David Smith, since 2019. Previously senator for the Australian Capital Territory, 2018-2019.
Bean covers the southern suburbs of Canberra and the southern parts of the ACT. Canberra covers all of the Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley districts, as well as the Woden Valley suburbs Farrer, Isaacs, Pearce, Mawson and Phillip. Bean also covers Norfolk Island.
The Australian Capital Territory first elected an MP from 1949 onwards, although this MP was only given full voting rights in 1968. Canberra was created in 1974 when the ACT gained a second seat, and the existing electorate was divided into Fraser and Canberra, with Canberra covering the southern half of the city. The ACT gained a third electorate, Namadgi, at the 1996 election, which briefly pushed Canberra into the city centre, before it was abolished in 1998. Canberra has usually been a safe Labor seat, with a few exceptions.
The Liberal Party won the seat at the 1975 and 1977 elections, before it returned to the ALP under Ros Kelly in 1980. Kelly held the seat until 1995, when she resigned from Parliament. The by-election was won by Liberal candidate Brendan Smyth with a 16.2% swing.
The 1996 election saw a redistribution of the territory, with Canberra shifting from a southern electorate to a central electorate. Canberra was won by ACT Senator, and Minister for Trade, Bob McMullan. Smyth ran in the newly-created seat of Namadji, and was defeated by the ALP”s Annette Ellis.
The 1998 election saw the ACT’s seat entitlement return to two, and Canberra returned to the southern parts of the ACT. McMullan moved to Fraser, and sitting Member for Namadgi Annette Ellis was elected in Canberra. Ellis was re-elected in 2001, 2004 and 2007.
In 2010, Ellis retired and the seat was won by Gai Brodtmann. Brodtmann was re-elected in 2013 and 2016.
The redistribution prior to the 2019 election split the ACT into three seats. The name of “Canberra” was applied to a new inner-city electorate taking parts from both existing seats. The new name of “Bean” was applied to a southern seat which had more in common with the former seat of Canberra.
Brodtmann retired at the 2019 election, and Labor’s David Smith won the seat of Bean. Smith had previously served as a Senator for the ACT briefly in 2018-2019 after Katy Gallagher had been forced to resign due to her holding a dual citizenship.
- Sean Conway (United Australia)
- Benjamin Ambard (One Nation)
- David Smith (Labor)
- Jamie Christie (Independent)
- Kathryn Savery (Greens)
- Jane Hiatt (Liberal)
|Matt Donnelly||Liberal Democrats||2,540||2.7||+2.7|
|Tony Hanley||United Australia Party||2,227||2.4||+2.4|
|Ben Rushton||Great Australian Party||929||1.0||+1.0|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Bean have been divided into three areas: central, north and south.
The Labor two-party-preferred vote ranged from 56.4% in the south to 63.7% in the north.
The Greens vote ranged from 11.9% in the south to 15.9% in the north.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|