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Division of Dickson

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries
MPPeter Dutton
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeSir James Dickson
Electors112,857 (2022)
Area724 km2 (279.5 sq mi)
DemographicOuter metropolitan

The Division of Dickson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland.

Dickson includes the suburbs of Kurwongbah, Petrie, Strathpine, Albany Creek, Ferny Hills, Everton Hills, Murrumba Downs and parts of Kallangur. The electorate also includes Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah and covers 724 square kilometres.[1]


Sir James Dickson, the division's namesake

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 the first Australian ministry.

1993 election

There was an unusual circumstance at the 1993 election. The seat had been carved out of most of the Brisbane portion of the Sunshine Coast-based seat of Fisher, making it a natural choice for that seat's Labor MP, Michael Lavarch, to transfer ahead of the 1993 election.

However, 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 Labor's reelection, 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 Lavarch subject to him winning Dickson on 17 April. He won the seat, and was appointed to the ministry on 27 April.


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.[2]

The division 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 seat. It has historically been a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Michael Lavarch
Labor 17 April 1993
2 March 1996
Previously held the Division of Fisher. Served as minister under Keating. Lost seat
  Tony Smith
Liberal 2 March 1996
26 May 1998
Lost seat
  Independent 26 May 1998 –
3 October 1998
  Cheryl Kernot
Labor 3 October 1998
10 November 2001
Previously a member of the Senate. Lost seat
  Peter Dutton
Liberal 10 November 2001
19 July 2010
Served as minister under Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison. Incumbent. Currently the Opposition Leader
  Liberal National 19 July 2010 –

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Dickson[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Peter Dutton 41,657 42.07 −3.86
Labor Ali France 31,396 31.70 +0.37
Greens Vinnie Batten 12,871 13.00 +3.02
One Nation Tamera Gibson 5,312 5.36 +0.18
United Australia Alina Ward 2,717 2.74 +0.50
Independent Alan Buchbach 2,222 2.24 +2.24
Independent Thor Prohaska 1,618 1.63 −0.74
Liberal Democrats Lloyd Russell 1,236 1.25 +1.25
Total formal votes 99,029 96.12 +0.48
Informal votes 3,996 3.88 −0.48
Turnout 103,025 91.35 −2.32
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Peter Dutton 51,196 51.70 −2.94
Labor Ali France 47,833 48.30 +2.94
Liberal National hold Swing −2.94
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Primary vote results in Dickson (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Liberal National/Liberal
  One Nation
  Australian Democrats
  Palmer United / United Australia Party
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Two-candidate-preferred results in Dickson


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Dickson (Qld)". Australian Electoral Commission. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  2. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. ^ Dickson, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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