Scott Stewart, since 2015.
Central Townsville. The seat covers the Townsville CBD and the suburbs of Castle Hill, Garbutt, Mount Louisa and Bohle, as well as Magnetic Island and Palm Island.
The seat of Townsville has existed continuously since 1970, and previously existed from 1878 to 1960.
The seat has been dominated by the Labor Party for most of the twentieth century, although Labor domination has occasionally been punctuated by Coalition victories.
The ALP had held the seat for all but three years from 1915 to 1960, but after the seat was restored in 1972 it was won by the Liberal Party’s Norman Scott-Young. He held it until 1983.
The 1983 election was triggered by the breakdown in the coalition between Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s National Party and the Liberal Party, and a majority of Liberal MPs lost their seats, including Scott-Young.
Ken McElligott won Townsville for the ALP, but three years later lost to the National Party’s Tony Burreket.
Burreket lost to the ALP’s Ken Davies in 1989. In 1992, Davies moved to the neighbouring seat of Mundingburra. He retained Mundingburra by a bare 16-vote margin. The result was overturned in the courts in 1996. The ALP decided to replace Davies as the ALP candidate, and he ran as an independent. The Liberal Party won the race, and resulted in the ALP losing its parliamentary majority and the National-Liberal coalition forming a new government.
Geoff Smith was elected to Townsville for the ALP in 1992, and held it for two terms until 1998. He was succeeded in 1998 by Mike Reynolds. Reynolds served as a minister from 2004 to 2006 and as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2006 to 2009, when he retired.
Mandy Johnstone was elected to Townsville in 2009 for the ALP. In 2012, Johnstone was defeated by LNP candidate John Hathaway.
Hathaway was defeated in 2015 by Labor’s Scott Stewart, and Stewart was re-elected in 2017.
- Toni McMahon (Informed Medical Options)
- Joshua Schwarz (Katter’s Australian)
- Scott Stewart (Labor)
- Samara Grumberg (Animal Justice)
- John Hathaway (Liberal National)
- Greg Dowling (United Australia)
- Clynton Hawks (North Queensland First)
- Clive Clarkson (One Nation)
- Tom O’Grady (Greens)
Townsville is Labor’s most marginal seat in Queensland, and is bound to be in play if the election is close.
|Casie Scott||Liberal National||8,709||30.9||-5.1|
|Allan Evans||One Nation||5,611||19.9||+16.1|
2017 two-party-preferred result
|Casie Scott||Liberal National Party||13,975||49.6||+5.3|
Booths in Townsville have been divided into four areas. Polling places on offshore islands have been grouped together, with the remainder split into centre, south and west.
Labor won a solid majority in the south (56.6%) and the islands (62.8%), and narrowly won in the centre (51.6%). The LNP narrowly won in the west (50.2%) and won pre-poll more comfortably (55.6%).
One Nation came third, with their vote over 20% in the west, and lower in the centre and the islands.
The Greens came fourth, with a primary vote highest at 17.5% on the islands, and over 13% in the centre and south.
|Voter group||ON prim||GRN prim||ALP 2PP||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Townsville at the 2017 QLD state election
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