2001 Profile of the division of Leichhardt

Updated: 9 February 2011

State:

Queensland

Name Derivation:

Named after Friedrich Leichhardt (1813–1848), explorer and scientist, who disappeared while attempting to cross the continent in 1848.

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 150 236 sq km from the Torres Strait Islands in the north to Edmonton in the south.

The main towns include Cairns, Coen, Cooktown, Edmonton, Kuranda, Mossman, Port Douglas, Thursday Island and Weipa.

Products/Industries of the area:

Sugar, cattle, fishing, bauxite mining, ship-building and tourism.

First Proclaimed/Election

1949

Members

  • Warren Entsch (LP) 1996–
  • P G Dodd (ALP) 1993–96
  • J Gayler (ALP) 1983–93
  • D S Thomson (NCP/NP) 1975–83
  • W J Fulton (ALP) 1958–75
  • H A Bruce (ALP) 1951–58
  • T V Gilmore (CP) 1949–51

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: 80 711

Informal Vote: 3.96%

Turnout: 91.97%

Seat Status: Marginal Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 45.95%
  • LP: 54.05%

Enrolment: 80 727

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.80%
  • Preamble Question 0.84%

Turnout:

  • Republic Question 92.28%
  • Preamble Question 92.23%

Enrolment: 85 689

Informal Vote: 5.92%

Turnout: 92.13%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 43.61%
  • LP: 56.39%
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