David Beddall. Beddall had won the marginal seat of Fadden off the Liberal Party in 1983 before moving to Rankin. Beddall joined the Hawke ministry after the 1990 election and joined the Labor cabinet after the 1993 election, serving as a cabinet minister until the defeat of the Keating government in 1996. He retired from Rankin in 1998.
Rankin was won in 1998 by Labor candidate Craig Emerson. Emerson joined the Labor shadow ministry following the 2001 election, and has been a minister in the Labor government since the 2007 election.
Sitting Labor MP Craig Emerson is not running for re-election.
- Neil Cotter (Greens)
- Chris Claydon (Katter’s Australian Party)
- Bill Rogan (Palmer United Party)
- Jim Chalmers (Labor)
- David Lin (Liberal National)
- Chris Lawrie (Family First)
Rankin has always been held by the Labor Party, but a margin of 5.4% is certainly not safe, particularly considering Queensland’s experience of large swings. The LNP will be hoping to gain this seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Polling places have been split into four geographic areas. Booths in the City of Brisbane have been grouped as “west”. Booths in the City of Logan have been split into South, East and North-East.
The ALP won solid majorities of over 60% in the two areas of the east and the south. The LNP won smaller majorities (51-54%) in the west and the north-east.
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