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Division of Petrie

Australian House of Representatives Division
Interactive map of boundaries
MPLuke Howarth
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeAndrew Petrie
Electors124,966 (2022)
Area152 km2 (58.7 sq mi)
DemographicOuter metropolitan

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


Andrew Petrie, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1949 and named after Andrew Petrie (1798–1872), a noted civil engineer, pioneer, and explorer, and the first free settler in Brisbane (1837).

The electorate has a higher-than-average percentage of pensioners and self-funded retirees, and is mainly residential, with some light industrial and commercial activities.

Originally a safe Liberal seat, it has become much more marginal since the late 1970s. From 1975 to 2022, it was held by the party of government for all but one term.

Ahead of the 2016 federal election, ABC psephologist Antony Green listed the seat in his election guide as one of eleven which he classed as bellwether electorates.[1]

In the 2022 federal election, Luke Howarth retained the seat with 54.4% of the vote, resulting in the seat becoming marginal after the election.[2]


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]

Petrie is located in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, and since a redistribution ahead of the 2010 Federal Election has been centred on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

In the City of Moreton Bay, it includes Clontarf, Kippa-Ring, Margate, Redcliffe, Rothwell, Deception Bay, Scarborough, Woody Point, North Lakes, Mango Hill, Griffin and part of Burpengary.

In the City of Brisbane, it includes Bald Hills, Bracken Ridge, Carseldine and Fitzgibbon, and parts of Aspley and Bridgeman Downs.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Alan Hulme
Liberal 10 December 1949
9 December 1961
Served as minister under Menzies. Lost seat
  Reginald O'Brien
Labor 9 December 1961
30 November 1963
Lost seat
  Sir Alan Hulme
Liberal 30 November 1963
2 November 1972
Served as minister under Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton and McMahon. Retired
  Marshall Cooke
2 December 1972
11 April 1974
Lost preselection and retired
  John Hodges
18 May 1974
5 March 1983
Served as minister under Fraser. Lost seat
  Dean Wells
Labor 5 March 1983
1 December 1984
Lost seat. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Murrumba in 1986
  John Hodges
Liberal 1 December 1984
11 July 1987
Lost seat
  Gary Johns
Labor 11 July 1987
2 March 1996
Served as minister under Keating. Lost seat
  Teresa Gambaro
Liberal 2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Brisbane in 2010
  Yvette D'Ath
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat. Later elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of Redcliffe in 2014
  Luke Howarth
Liberal National 7 September 2013

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Petrie[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Luke Howarth 46,325 43.49 −4.62
Labor Mick Denton 31,972 30.02 −0.84
Greens Will Simon 12,169 11.42 +2.68
United Australia Kelly Guenoun 5,914 5.55 +2.24
One Nation Marcus Mitchell 5,613 5.27 −2.25
Animal Justice Chris Cicchitti 2,331 2.19 +2.19
Liberal Democrats Anneke Wilson 2,189 2.06 +2.06
Total formal votes 106,513 96.46 +0.08
Informal votes 3,913 3.54 −0.08
Turnout 110,426 88.46 −2.84
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Luke Howarth 57,981 54.44 −3.96
Labor Mick Denton 48,532 45.56 +3.96
Liberal National hold Swing −3.96


  1. ^ The Bellwether Contests: Antony Green ABC
  2. ^ "Petrie - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  3. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  4. ^ Petrie, QLD, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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