Desley Boyle, since 1998.
Far North Queensland. The seat of Cairns covers the Cairns CBD and the neighbouring suburbs of Bungalow, Westcourt, Manoora, Kanimbla, Edge Hill, Mooroobool, Earlville, Bayview Heights and Woree, and parts of White Rock.
Cairns has been a Labor seat for the last century, barring a short period when it was held by an Independent Labor MP.
The seat was held by Bill McCormack from 1912 to 1930. He served as Premier of Queensland from 1925 to 1929.
The seat was won in 1998 by Desley Boyle. She has served as a minister in the Beattie and Bligh governments since 2004.
Sitting Labor MP Desley Boyle is not running for re-election. The ALP is running Cairns councillor Kirsten Lesina. The LNP is running journalist Gavin King. Katter’s Australian Party is running police officer Darren Hunt.
- John Piva (Independent)
- Gavin King (Liberal National)
- Geoff Holland (Greens)
- Kirsten Lesina (Labor)
- Darren Hunt (Katter’s Australian Party)
Cairns has a long solid history of being held by the ALP, but Cairns has been changing in recent decades, as tourism has began to push out traditional blue-collar industry, and the seat is now a marginal seat that will be under threat from the LNP.
2009 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Cairns have been divided into three areas: Central, North and South. The ALP won more primary votes than the LNP in the centre and north of the seat, while the LNP won more in the south of the seat.
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