ALP 4.1% vs ON
Aaron Harper, since 2015.
Far North Queensland. Thuringowa covers southern and western suburbs of Townsville, including Thuringowa Central, Condon, Rasmussen, Kelso and Kirwan.
The seat of Thuringowa has existed since 1986. The seat has been won by the ALP at all but two elections, with One Nation interrupting the Labor hold on the seat in 1998 and the LNP winning in 2012.
Thuringowa was won in 1986 by Labor MP Ken McElligott, who had been first elected in Townsville in 1983. He served as a minister in the Goss government from 1989 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1996.
At the 1998 election, McElligott was defeated by One Nation’s Ken Turner. Turner, like every other One Nation MP elected at the 1998 election, soon left the party, becoming an independent in 1999.
Labor candidate Anita Phillips defeated Turner in 2001. She served one term before stepping down in 2004 to run for the federal seat of Herbert, unsuccessfully.
Craig Wallace retained the seat for Labor in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2009. Wallace served as a minister from 2006 to 2012.
In 2012, Wallace was defeated by LNP candidate Sam Cox. Labor suffered a 22% swing on primary votes, and dropped to third place behind Katter’s Australian Party.
Labor came back in 2015, with Labor candidate Aaron Harper defeating Cox with a 12% swing. Harper won a second term in 2017.
- Aaron Harper (Labor)
- Natalie Marr (Liberal National)
- Troy Thompson (One Nation)
- Julianne Wood (Katter’s Australian)
Thuringowa would be an attractive target for the LNP or One Nation.
|Nick Martinez||Liberal National||6,191||21.2||-13.0|
|Mark Thornton||One Nation||5,878||20.2||+14.3|
|Terry Fox||Katter’s Australian Party||4,546||15.6||+15.6|
2017 two-candidate-preferred result
|Mark Thornton||One Nation||13,374||45.9||+45.9|
Booths in Thuringowa have been divided into three areas: central, north and south.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote against the LNP in all three areas, with 55% in the north and south and 58% in the centre.
One Nation came third on the primary vote, with a primary vote ranging from 17.8% in the north to 21.1% in the south.
|Voter group||ON prim||KAP prim||ALP 2PP||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Thuringowa at the 2017 QLD state election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and primary votes for One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party.