Bundamba, Currumbin and Brisbane City Council live

Live results for Bundamba here and Currumbin here, including booth level totals and swings.


11pm. I’ve actually turned off the booth matching now, so the 76.7% probability shown of an LNP probability win entails an expectation that the uncounted two-party vote (i.e. all pre-polls, postals and the rest) should behave similarly to the election day votes, when the primary vote numbers make clear that they will actually favour the LNP. So disregard the probability and treat this is near-certain LNP win. Other than the two-party numbers, there was next to no additional counting in the by-elections today. However, the picture for Brisbane City Council has become clearer, and it bears out expectations that postal votes would heavily favour the Liberal National Party — so much so that they now look like matching their performance in 2016, when it won 19 seats out of 26. Labor’s clearest hope of an addition to its meagre was for a surprise win in Calamvale, but that’s faded now; the LNP has also pulled clear from a hitherto precarious position in marginal Holland Park; and the general trend suggests they should also prevail in currently lineball Enoggera and Northgate. The same is probably also true of Paddington, where they presently hold a narrow lead over the Greens, who thus look unlikely to gain a second seat to add to The Gabba despite a generally strong performance.

5.30pm. There are now two-party results in Currumbin for all election day polling booths. This means my projections have come to life – and they are projecting a 1.2% swing to the LNP for a winning margin of 4.5%, with a 99.7% probability of victory. But as I noted at the very beginning of all this, this is based off estimates of where votes would be cast at the by-election that entailed a huge amount of guess work. The reason I have very different swing results in the tables at the top left and the charts at the top right is that the latter estimate two-party results where only primary votes are presently available, i.e. for pre-polls and postals. Other than that, no new numbers have been added today — indeed, the existing postal votes for Bundamba seem to have disappeared for some reason.


As you can see on the links above, my results reporting pages are in action, but they only have primary votes to work with — it doesn’t appear notional two-party counts are being conducted, and I am not making use of preference estimates like Antony Green. Nonetheless, they are of value in being the only place you can find booth results short of poring through the XML media feed, and exclusively feature swings for polling booths and vote types.

The situation in Bundamba and Currumbin seems to be that most of the election day and pre-poll primary votes have been counted; that there should be roughly 5000 postals for each electorate and maybe 1500 to 2000 of various other kinds of vote, of which respectively 2191 and 998 formal votes have been counted in Currumbin, while only 747 postals have been counted in Bundamba. In Currumbin, the current primary vote shares are LNP 43.1%, Labor 39.6%, Greens 10.9% and One Nation 6.5%, with postals heavily favouring the LNP as expected, and “other” votes so far leaning their way as well. My back-of-envelope reckoning is that the LNP’s 3.5% primary vote lead should increase to upwards of 6%, which Labor should only be able to reduce by a couple of points on preferences — Antony Green has scrutineer info that Labor is only getting 71% of Greens preferences, while the LNP is getting 62% from One Nation. So the LNP went into the by-election with a 3.3% margin, and should probably come out of it with about the same.

In Bundamba, Labor does not appear to be losing ground on postals, so their 42.4% is likely to be more or less solid. The Greens are, however, which may rein their 13.5% by upwards of 0.5%. That would mean Labor’s routine three-quarter share of Greens preferences would put them fairly comfortably over the line even without accounting for preference leakage from the LNP, which should be pretty substantial. Labor weren’t claiming victory last I heard, but I don’t see why they shouldn’t.

The LNP are claiming victory for Adrian Schrinner in the Brisbane lord mayoralty race, where Antony Green projects a final margin of 5.0%, which I see no reason to question. The LNP also looks assured of retaining its majority on council: yesterday I said they only had five of their council wards in the bag, but that this said more about the slow grind of the count than the weakness of their position. With today’s counting providing further clarity, it is now clear they have won 13 out of the 26 seats and would not be writing off any of their complement of 19 from 2016. They have retained the more-or-less marginal wards of The Gap, Marchant, Doboy and Runcorn, are very likely to hold Holland Park as well (although the ABC computer isn’t calling that one yet), and appear to have overcome early scares in the seemingly safe wards of Bracken Ridge and Jamboree.

