Tom Smith, since 2020.
The seat of Bundaberg has existed continuously since 1888. Labor held the seat continuously from 1896 until 2006. The Liberal National Party held the seat for the next nine years, but the seat has changed hands at the last three elections.
Clem Campbell won the seat for the ALP in 1983. He held the seat until his retirement in 1998, when he was succeeded by Nita Cunningham.
Cunningham was re-elected in 2001 and 2004. In 2006 she resigned due to health issues. A by-election was not held, as Cunningham’s resignation prompted Peter Beattie to call an early election.
Bundaberg was won in 2006 by the National Party’s Jack Dempsey. Dempsey won re-election in 2009 and 2012.
Dempsey was defeated in 2015 by Labor’s Leanne Donaldson. Donaldson herself only held on to the seat for one term, losing in 2017 to the LNP’s David Batt. Batt only held the seat for one term, losing in 2020 to Labor’s Tom Smith by just nine votes.
|David Batt||Liberal National||12,577||41.5||+6.0|
|Stewart Jones||One Nation||1,766||5.8||-16.6|
|Ian Zunker||Legalise Cannabis||1,669||5.5||+5.5|
|Shane Smeltz||United Australia||244||0.8||+0.8|
2020 two-party-preferred result
|David Batt||Liberal National||15,132||50.0||-4.2|
Booths in Bundaberg have been divided into three areas: central, north and west.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in the centre, which is the most populous part of the seat, while the LNP won in the north and west. Labor also won the pre-poll vote, which made up over half of the vote.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|