Federal Election 2016: Federal Seat of Dickson Profile (In Order of the Ballot paper)
Brisbane Outer Northern Suburbs
Safe LNP 6.7%
Peter Dutton (LIB) since 2001.
Based on the former Pine Rivers Shire on the north-western edge of greater Brisbane, Dickson includes the suburbs of Kurwongbah, Petrie, Strathpine, Albany Creek, Ferny Hills, Everton Hills, Murrumba Downs and parts of Kallangur. The electorate includes Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah. Covers 772 square kilometres.
Dickson is one of the newer Queensland seats, first contested at the 1993 election. It is named after Sir James Dickson, a leading advocate of Federation, Premier of Queensland 1898-99, and Minister for Defence in Barton's first Federal Ministry.
At Dickson's first contest in 1993, the election had to be deferred for a month following the death of a candidate. Before the election could be held, Labor candidate Michael Lavarch was plucked from backbench obscurity by Paul Keating to serve as Attorney General, though he was not sworn in until after his re-election. Lavarch had previously represented much of the electorate as MP for Fisher 1987-93.
Lavarch was one of the Keating government's ministerial casualties in 1996, defeated by the Liberal Party's Tony Smith. Smith was disendorsed over a domestic matter before the 1998 election. Instead the Liberal Party endorsed high profile former radio broadcaster Rod Henshaw, hoping to counteract the profile of new Labor candidate, former Australian Democrat Leader Cheryl Kernot.
Dickson was one of the highest profile local contests of the 1998 election, and also produced the closest finish. Kernot famously 'spat the dummy' on ABC-TV's election night coverage when it looked like she had lost, only for her to scrape home by 176 votes after two weeks of counting. Kernot's chequered career in the Labor Party continued, dogged at every step by her own personal demons as well as a few from within the Queensland branch of the Labor Party, which had never taken her to its bosom. Kernot was left largely to her own devices in 2001 as the Queensland Labor Party chose to spend money defending safer seats in the post-Tampa political climate. Having to apologise for a remark made about her Liberal opponent did not help, and Kernot was defeated in 2001 after a 6.1% swing, the largest swing in Queensland at that election.
New Liberal MP Peter Dutton boosted his margin into double figures thanks to redistributions and the 2004 election. None of this mattered come the 2007 election when Dutton suffered an 8.8% swing before eventually limping to victory by just 217 votes.
Another major redistribution ahead of the 2010 election wiped out Dutton's margin and he initially tried to win nomination for a vacant Gold Coast seat. Rebuffed by local branch members, Dutton re-contested Dickson and was easily re-elected on the back of the statewide swing against Labor. He added a further 1.6% to his margin in 2013.
Doug Nicholson (Liberal Democrats)
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A former Police Officer and Federal Agent, with experience in four overseas conflict zones, Doug holds an MBA and believes Australians should be treated as adults, allowed to be responsible for their own lives, and not be treated like sheep, (whether it be to the slaughter or to be sheared).
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Thor Prohaska (Independent)
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Prohaska was born in Collinsville, North Queensland, and moved to Melbourne in 1979 were he pursued a career in IT and pioneered the sport of snowboarding in Victoria. In 2003 he moved back to Queensland with his family and has lived in the Pine Rivers area since then. In the 2013 federal election he was the Palmer United Party for the local seat of Petire where he came third with 10.2% of the vote, and contested Pine Rivers at the 2015 state election.
Linda Lavarch (Labor)
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Lavarch is a former state MP for Kurwongbah and was previously married to former Federal Attorney-General Michael Lavarch. First elected to the Queensland Parliament at a 1997 by-election, Lavarch was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary by Peter Beattie after the 2004 election and was elevated to Cabinet in the July 2005 as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, a position she held until October 2006. She had been re-appointed after the 2006 election, but her last public appearances as Attorney General was at a press conference where she was forced to answer hostile questioning over her decision to decline a deal that would have brought surgeon Dr Jayant Patel back to Australia to face charges without the need for an extradition hearing. Lavarch resigned shortly after citing depression, Patel was brought back to Australia via other legal pathways, and Lavarch announced in 2008 that she would not contest the next state election. Since then, she has been working for the Queensland Nurses Union and not-for-profit organisations.
