Rankin – Australia 2019

ALP 11.3%

Incumbent MP
Jim Chalmers, since 2013.

Rankin covers suburbs in both the City of Brisbane and the City of Logan in the southern parts of the greater Brisbane region. Suburbs include Algester, Calamvale, Hillcrest, Regents Park, Heritage Park, Crestmead, Kingston, Chatswood Hills and Springwood.

No change.

The seat of Rankin was created in 1984 as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives. It has always been held by the Labor Party. It originally covered Beaudesert and the Gold Coast hinterland but it has gradually moved into safer areas closer to Brisbane.

The seat was first won in 1984 by Labor MP David Beddall. Beddall had won the marginal seat of Fadden off the Liberal Party in 1983 before moving to Rankin. Beddall joined the Hawke ministry after the 1990 election and joined the Labor cabinet after the 1993 election, serving as a cabinet minister until the defeat of the Keating government in 1996. He retired from Rankin in 1998.

Rankin was won in 1998 by Labor candidate Craig Emerson. Emerson held Rankin for the next fifteen years. Emerson joined the Labor shadow ministry following the 2001 election, and served as a minister from 2007 to 2013.

Emerson retired at the 2013 election, and Labor candidate Jim Chalmers retained the seat.


  • Jim Chalmers (Labor)
  • Neil Cotter (Greens)
  • Clinton Pattison (Liberal National)
  • Shyamal Reddy (United Australia)
  • Assessment
    Rankin is a safe Labor seat.

    2016 result

    Jim Chalmers Labor 42,14749.3+7.2
    Freya Ostapovitch Liberal National 24,45528.6-7.7
    Neil Cotter Greens 5,3736.3+1.0
    Christopher LawrieFamily First5,0115.9+2.9
    Ric DaviesLiberal Democrats3,5134.1+4.1
    Shane HolleyKatter’s Australian Party2,8743.4+1.3
    Jeffrey Dale HodgesConsumer Rights & No-Tolls2,0502.4+2.4

    2016 two-party-preferred result

    Jim Chalmers Labor 52,36261.3+6.5
    Freya Ostapovitch Liberal National 33,06138.7-6.5

    Booth breakdown

    Polling places have been split into four geographic areas. Booths in the City of Brisbane have been grouped as “west”. Booths in the City of Logan have been split into South, East and North-East.

    The ALP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 54.1% in the north-east to 70.9% in the south.

    Voter groupALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
    Other votes58.014,02216.4

    Two-party-preferred votes in Rankin at the 2016 federal election

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    1. The assistant shadow treasurer, Dr Jim Chalmers. What a smart bloke. He reckons he can collect $25 Billion P/A from the black economy !!!!!. If it were that easy wouldn’t it have already happened ??. No .This bloke is so so smart that he knows stuff that has escaped everybody else !!. He knows best.!! More!! Better !!. Yet another totally full of himself Type 5 fixation. A complete menace to the well being of our country.
      Consequently i remain extremely sceptical of anything this “genius” says.

      If he says our borders will remain secure, then i’ll be looking to by shares in the business that runs detention centres !!

    2. Jim Chalmers has an article in the Australian today. Predictably it is all about the govt budgetary failures, hightailing regime yada yada yada. Of course there is not the slightest acknowledgement of the previous govt ‘legacies”!!. Nor is there any comprehension of the total obstruction of the opposition to any spending reduction measures. The man is a totally unconscionable lying reprobate, & hypocrite.
      The good thing is that i know that there is no point in listening to any thing the man says


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