Barron River – QLD 2017

ALP 3.6%

Incumbent MP
Craig Crawford, since 2015.

Far North Queensland. Barron River covers the northern suburbs of Cairns, including Smithfield, Redlynch and Kuranda. Most of the electorate lies in the Cairns local government area, with small parts contained in Douglas Shire.

Barron River contracted from both directions, losing Aeroglen, Brinsmead and Whitfield to Cairns at the southern border, and losing a small area at the northern border to Cook. These changes increased the Labor margin from 3.1% to 3.6%.

The electorate of Barron River was first created for the 1972 election. At most elections this seat has been won by one of the parties who won the election.

Bill Wood won the seat for the ALP in 1972. He had previously sat as Member for Cook since 1969. He lost Barron River in 1974. He later served as a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 2004.

Martin Tenni won Barron River for the National Party in 1974. He held the seat until 1989, when the seat was won by Lesley Clark of the ALP, as part of the Labor Party’s return to government after decades of conservative rule.

Clark lost to Lyn Warwick of the Liberal Party in 1995 before returning to the seat in 1998. She retired in 2006.

Steve Wettenhall was elected for the ALP in 2006. He was re-elected in 2009, and served as a parliamentary secretary from 2009 to 2012.

In 2012, LNP candidate Michael Trout defeated Wettenhall. Trout was felled in 2015 by Labor candidate Craig Crawford.


Barron River is a marginal Labor seat and will be in play in the upcoming election.

2015 election result

Michael Trout Liberal National 13,86641.6-4.141.4
Craig Crawford Labor 13,13839.4+11.639.3
Noel Castley-Wright Greens 3,39210.2+1.010.3
Andrew SchebellaPalmer United Party2,9378.8+8.89.0

2015 two-party-preferred result

Craig Crawford Labor 16,76453.1+12.653.6
Michael Trout Liberal National 14,79446.9-12.646.4

Booth breakdown

Booths in Barron River have been divided into three areas: centre, north and south.

The ALP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 53.5% in the south to 57.8% in the centre.

The Greens vote ranged from 8.4% in the south to 11.7% in the north.

Voter groupGRN prim %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Other votes9.550.010,60437.6

Election results in Barron River at the 2015 QLD state election
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