- Joy Burch (Labor), since 2008.
- Mick Gentleman (Labor), since 2012. Previously 2004-2008.
- Nicole Lawder (Liberal), since 2013.
- Mark Parton (Liberal), since 2016.
- Andrew Wall (Liberal), since 2012.
Brindabella covers the outer southern suburbs of Canberra. Brindabella largely covers the Tuggeranong district, including Gordon, Conder, Calwell, Fadden, Macarthur and Wanniassa, plus parts of Kambah. Brindabella also covers the town of Tharwa, and the unpopulated southern territories that cover a majority of the ACT’s land mass.
Brindabella expanded to the north, taking in western parts of Kambah from Murrumbidgee. These changes slightly improved Labor’s position and slightly weakened the Liberal position.
The electorate of Brindabella was created in 1995, when the ACT electoral system was changed to introduce multi-member districts for the first time. The seat covered almost exactly the same area from 1995 until 2012, having undergone two minor redistributions prior to the 2001 and 2008 elections.
Brindabella has always elected two Labor MLAs and two Liberal MLAs. The fifth seat has alternated between the two major parties and crossbenchers.
In 1995, the fifth seat was won by independent candidate Paul Osborne, a former rugby league player running as a social conservative. Osborne was re-elected in 1998.
Labor won a third seat in 2001, and maintained that seat in 2004, which helped Labor win a majority for the first time in ACT history.
Labor lost their third seat in 2008, with the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan winning the final seat.
The Liberal Party won a third seat at the Greens’ expense in 2012, in part thanks to party leader Zed Seselja switching to Brindabella from Molonglo. This was the first time the Liberal Party has won a majority of seats in an ACT electorate.
The Liberal Party retained their third seat in the shrunken Brindabella electorate at the 2016 election.
- A – Labor
- Joy Burch
- Cathy Day
- Brendan Forde
- Mick Gentleman
- Taimus Werner-Gibbings
- B – Animal Justice Party
- Jannah Fahiz
- Robyn Soxsmith
- C – Greens
- Johnathan Davis
- Sue Ellerman
- Laura Nuttall
- D – Liberal
- James Daniels
- Jane Hiatt
- Nicole Lawder
- Mark Parton
- Andrew Wall
- E – Liberal Democrats
- Jacob Gowor
- Matthew Knight
- F – Sustainable Australia
- Andrew Clapham
- Bruce Willett
- G – Shooters, Fishers And Farmers
- Greg Baynham
- Adrian Olley
- H – Federation Party
- Jason Potter
- Scott Sandford
Brindabella is one of the strongest electorates for the Liberal Party in the ACT, and is the only electorate in the territory where the Liberal Party won three seats. There is no room for the Liberals to grow here, but they won their third seat by a slim margin over the ALP in 2016 and Labor could gain a seat here if they do well.
|Animal Justice Party||1,106||2.4||0.142||+2.4||2.4||0.147|
Let’s fast forward until there are ten candidates left in the race, including four each from the major parties:
- Andrew Wall (LIB) – 0.838 quotas
- Mark Parton (LIB) – 0.738
- Nicole Lawder (LIB) – 0.652
- Mick Gentleman (ALP) – 0.620
- Joy Burch (ALP) – 0.606
- Steven Bailey (SXP) – 0.573
- Ed Cocks (LIB) – 0.499
- Taimus Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.489
- Angie Drake (ALP) – 0.485
- Michael Mazengarb (GRN) – 0.339
Mazengarb was eliminated next, with his preferences dividing reasonably evenly between the four Labor candidates and the Sex Party, with the Sex Party gaining 0.063 of a quota and each Labor candidate gaining between 0.041 and 0.051 quota.
- Wall (LIB) – 0.844
- Parton (LIB) – 0.743
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.661
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.660
- Burch (ALP) – 0.654
- Bailey (SXP) – 0.635
- Drake (ALP) – 0.536
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.533
- Cocks (LIB) – 0.504
Cocks, the fourth-placed Liberal, was now eliminated. His preferences split fairly evenly amongst the three remaining Liberals.
- Wall (LIB) – 1.001
- Parton (LIB) – 0.869
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.796
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.670
- Burch (ALP) – 0.665
- Bailey (SXP) – 0.653
- Drake (ALP) – 0.550
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.541
Wall was elected with a tiny surplus, and then Werner-Gibbings was excluded, with their preferences flowing to the three remaining candidates, with the strongest flow going to Drake and the weakest to Burch.
- Parton (LIB) – 0.884
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.820
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.810
- Burch (ALP) – 0.782
- Drake (ALP) – 0.723
- Bailey (SXP) – 0.684
Bailey’s preferences split fairly evenly, with slightly more going to each of the remaining Labor candidates.
- Parton (LIB) – 0.950
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.905
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.873
- Burch (ALP) – 0.869
- Drake (ALP) – 0.802
This produced the key deciding point in the count. Drake, the third Labor candidate, came sixth and was eliminated, with the other four remaining candidates elected. A direct swap of votes of about 0.036 quota from Lawder to Drake would have been enough to elect a third Labor member, although in reality the number of votes would likely have needed to be more.
Polling places in Brindabella have been split into three parts: north east, north west and south.
The Liberal Party topped the poll in all three areas in 2016, with a vote ranging from 38.6% in the north west to 43% in the north west.
Labor’s primary vote ranged from 32.7% in the north-east to 36.3% in the north-west.
|Voter group||LIB %||ALP %||GRN %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Brindabella at the 2016 ACT election
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