Division of Petrie

Australian House of Representatives Division

Division of Petrie in Queensland, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Luke Howarth
Party Liberal National
Namesake Andrew Petrie
Electors 105,492 (2016)
Area 152 km2 (58.7 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Petrie is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The division was created in 1949 and named after Andrew Petrie (1798–1872), a noted civil engineer, pioneer, and explorer, and the first free settler in Brisbane (1837).

The electorate has a higher-than-average percentage of pensioners and self-funded retirees, and is mainly residential, with some light industrial and commercial activities.

Originally a safe Liberal seat, it has become much more marginal since the late 1970s. Since 1975, it has been held by the party of government for all but one term.

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]


Petrie is located in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, and since a redistribution ahead of the 2010 Federal Election has been centred on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

In the Moreton Bay Region, it includes Clontarf, Kippa-Ring, Margate, Redcliffe, Rothwell, Deception Bay, Scarborough, Woody Point, North Lakes, Mango Hill, Griffin and part of Burpengary.

In the City of Brisbane, it includes Bald Hills, Bracken Ridge, Carseldine and Fitzgibbon, and parts of Aspley and Bridgeman Downs.


  Alan Hulme Liberal 1949–1961
  Reginald O'Brien Labor 1961–1963
  (Sir) Alan Hulme Liberal 1963–1972
  Marshall Cooke Liberal 1972–1974
  John Hodges Liberal 1974–1983
  Deane Wells Labor 1983–1984
  John Hodges Liberal 1984–1987
  Gary Johns Labor 1987–1996
  Teresa Gambaro Liberal 1996–2007
  Yvette D'Ath Labor 2007–2013
  Luke Howarth Liberal National 2013–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Petrie[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Luke Howarth 41,475 44.70 +4.05
Labor Jacqui Pedersen 35,616 38.38 −1.14
Greens Sue Weber 6,840 7.37 +2.85
Family First Mark White 4,746 5.11 +2.96
Liberal Democrats Catherine Buckley 2,877 3.10 +3.10
Arts Andrew Tyrrell 1,239 1.34 +1.34
Total formal votes 92,793 95.98 +1.18
Informal votes 3,886 4.02 −1.18
Turnout 96,679 91.65 −2.04
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Luke Howarth 47,926 51.65 +1.12
Labor Jacqui Pedersen 44,867 48.35 −1.12
Liberal National hold Swing +1.12


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

Coordinates: 27°14′46″S 153°02′20″E / 27.246°S 153.039°E / -27.246; 153.039

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