Redlands – QLD 2017

LNP 1.2%

Incumbent MP
Matt McEachan, since 2015.

Geography
Redlands is contained fully in the Redland council area. The seat covers Sheldon, Victoria Point and Redland Bay, as well as a number of Moreton Bay Islands and part of Thornlands.

Redistribution
Redlands previously stretched further inland, covering areas as far as Cornubia, and including Mount Cotton and Carbrook. These areas have been transferred to MacAlister and Springwood. Redlands gained part of Thornlands on its northern border from Cleveland. These changes reduced the LNP margin from 1.8% to 1.2%.

History
Redlands has existed since the 1972 election. The seat has alternated between the ALP and the National Party, and is now held by the Liberal National Party.

The seat was won in 1972 by the ALP’s Edgar Baldwin. He lost in 1974 to the Country Party’s John Goleby. He held the seat until 1985, when he was succeeded by the National Party’s Paul Clauson.

Clauson lost in 1989 to the ALP’s Darryl Briskey. Briskey moved to the seat of Cleveland in 1992, holding it until his retirement in 2006.

Briskey was succeeded by Labor candidate John Budd. He held the seat for one term, losing in 1995 to National candidate John Hegarty.

Hegarty held the seat for two terms, and in the 2001 landslide election lost to the ALP’s John English.

English held the seat until 2009, when he lost to Liberal National candidate Peter Dowling. Dowling was re-elected in 2012.

Dowling retired in 2015, and was succeeded by LNP candidate Matt McEachan.

Candidates

Assessment
Redlands is a marginal LNP seat.

2015 election result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing Redist
Matt McEachan Liberal National 13,340 43.9 -21.9 44.3
Deb Kellie Labor 10,442 34.3 +10.3 35.3
David Keogh Greens 2,261 7.4 -2.7 8.2
Sheena Hewlett Independent 1,939 6.4 +6.4 5.6
Susan Bylett Palmer United Party 1,809 5.9 +6.0 4.9
Carolyn Ferrando Family First 625 2.1 +2.1 1.7
Informal 726 2.3

2015 two-party-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing Redist
Matt McEachan Liberal National 14,399 52.2 -18.9 51.2
Deb Kellie Labor 13,167 47.8 +18.9 48.8
Exhausted 2,850 9.4

Booth breakdown

Booths in Redlands have been divided into three areas: central, east and west.

The LNP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote across the seat, but only managed a majority in one out of three areas, with 54.3% in the west. Labor polled 50.9% in the centre and 59.4% in the east.

Voter group LNP 2PP % Total votes % of votes
Central 49.1 8,780 29.8
West 54.3 5,832 19.8
East 40.6 2,644 9.0
Other votes 55.0 12,170 41.4

Two-party-preferred in Redlands at the 2015 QLD state election

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