Paul Neville, since 1993.
Central Queensland. Hinkler covers the city of Bundaberg and rural areas south of the city.
Hinkler was reduced in size, losing rural areas to the south of the new seat. These included rural areas transferred to Flynn and Wide Bay, as well as rural areas outside of Maryborough.
Hinkler was created in 1984. It has been held by the National Party for most of the last quarter-century. The seat was originally considered notionally Labor when it was created in 1984. It was won by Bryan Conquest (NAT), who only held the seat until 1987, when Brian Courtice (ALP) won Hinkler. Paul Neville won the seat in 1993 and has held it ever since.
The ALP’s challenge to the seat in 2007 foundered when their candidate, Garry Parr, attacked the parents of an Australian soldier as “warmongers“, yet the Nationals suffered a 6.7% swing, reducing their margin to 1.7%.
- Jenny Fitzgibbon (Greens)
- Belinda McNeven (Labor) – Deputy Mayor of Fraser Coast.
- Trevor Versace (Family First)
- Cy D’Oliviera (Independent)
- Paul Neville (Liberal National) – Member for Hinkler since 1993.
- Adrian Wone (Independent)
Hinkler is a seat where the ALP came close in 2007 despite major problems with their local campaign and a candidate making major mistakes. If the ALP runs a stronger campaign in the seat in 2010 Hinkler is certainly vulnerable.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
Hinkler straddles two local government areas: Bundaberg and Fraser Coast. I have divided the booths in Bundaberg LGA into three areas: those in the city of Bundaberg itself, those rural areas near Bundaberg (named after the former Woongarra shire) and those rural areas further afield (named after the former Isis shire).
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