2004 Profile of the division of Leichhardt

Updated: 29 September 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after Friedrich Leichhardt 1813–48, explorer and scientist.

Area and Location Description:

Leichhardt covers an area of approximately 150 676 sq km from the Torres Strait Islands in the north to Edmonton in the south. The main towns include Bamaga, Cairns, Cooktown, Kuranda, Mossman, Port Douglas, Thursday Island and Weipa.

Map of Division:

Products/Industries of the Area:

Sugar, tropical fruit, aquaculture, cattle, fishing, bauxite mining, shipbuilding and tourism.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:



  • ENTSCH, W (LP) 1996–
  • DODD, P G (ALP) 1993–1996
  • GAYLER, J (ALP) 1983–1993
  • THOMSON, D S (NCP/NP) 1975–1983
  • FULTON, W J (ALP) 1958–1975
  • BRUCE, H A (ALP) 1951–1958
  • GILMORE, T V (CP) 1949–1951

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 90 542
  • Informal Vote: 6.03%
  • Turnout: 91.16%
  • Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 60% | ALP: 40%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.