Adam Carr's guide to
The 2007 Australian federal election

The House of Representatives


Division of Capricornia


Kirsten Livermore (ALP)

Her ALP website

Robert Mills (Nat)

His Nationals website

Jon Eaton (FF)

His Family First website

Scott Kilpatrick (Lib)

His Liberal
Party website

Anton Prange (Dem)

No website
Location: Central Qld: Clermont, Moranbah, Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Yeppoon
Division named for: The Capricornia region, from the Tropic of Capricorn which passes through the district
Median weekly family income: $844 (102nd highest)
Persons born in non English speaking countries: 2.7% (141st highest)
Persons in professional occupations: 21.5% (114th highest)
Persons aged 65 and over: 12.0% (99th highest)
Couple families with dependent children: 39.1% (63rd highest)
Dwellings being purchased: 22.9% (95th highest)
Sitting member: Kirsten Livermore (Labor), elected 1998, 2001, 2004
Born: 10 November 1969, Mackay, Queensland. Career: Union organiser, Community and Public Sector Union, solicitor. Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry since 2001. Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage 2001-03, Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Sustainability and the Environment and Parliamentary Secretary (Heritage) to the Shadow Minister for Heritage and the Territories 2003, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education and Training 2003-04
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education since 26 October 2004
1996 two-party majority: National 03.6
Effect of 1998 redistribution: 00.1 shift to Labor
1998 two-party majority: Labor 05.3
2001 two-party majority: Labor 06.9
Effect of 2004 redistribution: 01.2 shift to National
2004 primary votes: Labor 47.2, Liberal 13.2, National 27.5, Green 2.0
2004 two-party majority: Labor 05.1
Effect of 2006 redistribution: 01.3 shift to National
2007 notional two-party majority: Labor 03.8
2004 enrolment: 91,027
2007 enrolment: 92,707 (+01.8%) (new boundaries)
Capricornia has existed since Federation, ansd has always been based on the provincial port of Rockhampton, although its boundaries have fluctuated greatly at successive redistributions. It has usually been a Labor seat, though since the 1940s an increasingly unreliable one. The seat has rather higher median income levels than most rural seats, but has the usual rural characteristics of low levels of people in professional occupations and of people born in non English speaking countries. While many provincial cities have turned against Labor in recent years, Rockhampton is still overwhelmingly Labor: in 2004 Labor polled over 60% of the two-party vote in most of the Rockhampton booths. Labor also retains support in the mining towns outside Rockhampton, polling over 70% of the two-party vote in Mount Morgan, Collinsville, Dysart and Moranbah. The Nationals polled best in the small rural booths, and also polled well in the Sarina area, which was in Dawson in 2004 but has now been added to Capricornia. Capricornia's most distinguished member has been Frank Forde, Labor's Deputy Leader 1935-46 and briefly Prime Minister in 1945. Labor's Kirsten Livermore has held the seat since 1998. Livermore has established herself in the seat in the face of adverse swings in Queensland in 2001 and 2004, and now seems reasonably secure, although the removal of Labor-voting territory by the 2006 redistribution has weakened her position slightly. In the current political climate she seems to be in no danger.
Candidates in ballot-paper order
  • Scott Kilpatrick (Liberal) runs a Rockhampton building company which employs 250 people.
  • Bob Oakes (Independent) is a newsagent and Mayor of Nebo.
  • Bill Ingrey (CEC) is a shot firer.
  • Kirsten Livermore (Labor) is the sitting member: see biography above.
  • Paul Bambrick (Greens) is a primary child-care provider.
  • Anton Prange (Democrats) is a company director.
  • Jon Eaton (Family First) is a manager.
  • Robert Mills (National) is a small businessman and former public servant. He was a staffer for Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald.

    Two-party vote by booth, 2004 Click to enlarge map

    Two-party swing by booth, 2004 Click to enlarge map

    Members for Capricornia

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