Jason Costigan (NQF), since 2012.
North Queensland. The seat stretches along the Queensland coast from just north of Mackay to just south of Bowen. It covers parts of Mackay and Whitsunday local government areas, including Cannonvale, Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Calen and some outer northern and western suburbs of Mackay.
Whitsunday was created for the 1950 election and was a solid seat for the Country/National party for most of its history.
The seat was held by three MPs from the Country Party or National Party from 1950 until 1989.
In 1989, the ALP won government for the first time in decades under its leader Wayne Goss. In a shock result, Whitsunday was won by the ALP’s Lorraine Bird.
Bird held the seat throughout the Goss government. She was defeated in 1998 by One Nation’s Harry Black. Black left One Nation in 1999 and helped found the City Country Alliance that year.
In 2001, Black ran as the City Country Alliance candidate, but was defeated by the ALP’s Jan Jarrett. Jarrett was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2009, and was appointed as Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business in February 2011.
In 2012, Labor MP Jan Jarrett was defeated by LNP candidate Jason Costigan. Costigan was narrowly re-elected in 2015 and 2017.
Costigan was suspended from the LNP in early 2019. He went on to sit in parliament as an independent, and formed the North Queensland First party later that year.
- Greg Armstrong (United Australia)
- Amanda Camm (Liberal National)
- Jason Costigan (North Queensland First)
- Paul Hilder (Legalise Cannabis)
- Angie Kelly (Labor)
- Deb Lawson (One Nation)
- Ciaron Patterson (Katter’s Australian)
Whitsunday has been a very close seat in both 2015 and 2017. It is only likely to get more complex with Costigan now running for his own minor party. The seat is also a strong one for One Nation. All of this is a recipe for a fragmented primary vote and a complex preferential count. It could also mean that Labor is well placed with the conservative vote split between Costigan, One Nation and the LNP.
|Jason Costigan||Liberal National||8,774||32.2||-9.5|
|Noel Skippen||One Nation||5,471||20.1||+20.1|
|Jenny Whitney||Katter’s Australian Party||2,499||9.2||+9.2|
|Dan Van Blarcom||Independent||477||1.7||+1.7|
2017 two-party-preferred result
|Jason Costigan||Liberal National||13,829||50.7||+0.1|
Booths in Whitsunday have been divided into three areas. Polling places on the outskirts of Mackay have been grouped, with the remainder split into centre and north.
The LNP won a sizeable 56.6% majority of the two-party-preferred vote in the centre of the seat, while Labor won in the north (51%) and in the Mackay area (53.7%). The LNP narrowly won the pre-poll vote, which made up about 40% of the total vote, and won the other votes by a larger margin.
One Nation came third, with a primary vote ranging from 18.5% in the north to 22.2% in the centre.
|Voter group||ON prim||LNP 2PP||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Whitsunday at the 2017 QLD state election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and One Nation primary votes.