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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Fairfax (green) within Queensland
Created 1984
MP Clive Palmer
Party Palmer United
Namesake Ruth Fairfax
Electors 95,467 (2013)
Area 1,036 km2 (400.0 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Fairfax is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. It was set up in 1984 and is named after Ruth Fairfax, founder of the Country Women's Association. It is covers the Sunshine Coast region north of Brisbane and includes the towns of Buderim, Coolum, Eumundi, Kenilworth, Mapleton, Maroochydore, Montville, Nambour, Palmwoods, Peregian Springs, Woombye and Yandina.


Member Party Term
  Evan Adermann National 1984–1990
  Alex Somlyay Liberal 1990–2010
  Liberal National 2010–2013
  Clive Palmer Palmer United 2013-present

In the 2013 election, mining millionaire and leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer won the seat by 36 votes at the first count. This was reduced to 7 votes after a recount of the distribution of preferences. Because this was less than 100 votes, the Australian Electoral Commission counted all the votes again which gave Palmer a win by 53 votes.

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