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Leichhardt
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Leichhardt (green) within Queensland
Created 1949
MP Warren Entsch
Party Liberal National
Namesake Ludwig Leichhardt
Electors 99,402 (2013)
Area 148,988 km2 (57,524.6 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Leichhardt is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. It was set up in 1949. It is one of Australia's largest electorates, covering an area from Cairns to Cape York and the Torres Strait, including the Torres Strait Islands.

The division is named after Ludwig Leichhardt, an explorer and scientist.

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Ludwig Leichhardt

Most of the electorate is almost uninhabited except for small Aboriginal communities. The southeast corner includes, the Wet Tropics, and includes urban Cairns. There are small, intensive sugar cane, banana and mango farms in this region. The main towns are Aurukun, Bamaga, Cairns, Cooktown, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Kuranda, Lockhart River, Mossman, Pormpuraaw, Port Douglas, Thursday Island and Weipa.

Members

Member Party Term
  Tom Gilmore Country 1949–1951
  Harry Bruce Labor 1951–1958
  Bill Fulton Labor 1958–1975
  David Thomson National 1975–1983
  John Gayler Labor 1983–1993
  Peter Dodd Labor 1993–1996
  Warren Entsch Liberal 1996–2007
  Jim Turnour Labor 2007–2010
  Warren Entsch Liberal National 2010–present

Election results


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