Ted O’Brien, since 2016.
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 Liberal candidate Alex Somlyay won the seat on National preferences.
Somlyay held the seat 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.
In 2013, Alex Somlyay retired, and the seat was won by Clive Palmer, running for his newly founded Palmer United Party. The race was extremely close, only being decided after weeks of counting. Palmer won by only 57 votes.
Palmer did not run for re-election in 2016, and the seat was won easily by LNP candidate Ted O’Brien, who was re-elected in 2019.
|Ted O’Brien||Liberal National||48,451||49.6||+1.1|
|Paul Henselin||One Nation||7,661||7.8||-1.8|
|Kylie Cowling||United Australia Party||2,987||3.1||+3.1|
|Jake Ryan||Conservative National Party||1,502||1.5||+1.5|
|Richard Belcher||Sustainable Australia||1,410||1.4||+1.4|
|Bertrand Cadart||Liberal Democrats||1,044||1.1||+1.1|
2019 two-party-preferred result
|Ted O’Brien||Liberal National||61,944||63.4||+2.6|
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 “West”.
The LNP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 57.5% in the west to 62.6% in the south-east.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 13.4% in Nambour and the south-west to 17.6% in the west.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||LNP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|