Division of Fisher

This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of Fisher.
Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Fisher in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Andrew Wallace
Party Liberal National
Namesake Andrew Fisher
Electors 98,637 (2016)
Area 1,170 km2 (451.7 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Fisher is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Andrew Fisher, three times Prime Minister of Australia. It is located in the Sunshine Coast area north of Brisbane and includes the towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Beerwah, Maleny, Woodford and Kilcoy.

As originally created, it extended as far inland as Kingaroy, but gradually moved eastward from the 1960s onward to become an entirely Sunshine Coast-based seat. It was a safe seat for the Country Party and its successor the National Party until the 1980s. However, some of its more conservative territory was shifted to the new seat of Fairfax in 1984, replaced by some more marginal territory in the outer northern suburbs of Brisbane. On these boundaries, Labor took the seat in 1987.

The Brisbane portion was removed before 1993, erasing Labor's majority and making Fisher notionally Liberal. The Liberals took the seat in 1993, and have held it for all but two years since then without much difficulty. To date, it is the last time Labor has held a Sunshine Coast seat.

Its most prominent members have been Sir Charles Adermann, who was Deputy Leader of the Country Party 1964–66, and Peter Slipper, who served as Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives from 2011 to 2012.


  (Sir) Charles Adermann Country 1949–1972
  Evan Adermann Country/National Country/National 1972–1984
  Peter Slipper National 1984–1987
  Michael Lavarch Labor 1987–1993
  Peter Slipper Liberal 1993–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2011
  Independent 2011–2013
  Mal Brough Liberal National 2013–2016
  Andrew Wallace Liberal National 2016–present

Following the resignation of Harry Jenkins as Speaker in the 43rd Parliament, Peter Slipper was nominated unopposed and installed as Speaker on 24 November 2011.[1][2] Slipper resigned from the Liberal National Party on taking the Speaker's seat and continued in parliament as an independent member and resigned as speaker and went to the cross bench on 9 October 2012.[2] On 11 May 2013, he joined businessman Clive Palmer's recently formed Palmer United Party, becoming its first member in federal parliament. However, a matter of hours later his membership of the party was revoked and Slipper returned to being an independent.[3]

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Fisher[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Andrew Wallace 40,424 48.26 +3.79
Labor Bill Gissane 20,670 24.68 +3.75
Greens Tony Gibson 10,324 12.33 +4.73
Liberty Alliance John Spellman 2,952 3.52 +3.52
Family First Caroline Ashlin 2,927 3.49 +1.44
Independent Mike Jessop 2,906 3.47 +3.47
Rise Up Australia Tracey Bell-Henselin 2,210 2.64 +2.25
Defence Veterans Jason Burgess 914 1.09 +1.09
Online Direct Democracy LB Joum 438 0.52 +0.52
Total formal votes 83,765 93.15 −1.04
Informal votes 6,157 6.85 +1.04
Turnout 89,922 91.16 −2.36
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Andrew Wallace 49,473 59.06 −0.69
Labor Bill Gissane 34,292 40.94 +0.69
Liberal National hold Swing −0.69


  1. "Peter Slipper has been formally elected Speaker of the House of Representatives". The Australian. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Renegade Liberal to boost Labor's numbers". ABC News. Australia. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  3. Atfield, Cameron (2013). Peter Slipper joins Palmer's partyThe Age. Published 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  4. Fisher, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 26°47′20″S 152°53′56″E / 26.789°S 152.899°E / -26.789; 152.899

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