2001 Profile of the division of Dawson

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

Queensland

Name Derivation:

Named after Andrew (Anderson) Dawson (1863–1910), Queensland's first Labor Premier, 1899.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 22 440 sq km from Clairview in the south to Giru in the north and also includes The Whitsunday Island Group such as Hamilton, Hayman, and South Molle.

The main towns include Airlie Beach, Ayr, Bowen, Home Hill, Proserpine and Sarina as well as the City of Mackay.

Products/Industries of the area:

Various small crops, prawn and fish farms, sugar (growing and refining), beef cattle, dairying, coal mining, abattoirs at Bakers Creek and tourism.

First Proclaimed/Election

1949

Members

  • De-Anne Kelly (NP) 1996–
  • R A Braithwaite (NP) 1975–96
  • R A Patterson (ALP) 1966–75
  • G W Shaw (CP) 1963–66
  • C W Davidson (CP) 1949–63

For Current Members information, browse the Parliament of Australia Members page.

AEC – Divisional Office Contact Numbers and Addresses

Demographic Rating

Rural

Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 84 011

Informal Vote: 2.78%

Turnout: 95.01%

Seat Status: Marginal National

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 45.58%
  • NP: 54.42%

Enrolment: 85 664

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.69%
  • Preamble Question 0.74%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 95.34%
  • Preamble Question 95.32%

Enrolment: 87 405

Informal Vote: 4.72%

Turnout: 95.22%

Seat Status: Farily Safe National

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 42.01%
  • NP: 57.99%
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