Grace Grace, since 2017. Previously Member for Brisbane Central 2007-2012 and 2015-2017.
Central Brisbane. The seat covers the Brisbane CBD and the suburbs of Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Newstead, Spring Hill, Herston, Bowen Hills, Windsor and parts of Kelvin Grove, Wilston and Newmarket.
The seat of McConnel was created in 2017, but is simply a new name for Brisbane Central, which had existed since 1977. This seat has been won by Labor at all but one election.
The seat was first won in 1977 by Brian Davis. He had previously held the seat of Brisbane from 1969 to 1974, when he lost to the Liberal Party. He held Brisbane Central from 1977 to 1989.
In 1989 Davis was succeeded by Peter Beattie, the former State Secretary of the Queensland ALP. Beattie was appointed as Minister for Health in the Goss government in 1995. In 1996, the Goss government lost power and the National-Liberal coalition took power without an election. Following this change Beattie was elected as leader of the ALP.
Peter Beattie led the ALP into the 1998 election and became Premier at the head of a Labor minority government, which quickly gained a majority following a by-election. He won landslide victories in 2001, 2004 and 2006 before retiring in 2007.
At the following by-election, the seat was won by Labor candidate Grace Grace, former general secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions. Without a Liberal candidate, Grace’s main opposition came from Greens candidate Anne Boccabella, but retained the seat comfortably with a 7.9% margin.
Grace was re-elected in 2009, but Beattie’s 2006 margin of 14.4% collapsed to only 6%.
In 2012, Grace was defeated by LNP candidate Robert Cavallucci, but she won back the seat in 2015, and won another term in 2017.
- Kirsten Lovejoy (Greens)
- Miranda Bertram (Independent)
- John Fair Dobinson (Independent)
- Pinky Singh (Liberal National)
- Malcolm Wood (United Australia)
- Grace Grace (Labor)
- Paul Swan (Legalise Cannabis)
- Anne Perry (One Nation)
- Alan Hamilton (Informed Medical Options)
Labor’s margin against the LNP looks reasonably safe, but the bigger threat could come from the Greens. Labor only outpolled the Greens by 6.6% on primary votes, and only 5.85% at the point in the count where the Greens were excluded. If the Greens were to overtake Labor they would likely win on Labor preferences.
|Jamie Forster||Liberal National||10,017||36.5||-5.5|
2017 two-party-preferred result
|Jamie Forster||Liberal National||11,559||42.1||-4.8|
Booths in McConnel have been divided into three areas: centre, north and New Farm.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, with 56.4% in New Farm and around 65% in the centre and north.
The Greens came third, with a vote ranging from 28.5% in New Farm to 33.1% in the centre.
|Voter group||GRN prim||ALP 2PP||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in McConnel at the 2017 QLD state election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and Greens primary votes.