Division of Forde

For the Canberra suburb, see Forde, Australian Capital Territory.
Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Forde in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1984
MP Bert Van Manen
Party Liberal National
Namesake Frank Forde
Electors 99,091 (2016)
Area 419 km2 (161.8 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Forde is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1984 and is named after Frank Forde, who was briefly Prime Minister of Australia in 1945. When it was created it was a marginal seat in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, but it now has no territory in common with the original seat and is located in exurban and semi-rural areas south of the city, including Beenleigh and Loganlea.

It was a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party after the 2004 election. Kay Elson announced that she would not re-contest her seat in the 2007 election. Wendy Creighton, a Boonah resident and editor of the local newspaper, the Fassifern Guardian, contested Forde as the Liberal candidate instead. She was defeated at the Federal election by Brett Raguse, the opposing Labor Party candidate, making Forde the safest Liberal Party seat to be claimed by the Labor Party at the 2007 election.

Ahead of the 2016 federal election, ABC psephologist Antony Green listed the seat in his election guide as one of eleven which he classed as "bellwether" electorates.[1]


  David Watson Liberal 1984–1987
  Mary Crawford Labor 1987–1996
  Kay Elson Liberal 1996–2007
  Brett Raguse Labor 2007–2010
  Bert van Manen Liberal National 2010–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Forde[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Bert van Manen 34,096 40.63 −1.91
Labor Des Hardman 31,587 37.64 +3.64
Greens Sally Spain 5,393 6.43 +2.26
Independent David Wilks 5,242 6.25 +6.25
Family First Annelise Hellberg 4,687 5.59 +3.35
Liberty Alliance Shaun Spain 2,905 3.46 +3.46
Total formal votes 83,910 94.93 +2.20
Informal votes 4,486 5.07 −2.20
Turnout 88,396 89.21 −3.39
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Bert van Manen 42,486 50.63 −3.75
Labor Des Hardman 41,424 49.37 +3.75
Liberal National hold Swing −3.75


  1. The Bellwether Contests: Antony Green ABC
  2. Forde, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 27°45′43″S 153°10′52″E / 27.762°S 153.181°E / -27.762; 153.181

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