Chris Trevor, since 2007.
Central Queensland. Flynn covers Gladstone and comes close to covering the regional centres of Bundaberg and Rockhampton. It also covers the inland local government areas of Banana, Central Highlands and North Burnett, as well as parts of South Burnett.
Flynn previously stretched much further inland, as far as Winton. Areas to the west of the current seat including Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine and Tambo were transferred into Maranoa. Wandoan and Guluguba were also transferred into Maranoa. Flynn gained parts of Rockhampton council area south of the actual city of Rockhampton from Capricornia and gained the remainder of North Burnett from Hinkler. This increased the Labor margin from 0.16% to 2.2%.
Flynn was created for the 2007 election as a notionally National seat, taking parts of Maranoa, Capricornia and Hinkler. Capricornia has almost always been held by the ALP in recent decades, although the Nationals gained it for one term after both the 1975 and 1996 landslides. Maranoa has been held by the Nationals since the Second World War, while Hinkler’s shorter history has been dominated by the Nationals, except for two terms of the ALP holding the seat.
The 2007 redistribution saw Flynn created with a 7.7% margin for the Nationals, but a massive swing to the ALP saw the seat won by Chris Trevor by a slim margin.
- Di Hancock-Mills (Family First)
- Ken O’Dowd (Liberal National)
- John McMahon (Democratic Labor Party)
- Chris Trevor (Labor)
- Duncan Scott (Independent)
- Anne Goddard (Greens)
This seat has become stronger for the ALP and less rural in its make-up with the removal of truly inland areas and expansion of territory near Bundaberg and Rockhampton. It’s unlikely that there is much more room for this seat to swing to the ALP, but if there is a swing towards the Opposition this seat is likely to fall.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Flynn is covered by eight local government areas. I have combined Central Highlands with Woorabinda, an indigenous council area which covers a number of non-contiguous areas within the Central Highlands and on the edge of the council area. I have also combined booths in South Burnett and North Burnett council areas.
Gladstone clearly stands out as the largest part of the seat, with almost 40% of ordinary votes cast there. The ALP won a large margin in Gladstone. The Coalition won majorities in Central Highlands, Banana, Bundaberg, Burnett and amongst other votes (due to a massive majority amongst postal votes, as the ALP won a majority of absentee and prepoll votes). The ALP also won a large majority in Rockhampton council area. Note that ‘Rockhampton’ and ‘Bundaberg’ refer to the local government areas, not the towns, as neither town is contained within Flynn.
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