Michael Berkman (Greens)
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Qualified in Law and Environmental Science, Berkman works as a public interest environmental lawyer at a Brisbane-based community legal centre. He previously worked in a commercial legal practice and the Queensland Public Service. In recent years he has run significant court cases dealing with the impact of the Queensland's resource sector, particularly in relation to major thermal coal projects and the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. Berkman previously contested Ferny Grove in the 2015 Queensland election where his preferences elevated the Labor candidate to victory and put the Palaszczuk government into office.
Peter Dutton (Liberal National Party)
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45 year-old Dutton contested his first election as a 19 year-old, running against state Labor Deputy Leader Tom Burns in his safe seat of Lytton at the 1989 election that brought the Goss government to office. Dutton is a former Queensland Police Officer who during his nine years in the force served with the Drug Squad, Sex Offenders Squad and the National Crime Authority. Dutton resigned from the force to work with his family's childcare business. Dutton was first elected in 2001, defeating Cheryl Kernot. After re-election in 2004, Dutton was appointed a junior Minister, first as Minister for Workforce Participation, switching to serve as Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer in the January 2006 reshuffle. Having narrowly survived the 2007 election, Dutton served in a range of senior portfolios during two terms of opposition. A redistribution before the 2010 elections saw Dutton attempt to move to a safer seat before re-contesting and winning Dickson in 2010. When the Coalition came to office Dutton was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Sport before later replacing Scott Morrison as Minister for Immigration.
The Federal Division of Dickson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland, Australia. The division was formed in 1992 and is named after Sir James Dickson, a leading advocate in Australian Federation, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Defence in first Australian Ministry.
It is located in the outer north-western suburbs of Brisbane, including Albany Creek, Kallangur and Strathpine. The 2006 redistribution added the Shire of Esk to and removed part of Kallangur from the district. It has historically been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party.
|Area||722 km2 (278.8 sq mi)|
There was an unusual circumstance at the 1993 election. One of the candidates, an independent, died very shortly before the election, making it necessary to hold a standalone 'supplementary election' on 17 April (the rest of the country had already voted on 13 March). Following the return of the Labor Party to government, the Prime Minister Paul Keating announced the makeup of the Second Keating Ministry to be sworn in on 24 March, but kept the portfolio of Attorney-General open for Michael Lavarch subject to him winning Dickson on 17 April. He won the seat, and was appointed to the ministry on 27 April.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Dickson|
|Liberal National||Peter Dutton||41,163||48.01||−0.95|
|Palmer United||Mark Taverner||8,390||9.79||+9.79|
|Katter's Australian||Jim Cornwell||1,697||1.98||+1.98|
|Family First||Michael McDowell||1,542||1.80||−1.07|
|Rise Up Australia||Geoffrey Taylor||585||0.68||+0.68|
|Total formal votes||85,732||95.74||+0.15|
|Liberal National||Peter Dutton||48,631||56.72||+1.59|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||+1.59|
Australian Electoral Commission Information
- Current, boundary gazetted 15 December 2009
- AEC Divisional Office:
- Divisional Office contact details
- Maps & GIS data:
- A4 map of the Division of Dickson (2009) [PDF 600KB]
Map of the Division of Dickson (2009) [PDF 2.8MB]
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- Name derivation:
- Named after Sir James Dickson 1832–1901, a leading advocate of Federation, Queensland Premier 1898–99 and Minister for Defence in the first Federal Ministry.
- Area and Location Description:
- Dickson covers an area of approximately 772 sq km north and west of Brisbane. It includes the Moreton Bay Region Council. Suburbs and towns include Albany Creek, Arana Hills, Bray Park, Brendale, Cashmere, Dayboro, Eatons Hill, Everton Hills, Ferny Hills, Joyner, Kallangur, Lawnton, Mount Glorious, Mount Nebo, Petrie, Samford Valley, Strathpine and Warner.
- Products/industries of the area:
- Farming, retail and industrial activities.
- First proclaimed/election:
- Demographic rating:
- Outer Metropolitan
- Dutton, P (LNQ) 2001–
Kernot, C (ALP) 1998–2001
Smith, T (LP) 1996–1998
Lavarch, M H (ALP) 1993–1996
- Current member details:
- Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
- Further information:
- 2013 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dickson
2010 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dickson
2007 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dickson
2004 federal election – House of Representatives results for Dickson
2013 divisional profile
For supporting information, see Party codes, demographic ratings and seat status.