Labor’s clearest shot at a gain from their existing tally of five seats looks to be Calamvale, a rather spectacular result given the existing 14.3% margin. Two LNP marginals, Enoggera and Northgate, look like going down to the wire, but Labor suffered a disappointing failure in Doboy, where the LNP margin had been erased by the redistribution. The Greens are in a tight race to take Paddington off the LNP, which would give them a second seat to add to The Gabba. However, they look to have done well but not well enough in Central, Coorparoo and Walter Taylor.

Saturday night overview

Tonight’s counting and reporting of results was an incomplete and highly chaotic affair, reflecting these times. All that seems clear is that Labor will retain Bundamba, and that Adrian Schrinner seems near certain to retain the Brisbane lord mayoralty. Currumbin is impossible to call at this stage. The council ward results in Brisbane so far look rather weak for the Liberal National Party, but that seems likely to change when counting of postal votes begins. By the same token, the Greens look to have done extremely well, but that too seems likely to moderate. Nowhere do we appear to have two-party preferred counts.


The ECQ website has 56.0% of the primary vote counted in Bundamba, but there are only 25.4% counted (9301 votes) on the media feed, which is the only place where booth results are available. Presumably the former is all the election day and pre-poll results, leaving a big bunch of postals outstanding. Labor are on 42.9% on the latest count, but it was a good result nonetheless for One Nation (27.8%), who far outpolled the LNP (15.9%). The best that can be said for the LNP is that they haven’t come last, as one poll suggested they might, with the Greens on 13.4%. Presumably most of the LNP vote will exhaust, and Labor should get a good flow of preferences from the Greens. I have my results facility back online, but a) as noted it’s well behind the ECQ website count, being based off the feed, and b) my primary vote and swing projections are screwy — they should say Labor 40.3% (-13.0%), Liberal National 16.8% (+1.7%), Greens 16.3% (5.4%). If nothing else, they offer an opportunity to look at booth swings in an easy-to-read format, with due regard to the collapse in traffic at polling booths.


The Currumbin results look to have been removed altogether from the media feed, leaving us with raw totals only the ECQ website’s to go off, accounting for 12,988 votes or 37.1% of the enrolment. So clearly there are plenty of pre-poll and perhaps even election day results to come here on top of the postals.

Brisbane lord mayoralty

The count as recorded on the ECQ website is relatively well advanced, accounting for 41.6% of enrolment. It’s a very different story on the media feed though, so the projection on the ABC site, which makes use of booth-matching, is not illumating. LNP incumbent Adrian Schrinner is on 45.6%, which should presumably be enough. Labor’s Pat Condren is on 31.8%, and while he can hope for a solid boost for preferences from Greens candidate Kath Angus 15.8%, postals should favour Schrinner.

Brisbane City Council

The counts for the council wards are less advanced than for the mayoralty, with progress ranging from barely over 10% to the low forties as a percentage of enrolled voters. While the LNP has only a handful of its existing seats bolted down (Chandler, Hamilton, Macgregor, McDowall and Pullenvale), they seem to be holding up well in some fairly dicey wards (The Gap, Holland Park, Marchant, Doboy). They aren’t doing brilliantly on the early count in the double-digit margin wards of Bracken Ridge, Calamvale and Jamboree, but it’s early days in each case and my guess is that they will pull through. Labor can at least be hopeful of gaining Enoggera, Northgate and Runcorn, which may be the decisive contests in determining if they can wear away the LNP majority.

Early results have been encouraging for the Greens, who have clearly retained The Gabba, are in the hunt to take Paddington off the LNP and can’t be ruled out in Central, Coorparoo and Walter Taylor, although my feeling is that the LNP will pull clear in the latter three. Independent Nicole Johnston has easily retained Tennyson, but Kate Richards failed to pull a rabbit out of the hat in Pullenvale. My best guess is that the LNP, after winning 19 wards out of 26 in 2016, will drop a few seats but retain a majority, but there are very wide error bars on that assessment.

Election night commentary

9.31pm. The ECQ relates: “Preliminary counts are underway. Results are coming into the ECQ as expected. We’re having technical issues displaying results online. We are are working on the issue. Preliminary count continues tonight till around 10pm. The official count begins tomorrow.” Furthermore, the lack of scrutineers means party insiders can’t offer the insight they usually would. Antony Green relates on twitter that “from a hand-scribbled A4 sheet, it seems the LNP leads Currumbin 3200-3167 from 10 counting centres, but 12,000 pre-polls to be counted and then the LNP leaning postals after that”. Given postals are likely to favour the LNP, this suggests they are more likely to hold on that not, but the bulk of the uncounted pre-poll vote suggests nothing should be taken for granted – and it would seem we are unlikely to have much joy on that front tonight.

