2001 Queensland state election

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2001 Queensland state election
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  1998 17 February 2001 (2001-02-17) 2004  

All 89 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
45 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Turnout92.59 (Decrease2.svg 0.26 pp)
 First partySecond party
  Peter Beattie August 2013 (cropped).jpg Coalition placeholder-01.png
Leader Peter Beattie Rob Borbidge
Party Labor National/Liberal coalition
Leader since20 February 1996 (1996-02-20)10 December 1991 (1991-12-10)
Leader's seat Brisbane Central Surfers Paradise
Last election44 seats32 seats
Seats won66 seats15 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg22Decrease2.svg17
Popular vote1,007,737586,573

 Third partyFourth party
  One Nation placeholder-01.png City-Country Alliance placeholder-01.png
Leadernone Bill Feldman
Party One Nation City Country Alliance
Leader sinceN/A22 December 1999 (1999-12-22)
Leader's seatN/A Caboolture (lost seat)
Last election11 seatsN/A
Seats won3 seats0 seats
Seat changeDecrease2.svg8Decrease2.svg5
Popular vote179,07649,263

2001 Queensland election - Vote Strength.svg
The top map shows the first party preference by electorate. The bottom map shows the final two-party preferred vote result by electorate.

Premier before election

Peter Beattie

Elected Premier

Peter Beattie

An election was held in the Australian state of Queensland on 17 February 2001 to elect the 89 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. The result of the election was the return of the Labor Party (ALP) government of Premier Peter Beattie, with an increased majority. Labor won 66 seats, easily the most it has ever won in Queensland and one of Labor's best-ever results nationwide. There was a 10.07% swing towards Labor, while One Nation suffered a 13.98% swing against it, losing eight seats (five of which were held by the newly formed City Country Alliance after an internal split in December 1999).


The longstanding coalition between the Nationals and Liberals, led by Nationals leader (and former premier) Rob Borbidge recorded only a 2.39% swing against it. However, its support in Brisbane all but vanished; it was reduced to only one seat in the capital. Largely due to losses in Brisbane, the Coalition suffered an overall 17-seat loss. This included only three seats for the Liberals, easily the worst showing for the urban non-Labor party in Queensland since it adopted the Liberal banner in 1948. The 'Just Vote 1' strategy adopted by the Labor campaign (capitalising on Queensland's optional preferential voting system) was also considered to be effective in reducing preference flows between the Coalition parties, thereby dampening the combined strength of the conservative parties. [1]

Key dates

23 January 2001Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election. [2]
29 January 2001Close of electoral rolls.
30 January 2001Close of nominations.
17 February 2001Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
22 February 2001The Beattie Ministry was reconstituted.
2 March 2001The writ was returned and the results formally declared.


Winning party by electorate. 2001 Queensland election - Simple Results.svg
Winning party by electorate.

Queensland state election, 17 February 2001 [3]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters2,276,044
Votes cast2,107,410 Turnout 92.59–0.26
Informal votes47,849Informal2.29+0.84
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Labor 1,007,73748.93+10.0766+22
  Liberal 294,96814.32–1.773– 6
  Nationals 291,60514.16–1.0212– 11
  One Nation 179,0768.69–13.983– 8
  Greens 51,6302.51+0.150± 0
  City Country Alliance 49,2632.39+2.390± 0
  Democrats 7,0290.34–1.270± 0
  Christian Democrats 9190.04–0.070± 0
  Independent 177,3348.61+6.445+ 3
Total2,059,561  89 
Popular vote
One Nation
City Country Alliance
Christian Democrats
One Nation

Seats changing hands

Albert  National Bill Baumann 0.3-12.912.6 Margaret Keech Labor 
Aspley  Liberal John Goss 2.0-6.74.7 Bonny Barry Labor 
Broadwater  National Allan Grice 10.7-13.12.4 Peta-Kaye Croft Labor 
Burdekin  City Country Alliance1 Jeff Knuth 8.9-14.05.1 Steve Rodgers Labor 
Burleigh  National Judy Gamin 8.5-10.31.8 Christine Smith Labor 
Burnett  National Doug Slack 9.3-11.01.7 Trevor Strong Labor 
Charters Towers  National Rob Mitchell 3.2-5.42.2 Christine Scott Labor 
Clayfield  Liberal Santo Santoro 4.5-6.52.0 Liddy Clark Labor 
Darling Downs  Nationalnotional5.3-6.41.1 Ray Hopper Independent 
Gaven  Nationalnotional7.0-14.67.6 Robert Poole Labor 
Glass House  Nationalnotional4.3-13.99.6 Carolyn Male Labor 
Gympie  National Len Stephan 3.5-6.83.3 Elisa Roberts One Nation 
Hervey Bay  City Country Alliance1 David Dalgleish 4.2-11.87.6 Andrew McNamara Labor 
Indooroopilly  Liberal Denver Beanland 0.4-3.32.9 Ronan Lee Labor 
Ipswich West  City Country Alliance1 Jack Paff 4.2-11.57.3 Don Livingstone Labor 
Kawana  Liberal Bruce Laming 16.1-18.72.6 Chris Cummins Labor 
Mudgeeraba  Liberal Ray Connor 11.6-18.46.8 Dianne Reilly Labor 
Noosa  Liberal Bruce Davidson 10.4-11.30.9 Cate Molloy Labor 
Pumicestone  City Country Alliance1 Bill Feldman 0.8-16.916.1 Carryn Sullivan Labor 
Redlands  National John Hegarty 0.6-7.56.9 John English Labor 
Southport  National Mick Veivers 3.1-13.910.8 Peter Lawlor Labor 
Tablelands  Independent2 Shaun Nelson 0.2N/A13.6 Rosa Lee Long One Nation 
Thuringowa  Independent3 Ken Turner 5.6-9.23.6 Anita Phillips Labor 
Toowoomba North  National Graham Healy 10.0-11.91.9 Kerry Shine Labor 
Whitsunday  City Country Alliance1 Harry Black 3.2-12.89.6 Jan Jarratt Labor 

Candidates in italics did not contest their seat at this election.

