Queensland State Election 2017 Final Outcome

Queensland State Election 2017 Final Outcome

Polling Day Saturday 25 November 2017

Final Makeup Of The Queensland Legislative Assembly 2017

Victor P Taffa

Following the 2017 State Election the final makeup of the 93 seat Legislative Assembly is as follows:

Queensland Legislative Assembly

Party                          Seats   Change

Labor                            48        +4

One Nation                   1          +1 (Mirani)

Katter’s Australian      3          +1 (Hill, Hinchinbrook, Traeger)

Greens                           1          +1 (Maiwar)

Liberal National         39        -3

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                1          0 (Noosa)

Total Seats            93

 

Queensland State Election 2017 Legislative Assembly Districts Declared Final Results

Following the declaration of all 93 Legislative Assembly Districts in the Queensland State Election as announced by the Queensland Electoral Commission, the list of districts in order of margin* is as follows:

Governing party sits on the right hand side of the Speaker in the Parliament.

Seats listed under Opposition are made up of LNP, One Nation, Katter’s Australian, Greens and Independent held seats.

Government                                                   Opposition

District                        Party   %                    District                        Party   %

 

30% Margin

Woodridge                  ALP    26.37%            Traeger                        KAP    28.49%

Inala                            ALP    26.09%           

Bundamba                   ALP    21.55%           

Gladstone                    ALP    20.70%           

 

20% Margin

                                                                             Surfers Paradise          LNP    19.78%

                                                                             Hill                              KAP    19.75%

                                                                            Broadwater                 LNP    17.98%

 

15% Margin

Algester                       ALP    14.43%            Gregory                       LNP    13.94%

Nudgee                       ALP    14.32%            Nanango                      LNP    13.36%

Sandgate                     ALP    13.48%            Scenic Rim                  LNP    13.12%

Stafford                      ALP    12.10%            Kawana                       LNP    13.07%

Lytton                         ALP    12.02%            Southern Downs         LNP    13.06%

Mulgrave                     ALP    10.92%            Noosa                          IND     11.53%

Ipswich                       ALP    10.89%            Buderim                      LNP    11.41%

Bulimba                       ALP    10.78%            Burnett                       LNP    10.65%

Waterford                   ALP    10.75%           

Cooper                         ALP    10.65%           

Greenslopes                ALP    10.13%           

Toohey                        ALP    10.01%           

 

10% Margin

Jordan                         ALP    9.91%              Toowoomba South      LNP    9.98%

Stretton                       ALP    9.89%              Condamine                  LNP    9.90%

Murrumba                   ALP    9.52%              Mudgeeraba                LNP    9.85%

Morayfield                  ALP    8.72%              Warrego                      LNP    9.46%

Ipswich West              ALP    8.72%              Hervey Bay                 LNP    9.10%

Capalaba                     ALP    8.37%              Gympie                       LNP    8.68%

Mackay                       ALP    8.34%              Maroochydore             LNP   8.52%

Miller                           ALP    8.18%              Ninderry                      LNP    8.38%

McConnel                   ALP    7.86%              Hinchinbrook             KAP    7.55%

Macalister                    ALP    7.45%              Oodgeroo                    LNP    7.24%

Kurwongbah               ALP    6.99%              Southport                    LNP    7.24%

Logan                          ALP    6.83%              Mermaid Beach           LNP    6.26%

Bancroft                      ALP    6.21%              Callide                            LNP    6.11%

Pine Rivers                  ALP    6.19%              Toowoomba North      LNP    5.72%

Cook                              ALP    5.84%              Nicklin                          LNP    5.28%

Mount Ommaney        ALP    5.76%              Moggill                        LNP    5.03%

Rockhampton              ALP    5.19%

 

5% Margin

Redcliffe                     ALP    4.86%              Everton                       LNP    4.94%

Ferny Grove                ALP    4.63%              Burleigh                      LNP    4.85%

Thuringowa                 ALP    4.15%              Mirani                          ONP    4.82%

Springwood                ALP    3.59%              Bundaberg                  LNP    4.20%

South Brisbane            ALP    3.55%              Lockyer                       LNP    4.07%

Cairns                          ALP    3.39%              Theodore                     LNP    3.72%

Keppel                         ALP    3.14%              Coomera                      LNP    3.47%

Redlands                     ALP    3.06%              Glass House                LNP    3.43%

Maryborough              ALP    2.46%              Caloundra                   LNP    3.41%

Barron River               ALP    1.86%              Currumbin                   LNP    3.31%

Mansfield                    ALP    1.62%              Chatsworth                 LNP    2.90%

Aspley                         ALP    1.17%              Clayfield                     LNP    2.41%

Mundingburra             ALP   1.13%              Bonney                        LNP    1.69%

                                                                        Maiwar                        GRN   1.63%

 

1% Margin

Gaven                          ALP    0.71%              Pumicestone                LNP    0.84%

Townsville                   ALP    0.38%              Burdekin                     LNP    0.80%

                                                                        Whitsunday                 LNP    0.68%

 

Results are final in every district

 

Party              Seats Won

ALP                   48

LNP                    39

KAP                    3 (Hill, Hinchinbrook, Traeger)

ONP                     1 (Mirani)

GRN                     1 (Maiwar)

IND                      1 (Noosa)

Total Seats     93

 

Abbreviations

ALP    Australian Labor Party

LNP    Liberal National Party

KAP    Katter’s Australian Party

ONP    One Nation Party

GRN   The Greens

IND     Independent

 

Two Candidate Preferred Margin

*Margin is the swing required for a district to change hands on a Two Candidate Preferred vote based on the 2017 State Election result. Each District Percent is the swing in excess of 50% for the seat to change hands based on the 2017 State Election result.

