2001 Profile of the division of Forde

Updated: 9 February 2011



Name Derivation:

Named after Francis Michael Forde (1890–1983), Member of Legislative Assembly (1917–1922), Member of House of Representatives (1922–1946), Prime Minister of Australia (6–12 July 1945).

Area and Location Description:

It covers an area of approximately 4873 sq km from Logan in the north-east to the Boonah Shire in the south-west and to the New South Wales Border in the south.

The main suburbs/towns include Aratula, Beenleigh, Bethania, Beaudesert, Boonah, Canungra, Eagleby, Edens Landing, Jimboomba, Lake Moogerah, Loganlea, Mt Tamborine, Munruben, Numinbah Valley, Rathdowney and Waterford.

Products/Industries of the area:

A diverse area from residential suburbs to the farming and dairying areas of the Beaudesert and Boonah Shires and also includes some light industry.

First Proclaimed/Election



  • Kay Elson (LP) 1996–
  • M C Crawford (ALP) 1987–96
  • D J H Watson (LP) 1984–87

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Demographic Rating


Statistical information
3 October 1998 Election 6 November 1999 Referendum 10 November 2001 Election

Enrolment: 76 745

Informal Vote: 4.00%

Turnout: 93.23%

Seat Status: Marginal Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 44.75%
  • LP: 55.25%

Enrolment: 78 734

Informal Vote:

  • Republic Question 0.75%
  • Preamble Question 0.87%


  • Republic Question 94.44%
  • Preamble Question 94.42%

Enrolment: 86 672

Informal Vote: 5.89%

Turnout: 94.46%

Seat Status: Fairly Safe Liberal

Two Party Preferred:

  • ALP: 42.62%
  • LP: 57.38%