- Joy Burch (Labor), since 2008.
- Mick Gentleman (Labor), since 2012. Previously 2004-2008.
- Nicole Lawder (Liberal), since 2013.
- Mark Parton (Liberal), since 2016.
- Vacant (Greens), since 2020.1
1Johnathan Davis resigned in November 2023.
- 2020 result
- 2020 preference flows
- Booth breakdown
- Results maps
Brindabella covers the outer southern suburbs of Canberra. Brindabella largely covers the Tuggeranong district, including Gordon, Conder, Calwell, Fadden, Kambah, Macarthur and Wanniassa. Brindabella also covers the town of Tharwa, and the unpopulated southern territories that cover a majority of the ACT’s land mass.
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.
The Liberal Party lost their third seat in 2020, with the Greens winning a seat in Brindabella, along with two members each from Labor and Liberal.
The two major parties have consistently won two seats each at every election since 1995 and that will likely continue. The Greens seat in Brindabella is extremely marginal and could be vulnerable to either Labor or Liberal. Davis managed to avoid being knocked out by the third Labor candidate by just 0.09 quotas.
It’s possible the Greens could gain a further swing towards them and solidify their position, although they did very well for Brindabella in 2020 and will be competing in 2024 with a new MLA without much of an incumbency advantage. But if the Greens vote stays where it is, a relatively small swing in favour of either Liberal or Labor would put that party in a position to take the final seat from the Greens.
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||1,727||3.1||0.187||+3.1||3.1||0.185|
Let’s fast forward until there are twelve candidates left in the race. This includes all Labor and Liberal candidates, and two Greens candidates. No candidates had reached quota by this point.
- Joy Burch (ALP) – 0.748 quotas
- Mick Gentleman (ALP) – 0.741
- Mark Parton (LIB) – 0.727
- Nicole Lawder (LIB) – 0.688
- Andrew Wall (LIB) – 0.544
- Taimus Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.529
- Johnathan Davis (GRN) – 0.429
- Laura Nuttall (GRN) – 0.313
- Cathy Day (ALP) – 0.306
- Jane Hiatt (LIB) – 0.303
- Brendan Forde (ALP) – 0.301
- James Daniels (LIB) – 0.272
Daniels’ preferences split between the other four Liberals, in particular Parton, Lawder and Wall:
- Parton (LIB) – 0.790
- Burch (ALP) – 0.751
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.749
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.745
- Wall (LIB) – 0.609
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.537
- Davis (GRN) – 0.432
- Hiatt (LIB) – 0.351
- Nuttall (GRN) – 0.316
- Day (ALP) – 0.309
- Forde (ALP) – 0.303
Forde’s preferences split fairly evenly between the four remaining Labor candidates, with a stronger flow to Burch and Gentleman:
- Burch (ALP) – 0.814
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.808
- Parton (LIB) – 0.796
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.761
- Wall (LIB) – 0.616
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.593
- Davis (GRN) – 0.448
- Day (ALP) – 0.363
- Hiatt (LIB) – 0.354
- Nuttall (GRN) – 0.326
Nuttall’s preferences flowed strongly to Davis, pushing him into the top five:
- Burch (ALP) – 0.836
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.817
- Parton (LIB) – 0.799
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.771
- Davis (GRN) – 0.678
- Wall (LIB) – 0.619
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.604
- Day (ALP) – 0.377
- Hiatt (LIB) – 0.361
Hiatt’s preferences flowed to the remaining three Liberals, with Lawder doing particularly well:
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.893
- Parton (LIB) – 0.888
- Burch (ALP) – 0.852
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.824
- Wall (LIB) – 0.709
- Davis (GRN) – 0.684
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.608
- Day (ALP) – 0.383
Day’s preferences then split between the last three remaining Labor candidates, particularly favouring Burch:
- Burch (ALP) – 0.984
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.906
- Gentleman (ALP) – 0.899
- Parton (LIB) – 0.897
- Wall (LIB) – 0.716
- Davis (GRN) – 0.713
- Werner-Gibbings (ALP) – 0.704
Third Labor candidate Werner-Gibbings was then knocked out, narrowly behind the Greens’ Davis. His preferences mostly split evenly between Burch and Gentleman, electing both of them, but also gave Davis a boost:
- Burch (ALP) – 1.243
- Gentleman (ALP) – 1.157
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.930
- Parton (LIB) – 0.915
- Davis (GRN) – 0.786
- Wall (LIB) – 0.730
A majority of the Labor surplus exhausted, but enough preferences flowed to Davis to push him well ahead of third Liberal candidate Wall:
- Lawder (LIB) – 0.946
- Parton (LIB) – 0.930
- Davis (GRN) – 0.929
- Wall (LIB) – 0.739
Polling places in Brindabella have been split into four parts: central, north east, north west and south.
Labor topped the poll in three out of four areas, with a primary vote ranging from 39.2% in the north-west to 41.8% in the centre.
The Liberal Party topped the poll in the north-east with 41.7%, and otherwise ranged from 35% in the north-west to 39.2% in the south.
The Greens polled 9.2% in the north-east and south, along with 11.2% in the centre and 13% in the north-west.
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