1Candidates Black, Dalgleish, Feldman, Paff, and Prenzler were all elected as One Nation Party MLAs, but abandoned that party to form the City Country Alliance in December 1999.

2 Shaun Nelson was elected as a One Nation Party MLA in 1998, but left that party in February 1999 to sit as an independent.

3 Ken Turner was elected as a One Nation Party MLA in 1998, but left that party in 1999 to sit as an independent.

Post-election pendulum

Noosa Cate Molloy ALP0.9%
Burnett Trevor Strong ALP1.7%
Burleigh Christine Smith ALP1.8%
Toowoomba North Kerry Shine ALP1.9%
Clayfield Liddy Clark ALP2.0%
Charters Towers Christine Scott ALP2.2%
Broadwater Peta-Kaye Croft ALP2.5%
Kawana Chris Cummins ALP2.6%
Indooroopilly Ronan Lee ALP2.9%
Thuringowa Anita Phillips ALP3.6% v IND
Aspley Bonny Barry ALP4.7%
Burdekin Steve Rodgers ALP5.1%
Fairly safe
Mudgeeraba Dianne Reilly ALP6.8%
Redlands John English ALP6.9%
Barron River Lesley Clark ALP7.3% v IND
Ipswich West Don Livingstone ALP7.3% v ONP
Gaven Robert Poole ALP7.6%
Hervey Bay Andrew McNamara ALP7.6% V ONP
Mansfield Phil Reeves ALP8.6%
Mount Ommaney Julie Attwood ALP8.7% v IND
Townsville Mike Reynolds ALP9.3%
Glass House Carolyn Male ALP9.6%
Whitsunday Jan Jarratt ALP9.6%
Springwood Barbara Stone ALP10.4%
Southport Peter Lawlor ALP10.8%
Mulgrave Warren Pitt ALP11.3% v ONP
Mundingburra Peter Lawlor ALP11.4%
Stretton Stephen Robertson ALP12.7%
Albert Margaret Keech ALP12.7% v ONP
Mackay Tim Mulherin ALP13.5%
Greenslopes Gary Fenlon ALP14.1%
Mount Gravatt Judy Spence ALP14.2%
Currumbin Merri Rose ALP14.6%
Capalaba Michael Choi ALP14.6% v IND
Cairns Desley Boyle ALP14.8%
Bundaberg Nita Cunningham ALP14.9%
Ashgrove Jim Fouras ALP15.0%
Chatsworth Terry Mackenroth ALP15.2%
Mount Coot-tha Wendy Edmond ALP16.1%
Pumicestone Carryn Sullivan ALP16.1%
Mount Isa Tony McGrady ALP16.2% v ONP
Cleveland Darryl Briskey ALP16.7%
Ipswich Rachel Nolan ALP16.8% v ONP
Fitzroy Jim Pearce ALP17.2%
Everton Rod Welford ALP17.5%
Redcliffe Ray Hollis ALP17.6%
Waterford Tom Barton ALP18.0% v ONP
Ferny Grove Geoff Wilson ALP20.5%
Murrumba Dean Wells ALP21.1%
Woodridge Desley Scott ALP21.1% v ONP
Kallangur Ken Hayward ALP21.4%
Inala Henry Palaszczuk ALP21.4% v IND
Yeerongpilly Matt Foley ALP22.2%
Logan John Mickel ALP22.3%
Stafford Terry Sullivan ALP22.4%
Algester Karen Struthers ALP22.6%
Kurwongbah Linda Lavarch ALP22.7%
Cook Steve Bredhauer ALP22.9% v ONP
Bulimba Pat Purcell ALP23.2%
Rockhampton Robert Schwarten ALP24.2%
Lytton Paul Lucas ALP24.4%
Sandgate Gordon Nuttall ALP24.5%
South Brisbane Anna Bligh ALP24.9%
Brisbane Central Peter Beattie ALP25.0%
Nudgee Neil Roberts ALP25.1%
Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller ALP30.9%
Warrego Howard Hobbs NAT0.3% v IND
Maroochydore Fiona Simpson NAT0.8%
Moggill David Watson LIB0.9%
Caloundra Joan Sheldon LIB1.0%
Keppel Vince Lester NAT1.5%
Beaudesert Kev Lingard NAT2.0%
Callide Jeff Seeney NAT2.3% v ONP
Hinchinbrook Marc Rowell NAT2.8% v ONP
Mirani Ted Malone NAT3.8%
Robina Bob Quinn LIB4.0%
Surfers Paradise Rob Borbidge NAT5.3%
Fairly safe
Toowoomba South Mike Horan NAT7.9%
Cunningham Stuart Copeland NAT8.6%
Gregory Vaughan Johnson NAT9.3%
Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg NAT16.8%
Maryborough John Kingston IND0.5% v ALP
Darling Downs Ray Hopper IND1.1% v NAT
Gympie Elisa Roberts ONP3.3% v ALP
Gladstone Liz Cunningham IND3.5% v ALP
Lockyer Bill Flynn ONP7.3% v ALP
Tablelands Rosa Lee Long ONP13.8% v ALP
Nanango Dorothy Pratt IND17.1% v ALP
Nicklin Peter Wellington IND23.4% v ONP

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