Alex Somlyay, since 1990.
Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Fairfax covers the central part of Sunshine Coast Regional Council. It covers the towns of Buderim, Maroochydore and Nambour, as well as following the coast from Maroochydore to Coolum Beach.
Fairfax was first created in 1984 when the House of Representatives was expanded, and has always been held by conservative parties. The seat was first won by Evan Adermann of the National Party, who had previously held Fisher since the 1972 election and served as a minister in the Fraser government.
Adermann retired at the 1990 election, and the seat was fought as a three-cornered contest in 1990. The ALP came first on primaries, with the Nationals leading the Liberals by 0.7% on primary votes. A high Democrats vote pushed the Liberals ahead of Nationals candidate John Stone, who had resigned from the Senate to contest the seat, and Alex Somlyay (LIB) won the seat on National preferences.
Somlyay has held the seat ever since by varying margins, most recently having a margin of over 62% following the redistribution before the 2007 election. A 9.4% swing to the ALP made Fairfax a marginal seat following the 2007 election. A 4% swing back to the LNP strengthened Somlyay’s position in 2010.
- Mike Holt (One Nation)
- Trudy Byrnes (Independent)
- Clive Palmer (Palmer United Party)
- Ted O’Brien (Liberal National)
- Angela Meyer (Family First)
- Elaine Hughes (Labor)
- David Knobel (Greens)
- Ray Sawyer (Katter’s Australian Party)
On paper, Fairfax is a held by only 7% for the LNP. The LNP should have no trouble defeating Labor, and despite Clive Palmer’s obnoxious claims, there is no evidence that Palmer is a serious threat to the LNP’s hold on the seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. Those booths near the coast have been split into “North-East” and “South-East”. The south-east is the most populous part of the seat, including Maroochydore and Buderim. The north-east includes seats close to the coast.
Booths away from the coast have been split into those near the town of Nambour, and the other booths grouped as “Inland”.
The LNP won a majority in all four areas, varying from 50.7% in the north-east to 58.7% in the south-east. The Greens vote varied from 16.1% in the south-east to 22.1% in the north-east.
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