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Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries
MPGraham Perrett
NamesakeMoreton Bay
Electors107,128 (2022)
Area109 km2 (42.1 sq mi)
DemographicInner metropolitan

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


Moreton Bay, the division's namesake

The division was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named after Moreton Bay, and originally stretched from southern Brisbane all the way to the Gold Coast.[1] While successive redistributions have left the seat completely landlocked, it has nonetheless retained the name of Moreton, mainly because the Australian Electoral Commission's guidelines on electoral redistributions require it to preserve the names of original electorates where possible.[2]

The seat was in the hands of the Liberal Party and its predecessors for 86 years before Labor regained it in 1990. From then until 2013, it was a bellwether seat, electing the candidate from the winning party in every election.

The seat is known for having decided the 1961 federal election. The Liberals only won the seat by 130 votes to give the Coalition a bare one-seat majority; had 93 Communist preferences gone the other way, it would have resulted in a hung parliament.[citation needed]

On its current boundaries, the seat is very multicultural, with significant Asian, South Eastern European, Arab and African population in the southern part of the electorate particularly in the suburbs of Sunnybank, Acacia Ridge, Kuraby and Moorooka.[citation needed]


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.[3]

Moreton is located in south east Queensland, and is based in the southern suburbs of the City of Brisbane. The division includes Acacia Ridge, Archerfield, Chelmer, Fairfield, Graceville, Karawatha, Kuraby, MacGregor, Moorooka, Nathan, Oxley, Robertson, Rocklea, Runcorn, Salisbury, Stretton, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Tennyson, Yeronga, and Yeerongpilly, and parts of Algester, Berrinba, Calamvale, Coopers Plains, Corinda, Drewvale, Eight Mile Plains, Parkinson, Sherwood and Tarragindi.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  James Wilkinson
Independent Labour 30 March 1901
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Ipswich. Lost seat
  Labour 1904 –
12 December 1906
  Hugh Sinclair
Anti-Socialist 12 December 1906
26 May 1909
  Liberal 26 May 1909 –
17 February 1917
  Nationalist 17 February 1917 –
3 November 1919
  Arnold Wienholt
13 December 1919
6 November 1922
Previously held the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Fassifern. Retired. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Fassifern in 1930
  Josiah Francis
16 December 1922
7 May 1931
Served as minister under Lyons and Menzies. Retired
  United Australia 7 May 1931 –
21 February 1945
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
4 November 1955
  Sir James Killen
10 December 1955
15 August 1983
Served as minister under Gorton, McMahon and Fraser. Resigned to retire from politics
  Don Cameron
5 November 1983
24 March 1990
Previously held the Division of Fadden. Lost seat
  Garrie Gibson
Labor 24 March 1990
2 March 1996
Lost seat
  Gary Hardgrave
Liberal 2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Served as minister under Howard. Lost seat
  Graham Perrett
Labor 24 November 2007

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Moreton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Graham Perrett 34,633 37.42 +2.27
Liberal National Steven Huang 30,777 33.25 −7.58
Greens Claire Garton 19,250 20.80 +4.04
One Nation Neil Swann 3,364 3.63 +0.32
United Australia Chelsea Follett 3,064 3.31 +1.09
Australian Federation Peter Power 1,468 1.59 +1.59
Total formal votes 92,556 97.24 +0.24
Informal votes 2,625 2.76 −0.24
Turnout 95,181 88.86 −2.06
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Graham Perrett 54,690 59.09 +7.19
Liberal National Steven Huang 37,866 40.91 −7.19
Labor hold Swing +7.19
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Primary vote results in Moreton (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Australian Democrats
  One Nation
  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 Moreton


  1. ^ "Crikey - On politics, media, business, the environment and life".
  2. ^ "Guidelines for naming divisions". Australian Electoral Commission. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  3. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  4. ^ Moreton, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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