Division of Dawson

Division of Dawson
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Dawson 2010.png
Division of Dawson (green) within Queensland
Created: 1949
MP: George Christensen
Party: Liberal National
Namesake: Anderson Dawson
Area: 14,945 km² (5,770 sq mi)
Demographic: Rural

The Division of Dawson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1949 and is named for Anderson Dawson, the first Labor Premier of Queensland and leader of the first parliamentary socialist government anywhere in the world. It is located on the North Queensland coast, taking in the towns of Ayr, Bowen, Mackay, Proserpine and some south-eastern suburbs of the city of Townsville. Apart from a period between 1966 to 1975 and 2007 to 2010, it has been held by the Country Party and its successors.


Member Party Term
  Charles Davidson Country 1949–1963
  George Shaw Country 1963–1966
  Rex Patterson Labor 1966–1975
  Ray Braithwaite National 1975–1996
  De-Anne Kelly National 1996–2007
  James Bidgood Labor 2007–2010
  George Christensen Liberal National 2010–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Dawson
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National George Christensen 37,940 45.74 +2.62
Labor Mike Brunker 33,216 40.04 -7.35
Greens Jonathon Dykyj 6,406 7.72 +3.29
Family First Damian Herrington 4,100 4.94 +2.09
CEC Bill Ingrey 1,287 1.55 +1.07
Total formal votes 82,949 94.24 -1.94
Informal votes 5,070 5.76 +1.94
Turnout 88,019 93.09 -2.32
Two-candidate preferred result
Liberal National George Christensen 43,494 52.43 +5.02
Labor Mike Brunker 39,455 47.57 -5.02
Liberal National gain from Labor Swing +5.02


Coordinates: 20°12′14″S 148°00′11″E / 20.204°S 148.003°E / -20.204; 148.003

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