Incumbent Lord Mayor
Adrian Schrinner, since 2019.
The popularly elected mayoralty was restored in 1982, when Labor’s Roy Harvey was elected. Labor had been in power since 1961.
In 1985, Harvey lost to Liberal candidate Sallyanne Atkinson, the first Liberal to win the Brisbane lord mayoralty.
Atkinson held the mayoralty for two terms, losing to Labor’s Jim Soorley in 1991.
Soorley held office for four terms, being re-elected in 1994, 1997 and 2000.
In 2003, Soorley resigned and was replaced by Labor councillor Tim Quinn.
In 2004, Quinn was defeated by Liberal candidate Campbell Newman. Labor suffered a 15.6% drop in their primary vote. Newman was re-elected with a Liberal council majority in 2008.
In 2011, Newman resigned when he was elected state leader of the Liberal National Party. He went on to win the 2012 election and serve one term as Premier of Queensland before losing the election, and his own seat of Ashgrove, in 2015.
LNP deputy mayor Graham Quirk was appointed to finish Newman’s term, and he was re-elected in his own right in 2012 and 2016.
Quirk retired in 2019 and was succeeded by Adrian Schrinner. Schrinner had previously served as deputy mayor since 2011 and as the councillor for Chandler ward since 2005. Schrinner won a full term in 2020.
|Adrian Schrinner||Liberal National||292,895||47.7||-5.8|
|Karagh-Mae Kelly||Animal Justice||19,022||3.1||+3.1|
|Jeff Hodges||Motorists Party||5,502||0.9||+0.9|
2020 mayoral two-party-preferred result
|Adrian Schrinner||Liberal National||306,905||56.3||-3.0|
The LNP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in 21 out of 26 wards. They won the 2PP in the 19 wards won by the LNP council candidate, along with the Labor ward of Morningside and the independent ward of Tennyson. Labor won the four other Labor wards and the Greens ward of The Gabba.
Labor gained swings in 23 out of 26 wards, ranging from a 0.5% swing in Hamilton to a 10.4% swing in Marchant. The LNP gained swings ranging from 1.55% in The Gap to 6.3% in MacGregor.
Labor’s strongest areas tended to be south of the river, particularly in the south-west along with the outer east and outer north. The LNP did best on primary votes on the north side of the river along with Chandler in the south-east.
The Greens had their highest vote in the inner city, peaking in The Gabba followed by the surrounding wards.