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Parliament of Queensland, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 21 March 2009

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
21 March 2009

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election.
Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise (at 18 years), single member districts, preferential voting (AV), optional preferences, compulsory voting

Queensland, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 21 March 2009
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party  1,002,415  42.25  -4.67  51  57.30 
Liberal National Party  987,018  41.60  34  38.20 
Greens  198,475  8.37  +0.38     
Independents  134,156  5.65  +0.97  4.49 
Daylight Saving For SE Queensland (DS4SEQ)  22,170  0.93     
Family First   19,379  0.82  -1.08     
One Nation  9,038  0.38  -0.22     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 2,372,651  100.00    89  100.00 

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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.


Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous election; after nine years in office, Beattie resigned and, as the only candidate, Anna Bligh was chosen by the Labor caucus to be the leader of the party. Bligh was commissioned on 13 September 2007 as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government. By winning the 2009 Queensland Legislative Assembly election as Premier, Bligh was the first woman to be elected as Premier of an Australian State; two other women had already gained the office of Premier -- Carmen Lawrence in Western Australia (13 March 1990 to 16 February 1993) and Joan Kirner in Victoria (10 August 1990 to 16 October 1992) -- but both assumed office during the term of a government and were defeated at the subsequent election. Note that women had already won office as first ministers of both the Australian Capital Territory (Rosemary Follett 11 May 1989, Kate Carnell 9 March 1995) and the Northern Territory (Clare Martin 18 August 2001); note also women heads of government

Liberal National Party: In July 2008, the Liberal Party and the National Party in Queensland agreed to merge to form a new party to contest state elections, the Liberal National Party. The merger was approved by the membership of both parties at separate state party conventions; the new party was led by the former parliamentary leader of the Queensland National Party, Lawrence Springborg. The combined vote share of the Liberal and National parties at the previous Queensland Assembly election in September 2006 was 37.9 percent,

Independents: The vote shown for independents at this Queensland Legislative Assembly election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates who ran for office without a registered party name. There were 72 such candidates, four of whom were elected (all four were sitting members): Elizabeth Cunningham (electoral district of Gladstone), Christopher Foley (electoral district of Maryborough); Dorothy Pratt (electoral district of Nanango); and Peter Wellington (electoral district of Nicklin).

DS4SEQ: The Daylight Saving for South East Queensland (DS4SEQ) Party was launched in mid-December 2008 and fielded 32 candidates at this election. The party's spokesman, Jason Furze, stated that '...the DS4SEQ proposed those living in the Gold Coast City Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council areas, as far west as Toowoomba and Goondiwindi Regional Council boundaries, would fall into a time zone consistent with the rest of eastern Australia', Courier Mail, Sunday 14 December 2008, online at: [accessed 5 April 2009].

Greens: The Greens had gained representation in the Queensland Legislative Assembly in October 2008 when Ronan Lee, the sitting Australian Labor Party member for Indooroopilly, resigned from the Australian Labor Party to sit as a member of the Queensland Greens. Lee had held the seat of Indooroopilly for the Australian Labor Party since the general election in 2001. He contested Indooroopilly at the 2009 Assembly general election as a member of the Greens, and was defeated by a member of the Liberal National Party.

References: For background and an analysis of this election, see Paul D Williams, 'The Queensland Election of 21 March 2009: Labor's Swim Against the Tide', Australian Journal of Political Science, 45(2) June 2010: 277-283, and Mark Rodrigues, 'Queensland Election 2009', Parliamentary Library Research Paper, Parliament of Australia, 2 June 2009, no. 34, 2008–09, online at:


Election results, Electoral Commission of Queensland website: [accessed 23 February 2012]