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Division of Groom

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries
MPGarth Hamilton
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeSir Littleton Groom
Electors110,932 (2022)
Area5,586 km2 (2,156.8 sq mi)

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

Groom is an agricultural electorate located on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland. It includes the regional city of Toowoomba and rural communities to the west and south.[1]

The current MP is Garth Hamilton, a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland.


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]


Sir Littleton Groom, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 as essentially a reconfigured version of the old Division of Darling Downs, which had existed since Federation. It is named in honour of Sir Littleton Groom, who represented Darling Downs with only one short break from 1901 to 1936 and served as Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

It is located in the rural areas west of Brisbane and is centred on the city of Toowoomba, Australia's second largest inland city. Other centres include Oakey and Pittsworth.

The seat has never elected a Labor member in either of its incarnations as Darling Downs or Groom. While Toowoomba itself (particularly, the northern suburbs) occasionally votes for Labor, it is nowhere near enough to overcome the conservative bent of the rural areas.

Groom's electors are socially conservative. In 2017, it was one of only three electorates in Queensland to vote against the Marriage Survey.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Tom McVeigh
Nationals 1 December 1984
29 February 1988
Previously held the Division of Darling Downs. Resigned to retire from politics. Son is John McVeigh
  Bill Taylor
Liberal 9 April 1988
31 August 1998
  Ian Macfarlane
3 October 1998
19 July 2010
Served as minister under Howard and Abbott. Retired
  Liberal National 19 July 2010 –
9 May 2016
  John McVeigh
2 July 2016
18 September 2020
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Toowoomba South. Served as minister under Turnbull. Resigned to retire from politics. Father is Tom McVeigh
  Garth Hamilton
28 November 2020

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Groom[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Garth Hamilton 41,971 43.72 −9.62
Labor Gen Allpass 17,985 18.73 +0.07
One Nation Grant Abraham 9,181 9.56 −3.53
Independent Suzie Holt 7,932 8.26 +8.26
Independent Kirstie Smolenski 6,858 7.14 +7.14
Greens Mickey Berry 5,616 5.85 −2.11
United Australia Melissa Bannister 4,922 5.13 +1.17
Australian Federation Ryan Otto 1,539 1.60 +1.60
Total formal votes 96,004 95.28 −1.52
Informal votes 4,758 4.72 +1.52
Turnout 100,762 90.88 −2.17
Notional two-party-preferred count
Liberal National Garth Hamilton 61,610 64.17 −6.31
Labor Gen Allpass 34,394 35.83 +6.31
Two-candidate-preferred result
Liberal National Garth Hamilton 54,612 56.89 −13.60
Independent Suzie Holt 41,392 43.11 +43.11
Liberal National hold  
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Primary vote results in Groom (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Liberal National
  Family First
  Australian Democrats
  One Nation
  Palmer United/United Australia Party
  Sustainable Australia
  Liberal Democrats
  Nick Xenophon Team
  Confederate Action
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Two-candidate-preferred vote results in Groom


  1. ^ "Groom - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  2. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. ^ Groom, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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