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Division of Dawson

Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries
MPAndrew Willcox
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeAnderson Dawson
Electors110,356 (2022)
Area14,630 km2 (5,648.7 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial and rural
Electorates around Dawson:
Herbert Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean
Kennedy Dawson Pacific Ocean
Capricornia Capricornia Pacific Ocean

The Division of Dawson is an Australian electoral division in Queensland. It covers areas around the city of Mackay.


Since 1984, federal electoral division boundaries in Australia have been determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[1]

The Division of Dawson includes the city of Mackay, as well as other neighbouring towns. It also includes the Whitsunday Islands.


Anderson Dawson, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1949 and is named after Anderson Dawson, the first Labor Premier of Queensland and leader of the first parliamentary socialist government anywhere in the world. It is located on the North Queensland coast, taking in the towns of Ayr, Bowen, Mackay, Proserpine and some south-eastern suburbs of the city of Townsville.

Apart from a period from 1966 to 1975 and 2007 to 2010, it has been held by the National Party. While Mackay, the largest city wholly within the electorate, is a longstanding Labor stronghold, it is usually not enough to overcome the region's overall conservative leaning.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Charles Davidson
Country 10 December 1949
1 November 1963
Previously held the Division of Capricornia. Served as minister under Menzies. Retired
  George Shaw
30 November 1963
9 January 1966
Died in office
  Rex Patterson
Labor 26 February 1966
13 December 1975
Served as minister under Whitlam. Lost seat
  Ray Braithwaite
National Country 13 December 1975
16 October 1982
  Nationals 16 October 1982 –
29 January 1996
  De-Anne Kelly
2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Served as minister under Howard. Lost seat
  James Bidgood
Labor 24 November 2007
19 July 2010
  George Christensen
Liberal National 21 August 2010
27 March 2022
Did not contest in 2022. Failed to win a Senate seat
  One Nation 27 March 2022 –
21 May 2022
  Andrew Willcox
Liberal National 21 May 2022

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Dawson[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Andrew Willcox 40,109 43.33 +0.38
Labor Shane Hamilton 22,650 24.47 +4.19
One Nation Julie Hall 12,289 13.27 +0.18
Greens Paula Creen 6,675 7.21 +2.70
Katter's Australian Ciaron Paterson 5,189 5.61 −0.71
United Australia Christian Young 3,713 4.01 −0.89
Great Australian Jim Jackson 1,948 2.10 +2.10
Total formal votes 92,573 95.86 +2.87
Informal votes 4,001 4.14 −2.87
Turnout 96,574 87.49 −3.30
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Andrew Willcox 55,930 60.42 −4.19
Labor Shane Hamilton 36,643 39.58 +4.19
Liberal National hold Swing −4.19
The sitting member, George Christensen, was elected as a Liberal National, but resigned from the party in 2022, subsequently joining One Nation and contested a Senate seat.


  1. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ Dawson, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

20°12′14″S 148°00′11″E / 20.204°S 148.003°E / -20.204; 148.003

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