Electoral district of Bulimba

QueenslandLegislative Assembly

Bulimba (2008—)
State Queensland
Dates current 1873–present
MP Di Farmer
Party Labor
Namesake Bulimba
Electors 34,284 (2015)
Area 31 km2 (12.0 sq mi)
Coordinates 27°28′S 153°5′E / 27.467°S 153.083°E / -27.467; 153.083Coordinates: 27°28′S 153°5′E / 27.467°S 153.083°E / -27.467; 153.083

Bulimba is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland.

The electorate covers the inner eastern suburbs of Brisbane. It is bounded on the north and the west by the Brisbane River and, as at the 2009 election, covers the suburbs of Bulimba, Balmoral, Cannon Hill, Hawthorne, Morningside, Norman Park, Murrarie and Seven Hills. The boundaries have changed relatively little since 1923; prior to that, the boundaries extended as far east as Wynnum and as far south-east as Mount Gravatt and Cleveland.


Bulimba has existed continuously since the 1873 election, originally covering most of the outer south-east of Brisbane.

Since the 1923 redistribution, Bulimba has strongly supported Labor. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) held the seat on all but six terms and, of those, 3 were held by an independent Labor candidate and one by a member of the Queensland Labor Party.

In the 1929 election Bulimba returned Queensland's first woman Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly (MLA), Irene Longman of the Country and Progressive National Party, for one term.

Although ALP candidate Robert Gardner was elected in Bulimba in the 1950 election, the close result caused close scrutiny of the votes and revealed that fraudulent votes had been cast in Gardner's favour. The election was ruled void, but Gardner himself was cleared of any involvement in the fraud.[1][2] The scandal and the investigations into the fraud continued for many months. Finally, a by-election was held on 14 April 1951 (almost 12 months after the original election) with the ballot boxes under police guard.[3] Gardner won the by-election by a narrow margin.[4]

Prior to the 1957 election, the sitting ALP member Robert Gardner and 21 other Labor MLAs left the ALP to form the Queensland Labor Party (QLP). Gardner won the seat in the 1957 election as a member of the QLP but was defeated at the following election.

Jack Houston, a member of the ALP, represented the seat from 1957 to 1980 and was the state's Opposition Leader from 1966 until 1974.

In the 2012 election, Liberal National candidate Aaron Dillaway was elected. In the 2015 election, Bulimba was the most marginal seat held by the LNP and was regained by Di Farmer of the Labor Party.

Members for Bulimba

  William Hemmant   1873–1876
  James Johnston   1876
  George Grimes   1876–1878
  Frederick Swanwick   1878–1882
  John Francis Buckland Liberal 1882–1892
  James Dickson Independent 1892–1896
  Ministerial 1896–1901
  Walter Barnes Ministerial 1901–1903
  Conservative 1903–1909
  Ministerial/Queensland Liberal 1909–1915
  Hugh McMinn Labor 1915–1918
  Walter Barnes Nationalist 1918–1922
United 1922–1923
  Harry Wright Labor 1923–1929
  Irene Longman Country and Progressive National 1929–1932
  William Copley Labor 1932–1938
  George Marriott Labor 1938–1941
  Independent Labor 1941–1950
  Bob Gardner Labor 1950–1957
  Queensland Labor 1957
  Jack Houston Labor 1957–1980
  Ron McLean Labor 1980–1992
  Pat Purcell Labor 1992–2009
  Di Farmer Labor 2009–2012
  Aaron Dillaway Liberal National Party 2012–2015
  Di Farmer Labor 2015–present

Election results

Queensland state election, 2015: Bulimba[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Di Farmer 14,539 47.72 +4.81
Liberal National Aaron Dillaway 12,755 41.87 −4.83
Greens David Hale 3,173 10.41 +0.02
Total formal votes 30,467 98.54 +0.27
Informal votes 450 1.46 −0.27
Turnout 30,917 90.18 −0.93
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Di Farmer 16,741 56.14 +6.28
Liberal National Aaron Dillaway 13,077 43.86 −6.28
Labor gain from Liberal National Swing +6.28


  1. "KEEN VOTES WATCH.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 4 January 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  2. "BULIMBA FRAUD.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 31 January 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  3. "Election count continues.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 16 April 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. "BULIMBA MAJORITY STANDS TO END.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 21 April 1951. p. 5. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  5. 2015 State General Election – Bulimba – District Summary, ECQ.

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