Ipswich West – QLD 2017

ALP 9.1%

Incumbent MP
Jim Madden, since 2015.

Geography
South-East Queensland. Ipswich West covers the western Ipswich suburbs of North Ipswich, Brassall, Leichhardt, Yamanto and Karalee, as well as rural areas to the west of Ipswich including Pine Mountain, Marburg and Rosewood.

Redistribution
Ipswich West moved closer to the Ipswich city centre, gaining Yamanto from Ipswich, and losing semi-rural areas to the north-west, including Lowood, Vernor, Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale and Clarendon, to Lockyer. These changes increased the Labor margin from 7.7% to 9.1%.

History

Ipswich West has existed since 1960. In that time it has been won by the Labor Party at all but three elections.

The ALP held the seat from 1960 to 1974, when it was lost to the National Party at a landslide election. Labor recovered the seat in 1977.

David Underwood held the seat from 1977 until 1989, when he was replaced by Don Livingstone.

Livingstone held the seat from 1989 until 1998, when he lost to One Nation’s Jack Paff. Paff helped form the new City Country Alliance in 1999, and lost to Livingstone in 2001. Livingstone served two more terms, retiring in 2006.

The ALP’s Wayne Wendt was elected in Ipswich West in 2006 and he won a second term in 2009.

In 2012, Wendt was defeated by LNP candidate Sean Choat. Choat lost in 2015 to Labor candidate Jim Madden.

Candidates

Assessment
Ipswich West will likely remain in Labor hands.

2015 election result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Jim Madden Labor 14,02545.7+13.847.1
Sean Choat Liberal National 10,91135.5-8.034.6
Chris ReynoldsOne Nation3,07610.0+10.08.5
Ian Simons Greens 1,7825.8-0.56.1
Leo TaltyIndependent9253.0+3.02.5
Others0.7
Family First0.5
Informal6322.0

2015 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Jim Madden Labor 16,37657.7+14.959.1
Sean Choat Liberal National 11,99842.3-14.940.9
Exhausted2,3457.6

Booth breakdown

Booths in Ipswich West have been divided into three areas: north-east, south-east and west.

The ALP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 51% in the west to 67.6% in the south-east.

One Nation came third, with a vote ranging from 6.5% in the south-east to 12.6% in the west.

Voter groupON prim %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
North-East7.760.110,25937.6
West12.651.04,48216.4
South-East6.567.64,23915.5
Other votes8.357.68,28630.4

Two-party-preferred votes in Ipswich West at the 2015 QLD state election

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