Division of Groom

Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Groom in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1984
MP John McVeigh
Party Liberal National
Namesake Littleton Groom
Electors 101,600 (2016)
Area 5,594 km2 (2,159.9 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Groom is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1984 as essentially a reconfigured version of the old Division of Darling Downs. It is named in honour of Sir Littleton Groom, who represented Darling Downs with only one short break from 1901 to 1936 and served as Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

It is located in the rural areas west of Brisbane and is centred on the city of Toowoomba, Australia's second largest inland city. Other centres include Oakey and Pittsworth.

The seat has never elected a Labor member in either of its incarnations. While Toowoomba itself (particularly, the northern suburbs) occasionally votes for Labor, it is nowhere near enough to overcome the conservative bent of the rural areas.


  Tom McVeigh National 1984–1988
  Bill Taylor Liberal 1988–1998
  Ian Macfarlane Liberal 1998–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2016
  John McVeigh Liberal National 2016–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Groom[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National John McVeigh 49,270 54.00 −1.64
Labor Bronwyn Herbertson 20,259 22.20 +0.10
Family First John Sands 9,140 10.02 +7.36
Xenophon Josie Townsend 6,960 7.63 +7.63
Greens Antonia van Geuns 5,618 6.16 +1.82
Total formal votes 91,247 96.43 +0.42
Informal votes 3,380 3.57 −0.42
Turnout 94,627 93.14 −1.43
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National John McVeigh 59,589 65.31 −1.16
Labor Bronwyn Herbertson 31,658 34.69 +1.16
Liberal National hold Swing −1.16


  1. Groom, QLD, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 27°29′02″S 151°39′11″E / 27.484°S 151.653°E / -27.484; 151.653

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