Electoral district of Gladstone

This article is about the Queensland state electorate. For the former South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of Gladstone (South Australia).
QueenslandLegislative Assembly

Gladstone (2008—)
State Queensland
Created 1992
MP Glenn Butcher
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Gladstone
Electors 35,381 (2015)
Area 6,718 km2 (2,593.8 sq mi)
Coordinates 23°57′S 151°21′E / 23.950°S 151.350°E / -23.950; 151.350Coordinates: 23°57′S 151°21′E / 23.950°S 151.350°E / -23.950; 151.350

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

The current member is Labor MP Glenn Butcher. Butcher won the seat following the retirement of long-serving independent Liz Cunningham, who won the seat on National Party preferences after defeating then Labor MP Neil Bennett at the 1995 election. Cunningham was a well-known local figure, having previously been Mayor of the Shire of Calliope prior to entering State politics.

Even though Cunningham had held the seat without much difficulty, Gladstone had always been a safe Labor seat in calculations of "traditional" two-party matchups (i.e., Labor vs. National/LNP). The city of Gladstone has been a Labor stronghold for the better part of a century. Proving this, Labor would have held the seat on a margin of 11 percent during its meltdown of 2012. Thus, it was not considered an upset when Butcher, who had been Cunningham's Labor opponent in 2012, easily reclaimed the seat for Labor at the 2015 election.

The seat of Gladstone consists of the city of Gladstone and the towns of the former Shire of Calliope. This includes the town of Calliope, and the localities of Ambrose, Benaraby, Boyne Island, Builyan Mount Larcom, Tannum Sands and Ubobo.

The seat was created as a reconfigured version of Port Curtis for the 1992 election.

Members for Gladstone

  Neil Bennett Labor 1992–1995
  Liz Cunningham Independent 1995–2015
  Glenn Butcher Labor 2015–present

Election results

Queensland state election, 2015: Gladstone[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Glenn Butcher 16,512 52.42 +23.23
Independent Craig Butler 8,981 28.51 +28.51
Liberal National Michael Duggan 4,784 15.19 +4.33
Greens Craig Tomsett 1,221 3.88 +1.77
Total formal votes 31,498 98.18 −0.18
Informal votes 583 1.82 +0.18
Turnout 32,081 90.67 −0.24
Two-candidate-preferred result
Labor Glenn Butcher 17,152 61.89 +25.92
Independent Craig Butler 10,561 38.11 +38.11
Labor gain from Independent Swing +25.92


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