8.47pm. With 6.9% counted in Central ward, LNP incumbent Vicki Howard is on 42.8% with the Greens running second on 34.0% and Labor third on 23.2%, suggesting it’s worth keeping an eye on as a potential Greens gain. No or next to no votes counted in the Greens existing seat of The Gabba and other potential gains in Coorparoo and Paddington.

Labor are running third in Central ward with 6.9% counted, suggesting it’s worth kee

8.40pm. There are no two-party numbers in the feed, so I presume Antony Green’s numbers are based on preference estimates.

8.20pm. A big hit of results for the Brisbane lord mayoralty with 44,720 votes now counted, though still only a bit more than 5% of enrolment. Adrian Schrinner leads Pat Condren 43.4% to 30.4%, though a lot depends on where those votes are from — probably inner urban areas, judging by the 18.7% Greens vote, which should feed Condren quite a few preferences. This update hasn’t made it through to the feed and the ABC site yet, so no booth matched calculations available.

8.14pm. Slow progress all around. Nothing to report since the last updates.

7.50pm. Antony Green is detecting a 10% swing to Labor in the lord mayoralty race, which should bring it down to the wire. But the qualification remains that projecting results is uniquely challenging at these elections. No further progress in the Currumbin count.

7.40pm. There are nine booths in from Currumbin, with at most 563 formal votes. Antony Green projects no swing at all, which is good news for the LNP, but we’re still only talking 1107 votes counted, or 3.5% of the roll. A different dynamic on pre-polls and postals might yet change things.

7.36pm. Clearly my results facility isn’t about to come to life any time soon, so I’ve put it on ice and will fix it this evening so it will at least be of use in following the late count. Just eyeballing the media feed, I can report that eight booths are in from Bundamba, none of which recorded more than 563 formal votes. Antony Green is calling it for Labor; the LNP look like coming third, not fourth; but One Nation are in second place on a substantial 28.2%, but projected to fall 8.6% short after preferences.

7.21pm. For what very little it’s worth, the Greens lead in the race for the lord mayoralty with 0.12% counted. So presumably an inner city booth.

7.18pm. Some small numbers are starting to appear for Brisbane City Council on the ECQ, but I fear the media feed may have tanked — still nothing on Antony Green’s results page.

7.14pm. Now there are some primary results on the ECQ site for Currumbin, which look reasonably encouraging for the LNP in that they lead Labor 47.9% to 37.6%, but again we don’t know what part of the electorate this is from.

7.11pm. More numbers in from Bundamba on the ECQ site, but still nothing on the feed (no updates on Antony Green’s page either so the problem doesn’t seem to be on my end). The latest update does not change the situation noted previously. We don’t what booths these votes are from, but Bundamba is homogenous enough an electorate that it’s unlikely to matter much.

7.06pm. There are some numbers from Bundamba on the ECQ site but they’re not on the feed yet. They suggest that uComms poll might not have been far off the mark, with the LNP coming last out of four and Labor poised to win easily.

7.00pm. An hour in, and there’s not a single result yet anywhere across Queensland. Might be that social distancing is slowing the process.

6.18pm. I’ve mostly got it working now, I hope, though a niggling error means I’m unable to provide rows for non-ordinary (i.e. mostly postal) votes, which shouldn’t matter until later in the evening and hopefully I’ll have fixed it by then. In any case, the projections have to be regarded as experimental due to the extraordinary circumstances of the election: with voters abandoning polling day voting en masse for postal and pre-poll voting, I’ve had to shift results around for purposes of booth-matching in a rather arbitrary fashion.

6.05pm. Welcome to live coverage of the count for Queensland’s Bundamba and Currumbin state by-elections, and to a lesser extent for the Brisbane lord mayoralty and council. I am hoping to have my live results facility in operation for the first two shortly, provided I’m able to iron a few last teething problems.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

66 comments on “Bundamba, Currumbin and Brisbane City Council live”

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  1. They’ve jumped at Bundamba.
    MacCallum has got away to a lead followed by Bell, Mutton, with SHearman bringing up the rear.

  2. Bundamba has a 14% informal count (1304) out of 9301 votes counted.

    That is more than either the LNP or Greens at this stage.