 

Queensland Legislative Council

In 1922 the Queensland Legislative Council was abolished by the Theodore Government. Since then Queensland has had a Unicameral Parliament.

When the Legislative Council was abolished the chamber was not universally elected.

Recently plans were submitted to all members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and the Queensland Electoral Commission to restore the Legislative Council.

Instead of a State of North Queensland there needs to be a restoration of the Legislative Council.

Legislative Council could be undivided as is the case in New South Wales or a Legislative Council divided into Regions as is the case in Victoria.

Legislative Assembly increased in size from 89 to 93 seats just ahead of the 25 November 2017 State Election.

Legislative Council with 40 seats would be a House of Review and ensure that Queensland remains as a whole State.

Given the size of Queensland and calls for a State of North Queensland it would be best that a Legislative Council was divided into regions as is the case in Victoria.

Lower House Chambers have to be numerically twice as large as Upper House Chambers and this modest plan fits that requirement.

5 Regions elects 8 Members for a Legislative Council Chamber of 40 seats.

5 Regions could be named as:

  • Central West
  • Darling Downs
  • North Queensland
  • South East Queensland
  • Sunshine Coast

These 5 regions reflect the 5 major areas of Queensland where elected members by popular vote take the concerns of voters in these regions to Parliament.

While a Legislative Assembly has members that also take the concerns of voters in their electorates to Parliament in a State the size of Queensland it will ensure that issues of concern to voters are dealt with in either a Legislative Assembly chamber or a Legislative Council chamber.

In 1922 the Legislative Council did not have universal voting and a newly restored Legislative Council would have universal voting.

Size of the 5 Legislative Council Regions could be determined by same body that oversees the redistribution of Legislative Assembly districts.

Victoria’s Legislative Council is 5 Regions x 8 Members for a 40 seat Chamber yet does not alter with every Legislative Assembly redistribution.

 

New South Wales Boundaries Commission

In New South Wales there is a Boundaries Commission comprising 

  • A Judge of the Supreme Court (past or current),
  • The Electoral Commissioner,
  • The Surveyor-General.

Boundaries of Legislative Council Regions may not change given that 8 members would be elected from each Region. However as in New South Wales and Victoria populations are larger in certain areas.

New South Wales Legislative Council is 1 undivided area.

 

Western Australia

Western Australia Legislative Council has 6 Regions that elects 6 members for a 36 seat Chamber. These regions are as follows:

  • Agricultural Region
  • East Metropolitan Region
  • Mining & Pastoral Region
  • North Metropolitan Region
  • South Metropolitan Region
  • South West Region

 

Queensland

5 Regions elects 8 Members for a Legislative Council Chamber of 40 seats.

5 Regions could be named as:

  • Central West
  • Darling Downs
  • North Queensland
  • South East Queensland
  • Sunshine Coast

Terms Of Office

Terms of Office of a Member of the Legislative Council are twice (Or 2 Terms) the length of a Member of the Legislative Assembly as the Legislative Council is a House of Review.

Governments are formed in the Lower House and convention or written rules require Premier to hold a seat in the Legislative Assembly.

Once an election has been called any Bills not passed by the Legislative Council would lapse and have to be resubmitted after the State Election.

Face Book

In addition to correspondence to every Member of the Legislative Assembly the case to restore the Legislative Council can be done through forums such as Face Book.

Having a plan such as this approved needs Public support and Face Book is a good avenue to secure public support.

Political Parties who initially were unsold on the restoration of the Legislative Council are finding good reasons to support it.

Increasingly voters are supporting smaller political parties at elections. Queensland Legislative Council will provide a voice for all political parties.

LNP, Labor, One Nation, Katter’s, Greens and other parties will all find that by having a member of Parliament from the Legislative Council keeps them in touch with the Public of Queensland where they do not have a Member in the Legislative Assembly.

Many parties gained a large percent of the vote in Legislative Assembly seats and failed to win the seat. However that level of support could be high enough to win a seat in the Legislative Council.

Restoring the Legislative Council will keep the State Parliament in touch with the Public of Queensland.

 

Keeping Queensland Together

The argument that there would be too many politicians can be negated easily by keeping Queensland as 1 State and not split into 2 states.

Keeping Queensland Together as 1 State is especially important at Rugby League State of Origin time.

Northern Territory within existing boundaries has a compelling case of economic reasons for Statehood.