Electoral district of Bundaberg

QueenslandLegislative Assembly

Bundaberg (2008—)
State Queensland
MP Leanne Donaldson
Party Labor
Namesake Bundaberg
Electors 29,945 (2015)
Area 65 km2 (25.1 sq mi)
Coordinates 24°52′S 153°20′E / 24.867°S 153.333°E / -24.867; 153.333Coordinates: 24°52′S 153°20′E / 24.867°S 153.333°E / -24.867; 153.333

Bundaberg is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in central Queensland, Australia. It covers the city of Bundaberg, as well as the immediate surrounding area.


The electoral district of Bundaberg was created by the Electoral Districts Act of 1887 which abolished the electoral district of Mulgrave that had included the Bundaberg area.[1] The first election held in the seat of Bundaberg was the 1888 election.

The city's urban population has long made the seat a Labor stronghold. This changed in 2005 when the practices of rogue surgeon Jayant Patel at the Bundaberg Base Hospital were uncovered. The Beattie government was seriously embarrassed by the subsequent Commissions of Inquiry into the matter, and as a result the seat was considered winnable for the Nationals.

Members for Bundaberg

  Walter Adams Conservative 1888–1890
  Ministerial 1890–1892
  George Hall Labour 1892–1893
  Michael Duffy Ministerial 1893–1896
  Thomas Glassey Labour 1896–1901
  George Barber Labor 1901–1935
  Bernard McLean Labor 1935–1941
  Frank Barnes Independent Labor 1941-1947 [2]
  Frank Barnes Labor 1947–1950 [2]
  Ted Walsh Labor 1950–1957
  Queensland Labor 1957–1963
  Independent 1963–1969
  Lou Jensen Labor 1969–1976
  Independent 1976–1977
  Jim Blake Labor 1977–1983
  Clem Campbell Labor 1983–1998
  Nita Cunningham Labor 1998–2006
  Jack Dempsey National 2006–2008
  Liberal National 2008–2015
  Leanne Donaldson Labor 2015–present

Election results

Queensland state election, 2015: Bundaberg[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Jack Dempsey 11,128 41.45 −11.71
Labor Leanne Donaldson 10,654 39.68 +15.96
Palmer United Robert Brown 3,208 11.95 +11.95
Greens Meg Anderson 1,112 4.14 +1.20
Independent Richard Freudenberg 746 2.78 +2.78
Total formal votes 26,848 97.81 +0.21
Informal votes 602 2.19 −0.21
Turnout 27,450 91.67 +0.29
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Leanne Donaldson 12,783 51.62 +19.79
Liberal National Jack Dempsey 11,980 48.38 −19.79
Labor gain from Liberal National Swing +19.79


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