Jim Turnour, since 2007.
Far North Queensland. Leichhardt covers the Cape York Peninsula and the east coast of Australia as far south as Cairns.
The redistribution saw two parts of territory near Cairns transferred from Leichhardt to Kennedy. The ALP’s margin was increased from 4.0% to 4.1%.
Leichhardt was first created at the 1949 election. The seat has been won by a party of government at every election since 1972, which makes it one of Australia’s longest-standing bellwether seats, along with Eden-Monaro.
The seat was first won in 1949 by Tom Gilmore of the Country Party, who was defeated by the ALP’s Henry Bruce in 1951. Bruce held the seat until his death shortly before the 1958 election, when he was succeeded by Bill Fulton.
Fulton held the seat until his retirement at the 1975 election. David Thomson won the seat for the National Country Party in 1975, and served as a minister in the Fraser government from 1979 until his defeat at the 1983 election, when John Gayler (ALP) won the seat.
Gaylor held the seat until his retirement in 1993, and the ALP’s Peter Dodd held the seat for one term before he was defeated by Warren Entsch (LIB) in 1996.
Entsch held the seat for eleven years before retiring in 2007, when a swing of over 14% gave the seat to the ALP’s Jim Turnour.
- Jen Sackley (Independent)
- Yodie Batzke (Independent)
- Warren Entsch (Liberal National) - Member for Leichhardt 1996-2007.
- Shannon McSweeney (Family First)
- Neville St John-Wood (Greens)
- Jim Turnour (Labor) – Member for Leichhardt since 2007.
- Steve Lane (Independent)
The Liberals suffered a massive swing in 2007 after a problematic campaign. Part of that swing would probably have been the result of the retirement of the sitting member, and this seat would be a high priority for the Coalition to win back with the return of Warren Entsch.
Leichhardt has also been home to the controversial Wild Rivers legislation, under which the Queensland government has protected rivers in Far North Queensland from development. This has come under attack from indigenous groups who support development which would not fit within the legislation. One of Tony Abbott’s first acts as leader was to visit the area and promise legislation to overturn the Queensland laws.
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2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Despite the vast area covered by Leichhardt, most of the population lives in the area immediately around Cairns. I have grouped all booths outside of Cairns Region into ‘Cape York’. I have then divided booths in Cairns Region into three areas. Those in the former Shire of Douglas are listed under ‘Douglas’. Booths in the former City of Cairns have been split between those north of Barron River, which are grouped as ‘Kuranda’, and the rest included in ‘Cairns’.
The ALP won over 70% on Cape York and smaller margins in the southern areas, while the Liberals won a slim majority in Douglas. The Greens performed most strongly in Kuranda and Douglas.
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