Federal electorate redistribution in Qld could spark Liberal Party battle
First 7 of 7 paragraphs shown The redrawing of the boundaries for Queensland's federal electorates could spark a battle on the Sunshine Coast between Liberal politicians fighting over seats, according to The Courier-Mail (23/8/2003, p. 10).
New seat created: The redistribution, which created a new seat called Bonner based around the bayside suburbs of Wynnum, Manly and Lytton, was forced due to high population growth in Queensland's southeast.
Brough's seat more marginal: Longman, held by Employment Services Minister Mal Brough, would remain a marginal Liberal seat although it will be harder for the party to win under the new boundaries. This was mainly because one of the best parts of the seat, around the hinterland town of Maleny, moved to Fisher, held by Parliamentary secretary Peter Slipper.
Bowman more marginal: On Brisbane's southside, the old seat of Bowman moved down towards Redland Bay, making it a marginal Liberal seat. The new seat of Bonner, named after the former Liberal Aboriginal Senator, the late Neville Bonner, is a very marginal Labor seat.