ALP 3.1% vs ON
Brittany Lauga, since 2015.
North Queensland. Keppel covers regional areas along the coast to the north of Rockhampton, including Yeppoon, northern suburbs of Rockhampton, and the Keppel islands.
Keppel was first contested at the 1992 election. A former seat with the same name had existed from 1912 to 1960. The current incarnation was held by the National Party until 2004 and then was held by Labor until 2012. The seat has alternated since then.
The seat was first won in 1992 by National Party MP Vince Lester. He had previously held the seats of Belyando and Peak Downs, having first been elected in 1974. Lester had served as a minister in the National Party government from 1983 until 1989.
Lester retired in 2004, and Keppel was won by ALP candidate Paul Hoolihan. Hoolihan won re-election in 2006 and 2009.
In 2012, Hoolihan was defeated by LNP candidate Bruce Young. Young held the seat for one term, and lost in 2015 to Labor’s Brittany Lauga. Lauga was re-elected in 2017.
Keppel is a marginal seat, and could be a target for either One Nation or the LNP.
|Matt Loth||One Nation||7,865||25.5||+25.5|
|Peter Blundell||Liberal National||7,691||24.9||-15.0|
2017 two-party-preferred result
|Matt Loth||One Nation||14,480||46.9||+46.9|
Booths in Keppel have been divided into three areas. Polling places in the Rockhampton urban area have been grouped together, with the remainder split into central and north.
Labor won a majority of the two-candidate-preferred vote (against One Nation) in all three areas, ranging from 52.3% in the centre to 60.8% in the Rockhampton area. One Nation polled 51.2% in the pre-poll vote.
The LNP came third, with a primary vote ranging from 20.3% in the centre to 27.1% in the north.
|Voter group||LNP prim||ALP 2CP||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Keppel at the 2017 QLD state election
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