Hinchinbrook – QLD 2017

LNP 3.4%

Incumbent MP
Andrew Cripps, since 2006.

North Queensland. Covers the Queensland coastline north of Townsville. The seat covers southern parts of Cassoway Coast council area, all of Hinchinbrook, and northern parts of Townsville LGA. The seat covers Ingham, Cardwell, Alice River, and some of the northern beaches of Townsville.

Hinchinbrook shifted south, losing the coast between Tully and Innisfail to the new seat of Hill, and gaining an area around Alice River on the outskirts of Townsville from Thuringowa. These changes cut the LNP margin from 7.1% to 3.4%.

The seat of Hinchinbrook was first created in 1950, and has been held by the Country/National/Liberal National Party since 1960.

Marc Rowell won the seat for the National Party in 1989. He briefly served as a minister in the final months of the Borbidge coalition government in 1998.

Rowell retired in 2006, and was succeeded by Andrew Cripps. Cripps was re-elected in 2009, 2012 and 2015.


Hinchinbrook is a marginal LNP seat, and is a strong area for One Nation.

2015 election result

Andrew Cripps Liberal National 12,15640.7-3.438.3
Jesse Trecco-Alexander Labor 7,15523.9+7.427.4
Barry BarnesKatter’s Australian Party5,22417.5-17.813.1
Martin BrewsterPalmer United Party3,02910.1+10.111.5
Bill HankinOne Nation1,2244.1+4.15.4
Jenny Stirling Greens 1,1013.7+0.53.3
Family First0.4

2015 two-party-preferred result

Andrew Cripps Liberal National 14,35457.153.4
Jesse Trecco-Alexander Labor 10,80442.946.6

Booth breakdown

Booths in Hinchinbrook have been divided into three areas: central, north and south. Each area aligns with one of the three local government areas in the seat. A majority of ordinary votes were cast in the south.

The LNP won solid majorities of the two-party-preferred vote in the two less-populated parts of the seat: 59.6% in the centre and 65.6% in the north. Labor polled 52% in the populous south.

Katter’s Australian Party polled over 27% in the north, 22% in the centre and 9% in the south. The Palmer United Party polled 14% in the south and around 6% in the other two areas.


Voter groupKAP prim %PUP prim %LNP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Other votes10.612.356.37,76329.5

Election results in Hinchinbrook at the 2015 QLD state election
Click on the ‘visible layers’ box to toggle between two-party-preferred votes, Katter’s Australian Party primary votes and Palmer United Party primary votes.

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