ALP 5.2% vs ON
Barry O’Rourke, since 2017.
Central Queensland. Rockhampton covers most of the suburbs of Rockhampton, including all of the city south of the Fitzroy River.
The seat of Rockhampton was first created in 1865, and existed until its abolition in 1960. The seat was restored in 1972. The seat has been held by the ALP since 1912, with the exception of two periods when the sitting Labor MP broke away from the party.
The restored seat was won in 1972 by the ALP’s Keith Wright. He was elected leader of the ALP in 1982. In 1984 he left the Legislative Assembly to take the federal seat of Capricornia. In 1993 he lost his preselection for Capricornia after being charged with child sex offences and rape, and lost his seat at that year’s election.
Paul Braddy won Rockhampton in 1985. He served as a minister in the Beattie and Bligh governments. In 1995 he moved to the seat of Kedron. He retired in 2001 when the seat of Kedron was abolished.
Robert Schwarten won the seat of Rockhampton in 1995. He had held the seat of Rockhampton North from 1989 until 1992, when his seat was abolished and he contested the new seat of Keppel. He lost to the National Party candidate.
Schwarten served as a minister in the Beattie and Bligh governments from 1998 to 2011, and stepped down from the ministry in February 2011.
In 2012, Schwarten retired and was succeeded by Labor’s Bill Byrne. Byrne was re-elected in 2015.
Byrne retired in 2017, and Labor preselection was won by Barry O’Rourke, defeating Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow. Strelow went on to run as an independent. She came second on primary votes, but O’Rourke retained the seat for Labor.
- Dominic Doblo (Independent)
- Tony Hopkins (Liberal National)
- Mick Jones (Greens)
- Barry O’Rourke (Labor)
- Yvette Saxon (Informed Medical Options)
- Christian Shepherd (Katter’s Australian)
- Torin O’Brien (One Nation)
- Paul Crangle (United Australia)
- Laura Barnard (Legalise Cannabis)
Rockhampton has usually been a reasonably safe Labor seat, in the absence of the split Labor vote as we saw in 2017. This area is relatively strong for One Nation, though, who may still prove a threat.
|Wade Rothery||One Nation||6,521||21.4||+21.4|
|Douglas Rodgers||Liberal National||5,442||17.9||-12.4|
2017 two-candidate-preferred result
|Wade Rothery||One Nation||13,661||44.8||+44.8|
Booths in Rockhampton have been divided into three areas: central, north and south. The north covers those areas on the northern side of the river.
The ALP won a majority of the two-candidate-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 52.4% in the south to 58.6% in the centre.
|Voter group||LNP prim||IND prim||ALP 2CP||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Rockhampton at the 2017 QLD state election
Toggle between two-candidate-preferred votes (Labor vs One Nation) and primary votes for independent candidate Margaret Strelow and the Liberal National Party.