Bean – Australia 2019

ALP 8.9%

Incumbent MP
Gai Brodtmann, member for Canberra since 2010.

Bean covers the southern suburbs of Canberra and the southern parts of the ACT. Canberra covers all of the Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley districts, as well as the Woden Valley suburbs Farrer, Isaacs, Pearce, Mawson and Phillip.

Bean is a new name for the former seat of Canberra. The seat contracted southward, losing its north-eastern corner to the new version of Canberra. The suburbs moved into the new Canberra included Curtin, Lyons, Garran, Hughes, Yarralumla, Barton, Narrabundah, Kingston, Fyshwick, Campbell, Reid, Civic and Acton. These changes increased the margin from 8.5% to 8.9%.

The Australian Capital Territory first elected an MP from 1949 onwards, although this MP was only given full voting rights in 1968. Canberra was created in 1974 when the ACT gained a second seat, and the existing electorate was divided into Fraser and Canberra. The ACT gained a third electorate, Namadgi, at the 1996 election. Canberra has usually been a safe Labor seat, with a few exceptions.

The Liberal Party won the seat at the 1975 and 1977 elections, before it returned to the ALP under Ros Kelly in 1980. Kelly held the seat until 1995, when she resigned from Parliament. The by-election was won by Liberal candidate Brendan Smyth with a 16.2% swing.

The 1996 election saw a redistribution of the territory, with Canberra shifting from a southern electorate to a central electorate. Canberra was won by ACT Senator, and Minister for Trade, Bob McMullan. Smyth ran in the newly-created seat of Namadji, and was defeated by the ALP”s Annette Ellis.

The 1998 election saw the ACT’s seat entitlement return to two, and Canberra returned to the southern parts of the ACT. McMullan moved to Fraser, and sitting Member for Namadgi Annette Ellis was elected in Canberra. Ellis was re-elected in 2001, 2004 and 2007.

In 2010, Ellis retired and the seat was won by Gai Brodtmann. Brodtmann was re-elected in 2013 and 2016.

Sitting Labor MP Gai Brodtmann is expected to run for re-election.

Bean is a safe Labor seat.

2016 result

Gai Brodtmann Labor 55,09142.8+1.744.4
Jessica Adelan-Langford Liberal 48,41637.6+0.337.3
Patricia Cahill Greens 19,20014.9+1.913.7
Christopher D’Arcy BucknellBullet Train For Australia6,0134.7+0.54.7

2016 two-party-preferred result

Gai Brodtmann Labor 75,24758.5+1.058.9
Jessica Adelan-Langford Liberal 53,47341.5-1.041.1

Booth breakdown

Polling places in Bean have been divided into three areas: central, north and south.

The Labor two-party-preferred vote ranged from 59.9% in the south to 61.2% in the centre.

The Greens vote ranged from 11.1% in the south to 16.9% in the north.

Voter groupGRN prim %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Other votes15.456.16,2326.9

Election results in Bean at the 2016 federal election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and Greens primary votes.

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