Algester – QLD 2017

ALP 9.6%

Incumbent MP
Leeanne Enoch, since 2015.

Geography
South-East Queensland. Algester covers southern parts of the City of Brisbane and parts of Logan City. Algester covers the suburbs of Algester, Parkinson, Forestdale, Hillcrest, Browns Plains, Calamvale, Acacia Ridge and Archerfield.

Redistribution
Algester shifted north, losing Forest Lake, Hillbrook, Berkeley Grove, Centennial Park, Creekwood and the Peninsula to Inala, losing Boronia Heights to Logan, and the seat’s south-western fringe to Jordan. Algester gained Browns Plains from Logan, Calamvale from Stretton, and gained Acacia Ridge and Archerfield from Sunnybank. These changes increased the Labor margin from 7% to 9.6%.

History
The seat of Algester has existed since 2001, when it replaced the former seat of Archerfield, which had existed since 1972. Both of these seats has always been held by the Labor Party.

Karen Struthers won Archerfield in 1998, following on after the retirement of Len Ardill. Struthers moved to the new seat of Algester in 2001, and was re-elected there in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Struthers served as a minister in the Bligh government from 2009 to 2012.

In 2012, Struthers was defeated by LNP candidate Anthony Shorten. Shorten held the seat for one term, losing in 2015 to Labor’s Leeanne Enoch.

Candidates

Assessment
Algester is likely to stay in Labor hands.

2015 election result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Leeanne Enoch Labor 14,08949.6+15.749.5
Anthony Shorten Liberal National 11,24739.6-11.238.4
Susan Wolf Greens 2,0567.2+0.37.2
Kevin ForshawIndependent1,0373.6+3.74.3
Others4.4
Family First0.2
Informal6792.3

2015 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Leeanne Enoch Labor 15,59457.0+16.159.6
Anthony Shorten Liberal National 11,77043.0-16.140.4
Exhausted1,0653.7

Booth breakdown

Booths in Algester have been divided into three areas: central, north and south.

The Labor two-party-preferred vote ranged from 54.7% in the south to 74.4% in the north.

Voter groupALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Central56.69,27138.7
North74.42,78211.6
South54.72,0368.5
Other votes54.79,85241.2

Two-party-preferred votes in Algester at the 2015 QLD state election

4 COMMENTS

  1. PHON, LNP and ALP candidates all think that electors have a right to a e-mail address and phone number. Patsy O’Brien Greens candidate wamnts your vote but according to ECQ website declined to give either a phone number or e-mail address. Not a good start for an potential MP.

  2. The are contact information on the Greens website and there are social media accounts for most of their candidates. Apparently they just didn’t supply details to the ECQ.

  3. Time to start the seat by seat predictions – based on polling, hunch and word of mouth from those campaigning. Here goes:

    Labor retain.

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