Division of Dawson

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Dawson
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Dawson (green) within Queensland
Created1949
MPGeorge Christensen
PartyLiberal National
NamesakeAnderson Dawson
Electors98,171 (2013)
Area14,945 km2 (5,770.3 sq mi)
DemographicRural
Anderson (Andrew) Dawson

The Division of Dawson is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. It was set up in 1949 and is named after Anderson Dawson, the first Labor Premier of Queensland and leader of the first parliamentary socialist government in the world. It is on the North Queensland coast, and includes the towns of Ayr, Bowen, Mackay, Proserpine and parts of Townsville.[1]

Members[change | change source]

Member Party Term
  Charles Davidson Country 1949–1963
  George Shaw Country 1963–1966
  Rex Patterson Labor 1966–1975
  Ray Braithwaite National 1975–1996
  De-Anne Kelly National 1996–2007
  James Bidgood Labor 2007–2010
  George Christensen Liberal National 2010–present

Rex Patterson won the seat at a by-election for Dawson in 1966 following the death of George Shaw. Patterson became Minister for Northern Development, and later Minister for Agriculture in the Whitlam Government.

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Coordinates: 20°12′14″S 148°00′11″E / 20.204°S 148.003°E / -20.204; 148.003