Electoral district of Bulimba
|Area||31 km2 (12.0 sq mi)|
|Coordinates||27°28′S 153°5′E / 27.467°S 153.083°ECoordinates: 27°28′S 153°5′E / 27.467°S 153.083°E|
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.
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. 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. Gardner won the by-election by a narrow margin.
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.
Members for Bulimba
|John Francis Buckland||Liberal||1882–1892|
|Irene Longman||Country and Progressive National||1929–1932|
|Aaron Dillaway||Liberal National Party||2012–2015|
|Liberal National||Aaron Dillaway||12,755||41.87||−4.83|
|Total formal votes||30,467||98.54||+0.27|
|Liberal National||Aaron Dillaway||13,077||43.86||−6.28|
|Labor gain from Liberal National||Swing||+6.28|
- "KEEN VOTES WATCH.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 4 January 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "BULIMBA FRAUD.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 31 January 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Election count continues.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 16 April 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "BULIMBA MAJORITY STANDS TO END.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 21 April 1951. p. 5. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- 2015 State General Election – Bulimba – District Summary, ECQ.
- Electorate Profile (Antony Green, ABC)