  3. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-28/queensland-local-government-council-polling-booths-closed/12096172

    “Queensland Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen said while unofficial results started filtering in from 6:30pm, it could take days for winners to be declared.

    “We’re hopeful that within the next week depending on how close those results are, we can get the results declared,” he said.

    The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) will also have to wait until April 7 to receive all postal votes, which could cause even more delay in tight wards.

    On Saturday night, the ECQ will conduct an unofficial count of votes for the Brisbane Lord Mayor, councillor votes across all Brisbane wards and the indicative counts for the Bundamba and Currumbin state by-elections.

    From Sunday, the official count will begin.

    The ECQ will also start counting telephone votes, some pre-poll votes, postal votes and votes taken at Brisbane City Hall for other local government areas.”

  4. Do Queenslanders think these Council elections will reflect in any way the prospects for Anastacia Palacsjuk later in the year?

  5. The small Currumbin tally also has a high informal vote of 9.04%.
    I guess the move back to full preferential voting and an absence of how to vote cards, combined with people having other things to be concerned about have contributed to this.

  6. C@tmomma,

    I don’t think so, I guess that the next election will mainly be decided by how people think they have handled the Cov19 virus. response.

    Otherwise, I don’t see the LNP leader being see in a better light than our current premier.

    But I think the ALP has a problem in and around Townsville, where they are very susceptible to losing their seats to the Katter party next time.

  7. @Fargo 61,

    Townsville is an interesting case where most seats are 4 cornered contests (ALP,LNP,KAP,ONP) when ONP is doing well. I’m surprised Thuringowa hasn’t fallen to either KAP or ONP yet.


    Add Gold Coast Mayoral to that list. Just for the sheer interest from an article in the Independent Australia about him being quite the Joh character. And the key point about him creating a COV19 taskforce that didn’t have a single medical professional on it, just his mates. Seems QLD has more than it’s fair share of those flouting local government positions (giving Victoria a run for its money).

    And long time stalker, first post in years on here. Keep up the good work William!

  8. Player One-
    No sausages, no cakes.

    On the bright side, only one fight broke out anywhere, when two men started fighting when one of them objected to the other not keeping a far enough distance apart.

  9. Thank you, Fargo61.

    Speaking of Townsville, I met the Mayor last year and she seemed a no nonsense type but even though she was Labor to her bootstraps she stood as an Independent. I guess she had correctly read the lay of the land and knew that ‘Labor’ next to her name would be an immediate turn-off for some. Anyway, I hope she gets back in because she seemed like a very effective individual who loved her community.

  10. Politics_Obsessed –

    It probably helped the ALP that the non labor vote was so fractured and the preferences (from memory) sprayed all around.

    With three local members around NQ I would expect Katter party (all else being equal) to increase their vote at the expense of Hanson and LNP next time, and so have a better chance of winning more seats on preferences.

    They might be able to get six or so contiguous seats.

  11. @Fargo61

    Which would normally make these by-elections good for reading the mood, especially to see, as a recent article I read (can’t remember who by) talks about One Nation this time with their boom (2015-16) to their now partial bust. With Bundamba looking like a 2CP Labor v ONP, I still think there is some steam in the ONP ship for now.

    I’ve been tracking some regional seats in QLD over 2012,2015,2017 and seen a continual decline trend for LNP vote in most. Whether the ONP bubble bursts and continues to survive really is the unknown at the 2020 Election, but it’s reminiscent of Greens coming on the flanks of the ALP from inner city, ONP/KAP/NQ coming on the flanks of the LNP regionally makes it all the more interesting.

    I still think the LNP will hold Currumbin but it’ll be by how much is the question and if that affects Deb’s leadership or not.

  12. Just in case anyone is interested, Greg Dowling is an ex- Rugby league player who represented both QLD and Australia. He was famously involved in a fight with a Kiwi player in a test match that (from memory) ended up with both of them earning a ten minute rest.

  13. The ECQ webpages for the vote counts show that the voting was optional preferential, but I am sure it was not.

    But it looks like I was wrong, we only went back to full preferential for the state election, and the councils are still optional preferential. No wonder there is was apparent confusion in Bundamba.

  14. Fargo61 @ #28 Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – 8:35 pm

    Just in case anyone is interested, Greg Dowling is an ex- Rugby league player who represented both QLD and Australia. He was famously involved in a fight with a Kiwi player in a test match that (from memory) ended up with both of them earning a ten minute rest.

