Division of Petrie

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

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Petrie in Queensland, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPLuke Howarth
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeAndrew Petrie
Electors115,472 (2019)
Area152 km2 (58.7 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


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. Since 1975, it has been 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]


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 Moreton Bay Region, 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
Liberal 2 December 1972
11 April 1974
Lost preselection and retired
  John Hodges
Liberal 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 Nationals 7 September 2013

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Petrie[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Luke Howarth 48,879 48.11 +3.41
Labor Corinne Mulholland 31,348 30.86 −7.52
Greens Jason Kennedy 8,877 8.74 +1.37
One Nation Nikhil Aai Reddy 7,638 7.52 +7.52
United Australia Troy Hopkins 3,361 3.31 +3.31
Conservative National Neville Fowler 1,494 1.47 +1.47
Total formal votes 101,597 96.38 +0.40
Informal votes 3,813 3.62 −0.40
Turnout 105,410 91.30 −0.32
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Luke Howarth 59,331 58.40 +6.75
Labor Corinne Mulholland 42,266 41.60 −6.75
Liberal National hold Swing +6.75


  1. The Bellwether Contests: Antony Green ABC
  2. Petrie, QLD, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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