Marginal LNP 3.4%
Andrew Powell (LNP) since 2009. Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
Glass House is a mixed rural-urban electorate north of Caboolture and covers most of the inland parts of the southern Sunshine Coast. Inland from Caboolture it includes Upper Caboolture, Mount Mee and Woodford. Further north it includes Elimbah, Beerburrum, Glass House Mountains, Peachester, Mooloolah, Eudlo, Montville, Maleny and Conondale. Covers 1,768 square kilometres.
The electorate draws is name from a local cluster of hills named the Glass House Mountains by James Cook as he sailed past in the Endeavour in 1770. The ‘mountains’ are the remnant cores of extinct volcanoes, and to Cook the odd shapes reminded him of glass furnaces in his home county of Yorkshire.
The first incarnation of Glass House was first contested at the 1986 election and won by the National Party. It was one of many seats to fall to Labor on the election of the Goss government in 1989. Glass House then disappeared from the state’s electoral map on the drawing of one-vote one-value electoral boundaries ahead of the 1992 election.
Glass House was re-created by the redistribution ahead of the 2001 election and took in much of the abolished electorate of Caboolture, a seat that had been won by One Nation in 1998. However, the electoral climate in 2001 was very different, and while the combined first preference vote of the four competing conservative candidates was more than 50%, over half of preferences exhausted and Labor’s Carolyn Male was easily elected from a first preference vote of only 40.6%. Male was re-elected in both 2004 and 2006 after increasing her first preference vote to more than 48%.
Another redistribution ahead of the 2009 election made Glass House more rural by removing parts of Caboolture. Male moved to successfully contest Pine Rivers while Glass House was won by the LNP’s Andrew Powell. Powell pushed his margin above 20% on the election of the Newman government in 2012, but came close to defeat in 2015 after a savage 19% swing back to Labor.
On new boundariesa at the 2017 election, Powell took his margin out from under 1% to 3.4%.
Past Election Results
(Victories by a party of government are indicated by thick coloured underlining.)
2017 Polling Place Results
The LNP recorded majorities at 14 polling places compared to 11 for Labor. Labor’s best result was 60.6% at Conondale Sate School and the LNP’s 59.1% at Mount Mee State School. Polling day votes represented 57.5% of all votes and the LNP vote was 51.5%. Another 25.7% of votes were pre-polls where the LNP vote was 54.8%, and 11.4% were postals where LNP support was an even higher 61.8%.
(Click on polling place for results)
|HAMPSTEAD Brent||Australian Labor Party|
|McLEAN, Andrew||The Greens|
|CAMPBELL Graeme||Pauline Hanson’s One Nation|
|McDONALD, James||United Australia Party|
|McCOY, Laressa||Informed Medical Options Party|
Aged 47, Powell’s early childhood years were a moveable feast before his family settled in Burpengary where Powell completed his schooling at Grace Lutheran College in Redcliffe. He went to the University of Queensland where he completed bachelors degrees in Science (Geographical Sciences and Physics) and Arts (Modern History and Russian). Powell went on to work with Department of Defence in Canberra before returning to Queensland where he worked for the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Child Safety. First elected in 2009, Powell served as Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection in the Newman government 2012-15. He is currently Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Australian Labor Party
53 year-old Hampstead grew up in Logan City but now lives in Maleny where his family has ties to the local dairy industries dating back to the early 1900s. He runs an entertainment consultancy business with his wife and also works on the staff of a local Labor MP. He has worked in the entertainment industry since leaving school, with some of the highlights being editor of Time Off magazine, a publicist at Channel 7 and State Manager for Sony. Hampstead was the Labor candidate for this seat in both 2015 and 2017.
50 year-old McClean is a motor mechanic by trade and ran a mobile car service business for 10 years before he moved to Maleny where he currently runs a non-profit affordable housing organisation. McLean is also an ordained Lutheran minister.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
Campbell grew up in northern NSW on his family’s dairy farm. After completing his schooling in Sydney and graduating from Teacher’s College in Goulburn, Campbell spent four years teaching in Sydney before moving to Queensland in 1983 and starting up his own business. After starting a family, he joined the Queensland Police Service, spending 18 years and reaching the rank of Senior Sergeant. He returned for a further three years in a management position. For the past 12 years Campbell has been working with his wife assisting small businesses grow and develop.
United Australia Party
McDonald holds a Bachelor of Management in Tourism and Hospitality and is described as having extensive international business experience. Former Assistant National Director of the Palmer United Party. For Palmer’s parties he contested Maroochydore at the 2015 Queensland election, the Queensland Senate in 2016 and lead the WA Senate team in 2019.
Informed Medical Options Party