Division of Charlton

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Charlton
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Charlton 2010.png
Division of Charlton (green) in New South Wales
Created1984
MPPat Conroy
PartyLabor
NamesakeMatthew Charlton
Electors94,474 (2010)
Area688 km2 (265.6 sq mi)
DemographicProvincial
Matthew Charlton

The Division of Charlton is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. It was created in 1984 and is named for Matthew Charlton, leader of the Australian Labor Party 1922-28.[1] It covers the Hunter Region area of New South Wales. It includes the towns of Cardiff, Wallsend, Toronto, Morisset, Cooranbong, Glendale and Warners Bay.[1]

In October 2015 the Australian Electoral Commission said the division would be renamed at the next election. Because of population changes New South Wales loses one division, and a new one will be created in Western Australia. To abolish a seat, the boundaries in New South Wales will have to be redrawn. The Division of Hunter will be abolished. Under the AEC rules, the names of original 1901 divisions are kept where possible. This means the area now covered by Charlton, will be included in a new division, renamed Hunter.[2][3]

Members[change | change source]

Member Party Term
  Bob Brown Labor 1984–1998
  Kelly Hoare Labor 1998–2007
  Greg Combet Labor 2007–2013 (retired)
  Pat Conroy Labor 2013–present

Greg Combet had been Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). He was Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in the Gillard Government. In the 2013 election, the Liberal Party candidate, Kevin Baker, resigned after being involved with an offensive website.[4] This happened after nominations closed, so the Liberal Party could not select a new candidate and Baker's name was still on the ballot papers.[4]

Election results[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Profile of the electoral division of Charlton (NSW)". Australian Electoral Commission. 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  2. Australian Electoral Commission to abolish Federal NSW seat of Hunter: ABC 16 October 2015
  3. Draft federal redistribution of New South Wales: Poll Bludger
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hurst, Daniel (20 August 2013). "Liberal candidate Kevin Baker stands down over offensive website". smh.com.au. Retrieved 21 August 2013.

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Coordinates: 33°02′13″S 151°31′30″E / 33.037°S 151.525°E / -33.037; 151.525