Margin: Labor 25.4%
Region: Logan City
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Electorate analysis: The electorate of Woodridge extends from Logan Central northwards to the South East Freeway and Underwood, and southwards across Logan Motorway to Crestmead. It was created in 1977 but was substantially altered by the loss of its semi-rural areas in 1986. Throughout this period it was held for Labor by Bill D’Arcy, who was forced to retire in 1999 to fight child sex charges for which he was later imprisoned. D’Arcy was succeeded by state party secretary Mike Kaiser, who in turn resigned in disgrace in 2001 after his vote rorting activities were exposed at the Shepherdson inquiry. This did not cause any noticeable electoral damage to his successor, Desley Scott, who has gone on to enjoy the biggest margin of any Labor member at both the 2006 and 2009 elections. A member of the Labor Forum faction, Scott has thus far failed to win significant promotion.
Analysis written by William Bowe. Please direct corrections or comments to pollbludger-AT-crikey.com.au. Read William’s blog, The Poll Bludger.