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Division of McPherson

Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries
MPKaren Andrews
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeMcPherson Range
Electors109,140 (2022)
Area229 km2 (88.4 sq mi)

The Division of McPherson is an Australian Electoral Division in 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.[1]


McPherson Range, a region in Queensland from which the division takes its name

The division was created in 1948 and is named after the McPherson Range, which forms one of the divisional boundaries. McPherson is located in south-east Queensland, and originally included the entire Gold Coast region, stretching as far as the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs. However, the area's dramatic population growth has seen the seat shrink with successive redistributions, culminating in 1983, when most of its northern portion became Moncrieff.

McPherson now incorporates the southern portion of the Gold Coast, including Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Tugun and Palm Beach.

It has always been held by a conservative party. Indeed, most of the area has been represented by centre-right MPs without interruption since 1906; before 1949, most of the Gold Coast was part of Moreton. Originally a Country Party bastion, urbanisation has turned it into a Liberal stronghold.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Sir Arthur Fadden
Country 10 December 1949
14 October 1958
Previously held the Division of Darling Downs. Served as minister under Menzies. Retired
  Charles Barnes
22 November 1958
2 November 1972
Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton and McMahon. Retired
  Eric Robinson
Liberal 2 December 1972
7 January 1981
Served as minister under Fraser. Died in office
  Peter White
21 February 1981
19 February 1990
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Southport. Retired
  John Bradford
24 March 1990
7 April 1998
Did not contest in 1998. Failed to win a Senate seat
  Christian Democratic 7 April 1998 –
31 August 1998
  Margaret May
Liberal 3 October 1998
19 July 2010
  Karen Andrews
Liberal National 21 August 2010
Served as minister under Morrison. Incumbent

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: McPherson[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Karen Andrews 42,288 43.56 −4.68
Labor Carl Ungerer 21,354 22.00 −0.85
Greens Scott Turner 14,971 15.42 +4.43
One Nation Kevin Hargraves 7,013 7.22 +1.36
United Australia Joshua Berrigan 6,490 6.69 +3.36
Australian Values Andy Cullen 2,310 2.38 +2.38
Liberal Democrats Glenn Pyne 2,063 2.12 −1.36
Australian Federation Gary Pead 594 0.61 +0.61
Total formal votes 97,083 94.58 +0.91
Informal votes 5,565 5.42 −0.91
Turnout 102,648 87.56 −2.84
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Karen Andrews 57,605 59.34 −2.86
Labor Carl Ungerer 39,478 40.66 +2.86
Liberal National hold Swing −2.86


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

28°08′53″S 153°23′56″E / 28.148°S 153.399°E / -28.148; 153.399

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