    Isn’t he Clive’s candidate? Well he was a forward and they aren’t noted for their beauty or brains.

  15. Its Time, he is just running as an independent, but I would not be very surprised if he is sympathetic to Pauline.
    Most, almost all of his tweets / messages are about reducing crime in Townsville (which is a problem, but I don’t see any actual suggestions to improve things).


  16. Fargo61 @ #33 Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – 9:47 pm

    Its Time, he is just running as an independent, but I would not be very surprised if he is sympathetic to Pauline.
    Most, almost all of his tweets / messages are about reducing crime in Townsville (which is a problem, but I don’t see any actual suggestions to improve things).


    Courier Mail has an article inline about Clive donating $625K to a candidate to unseat a sitting NQ mayor. I’m not a subscriber so can’t read past the headline. However Glen Lazarus was a Palmer boy so this may be a sequel.

  17. There does seem to be some early evidence of the Greens Party doing very well in Brisbane. I think this can ne ome of two things

    1. The Greens Party is actually doing very well

    2. Greens Party voters were more likely to vote on election day than not, given their younger demographic and the more laissez faire attitude that younger people have demonstrated about the pandemic.

    We’ll need to see prepoll results to know for sure.

    One thing is certain, is that Sri will be reelected. And he will project that win to the entire Australian electorate, pronouncing that his particular Socialist Alternative faction of the Greens have the right of it and that is he is the vanguard of our Trot future.

  18. So a bunch of data just appeared on the ECQ site. Labor has moved into second in the Gabba, but barely. This would mean Sri would be elected on Liberal preferences or exhaustion.

    On the current numbers the Greens Party would be a certainty in Paddington and very promising in Central, Coorparoo and Walter Taylor. Labor looking good in Runcorn, Northgate, Calamvale and Bracken Ridge.

    Obviously these very eaely results can change substanitally, and probably will. But they point to a bad night for the Liberals but also a massive swing aginst Labor in the inner city towards the Greens Party.

  19. Yes 3z with more data in now it is looking less comfortable for the libs than I thought if would be. Even Currumbin might be close although pre poll and postal usually swing blue disappointingly and libs may all be ok. I would be surprised though if Jonathan Sri doesn’t have some greens colleagues on the council with Paddington looking very likely for Donna Burns.

  20. Running a candidate in Bundamba was a terrible error for Frecklington. One of the seven seats Labor held in 2012, the LNP would always do terribly. But to be utterly trounced by One Nation for second place is a disaster.

    Mander is surely sharpening his knives.

  21. The BCC results are going to change a lot from where they are now. In the end I think this is going to be a pretty ordinary result for the ALP. The swing to Condren may end up being only 2 or 3 points.

  22. Hi William,
    Re your Bundamba overview, you have a typo (- “Presumably most of the One Nation vote will exhaust” should be “Presumably most of the should be LNP vote will exhaust”.

    C@tmomma – in Townsville mayor count there is 51,191 votes counted or 39.81% of roll, and Mayor Jenny Hill has 49.57%, so looks like an easy winner there.

    It’s Time & Watson Watch – Yep, you are right, Greg Dowling does have that Clive Palmer connection. I would have acknowledged that last night, but I fell asleep, which made it difficult.

  23. “Running a candidate in Bundamba was a terrible error for Frecklington. One of the seven seats Labor held in 2012, the LNP would always do terribly. But to be utterly trounced by One Nation for second place is a disaster.

    Mander is surely sharpening his knives.”

    Yeah LNP contesting Bundamba was a head scratcher and they may have caused Labor more headaces by not contesting and letting the Non-Labor vote consolidate behind One-Nation. By saying that I still expect Labor to win Bundamba no matter what the opposing canidate scenarios were.

    Tim Mander is not who Deb Frecklington has to worry about but Shadow environment minister David Crisafulli. It’s been reported in several media outlets if the LNP fail to win Currumbin Crisafulli may challenge.

  24. Queenslanders, going by the PHON vote in Bundamba, will live in interesting times if Labor retains State government and PHON becomes the official Opposition!

  25. Stating that One Nation is going to achieve Official Opposition status due to a by-election result in Bundamba is like saying that the Greens are going to achieve government due to their results in the BCC election.

  26. Antony Green on twitter re Qld elections

    Pre-poll voting opens the gap between LNP and Labor on first preferences in Currumbin. LNP now probably just ahead with 67.9% counted.

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