Electoral district of Albert

For the former electoral district in South Australia, see Electoral district of Albert (South Australia).
QueenslandLegislative Assembly
State Queensland
Dates current 1888–1950, 1960–present
MP Mark Boothman
Party Liberal National
Namesake Albert River
Electors 36,716 (2015)
Area 235 km2 (90.7 sq mi)
Coordinates 27°49′S 153°13′E / 27.817°S 153.217°E / -27.817; 153.217Coordinates: 27°49′S 153°13′E / 27.817°S 153.217°E / -27.817; 153.217

Albert is a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Queensland. Albert is named for the Albert River, which runs through the electorate and separates Logan City from City of Gold Coast. It was first created in a redistribution in 1887 ahead of the 1888 colonial election and continued to exist (with various boundary alterations) until 1949, when the Darlington and Southport electorates were created. In 1959, the electorate was established again and exists to this day. The 1971 and 1977 redistributions greatly reduced the area of the electorate and minor changes were made in 1991, including the loss of Carbrook in the north and coastal areas below Paradise Point in the south.[1]

Its consistently changing boundaries together with its existence in a high-growth area do not provide consistent political leanings over time, although it has shown more inclination towards the Labor Party over time than any other Gold Coast seat.

The present Member for Albert, Mark Boothman, was first elected in the 2012 election.


Historically, the Gold Coast and Logan regions were sparsely populated agricultural areas,[2] and the Albert electorate covered the entire south-eastern corner of the state. Its representation broadly reflected the conservative leanings and rural interests of its population, and John Appel, who served in both the Second Kidston Ministry and Denham Ministry, participated in the formation of both the Queensland Farmers' Union from the rural caucus of the Ministerialist party in 1915 and the subsequent Country Party in 1919.

The seat's boundaries evolved thus:[3]

It was split up in the 1949 redistribution ahead of the 1950 state election into Darlington, which included Redland, Logan, Beaudesert, Coomera, Jimboomba and Tamborine; and Southport which was limited to the Gold Coast and its hinterland.[3] Both seats remained safe for the Country Party; Plunkett opted to contest the seat of Darlington.

At the 1960 state election, the fast-growing Southport seat was split into Albert in the north and South Coast in the south.[3] Further urban growth pushed the seat progressively northwards.

Its present boundaries, as at the 2009 election, take in mostly urban, semi-urban and industrial areas west of the Pacific Motorway extending from Mount Warren Park and Windaroo in southern Logan to Coomera and Oxenford in the outer northern Gold Coast.

Members for Albert

First incarnation (1888–1950)
  Thomas Plunkett Sr. Conservative 1888–1890
Ministerialist 1890–1896
Robert Collins Independent 1896–1899
Thomas Plunkett Sr. Opposition 1899–1903
Liberal 1903–1907
Kidston 1907–1908
John Appel Conservative 1908–1909
Ministerial/Qld. Liberal 1909–1915
Farmers' Union 1915–1917
Nationalist 1917–1919
Country 1919–1922
United 1922–1925
CPNP 1925–1929
Thomas Flood Plunkett CPNP 1929–1936
Country 1936–1950
Second incarnation (1960–present)
Cec Carey Country 1960–1969 (died in office)
Bill Heatley Liberal 1970–1971 (died in office)
Bill D'Arcy Labor 1972–1974
Ivan Gibbs National 1974–1989
John Szczerbanik Labor 1989–1995
Bill Baumann National 1995–2001
Margaret Keech Labor 2001–2012
Mark Boothman Liberal National 2012–present

Election results

Queensland state election, 2015: Albert[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Mark Boothman 13,597 43.13 −6.46
Labor Melissa McMahon 11,145 35.35 +6.99
Palmer United Blair Brewster 3,428 10.87 +10.87
Greens Jane Cajdler 1,923 6.10 +0.70
Family First Amanda Best 1,434 4.55 −1.24
Total formal votes 31,527 97.21 +0.04
Informal votes 906 2.79 −0.04
Turnout 32,433 88.33 −3.09
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal National Mark Boothman 14,872 51.67 −10.22
Labor Melissa McMahon 13,911 48.33 +10.22
Liberal National hold Swing −10.22



  1. "Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860 - 2012" (PDF). Queensland Parliament.
  2. In 1933, the census counted the following populations in local government areas: Coolangatta, 1,828; Southport, 4,218; Beaudesert, 4,915; Beenleigh, 2,322; Cleveland, 2,398; Coomera, 1,152; Nerang, 3,730; Tamborine, 2,673; Tingalpa, 1,812; Waterford, 1,052. In the ensuing 15 years, the region described above only gained another 10,000 people. Source: Queensland Year Book, 1949, p.42.
  3. 1 2 3 Queensland Government Gazettes: 1909, p.553; 1915, p.1104; 1929, p.1005; 1932, p.1517; 1947, p.927; 1950; p.1182 and 1187; 1960, p.1911 and 1919. Maps in Waterson, D.B. Biographical register of the Queensland Parliament, 1930-1980 Canberra: ANU Press (1982).
  4. "Albert: District Summary". 2015 State General Election. Electoral Commission of Queensland. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  5. Green, Antony (12 February 2015). "Albert results". Queensland election 2015. Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 13 February 2015.

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