Division of Charlton

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Charlton 2010.png
Division of Charlton (green) in New South Wales
Created 1984
MP Pat Conroy
Party Labor
Namesake Matthew Charlton
Electors 98,534 (2013)[1]
Area 688 km2 (265.6 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Charlton is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Matthew Charlton, who was Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1922-28.

The division is located in the Hunter region of New South Wales, including the coal-mining towns of Cardiff and Wallsend as well as Toronto, Morisset, Cooranbong, Glendale and Warners Bay.

The current Member for Charlton, since the 2013 federal election, is Pat Conroy, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Since its inception, it has been a safe seat for Labor. The Hunter Region is one of the few country areas where Labor has consistently done well.

The most prominent members have been Bob Brown, a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments, and Greg Combet, a former secretary of the ACTU from 2000 to 2007, and a minister in the Gillard and Rudd governments.

During the 2013 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party of Australia endorsed Kevin Baker as their candidate for the division.[2] However, Baker was forced to end his campaign on 21 August 2013 due to controversy over inappropriate content on a car enthusiasts' website that he hosted. The Australian Electoral Commission had closed candidate nominations by the time Baker abandoned his campaign. The Liberals did not field a replacement candidate in the election. Although Baker was no longer the Liberal candidate, his name stayed listed as such in ballot papers as they had already been printed at the time of Baker's resignation from the campaign;[3] and in excess of 24,500 electors gave him their first preference vote.[1]


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

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Charlton[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Pat Conroy 40,125 46.44 −6.71
Liberal Kevin Baker 24,646 28.53 −2.18
Palmer United Bronwyn Reid 9,412 10.89 +10.89
Greens Dessie Kocher 5,820 6.74 −2.09
Christian Democrats Steve Camilleri 2,671 3.09 +0.27
One Nation Brian Burston 2,266 2.62 +2.62
Bullet Train Trevor Anthoney 1,460 1.69 +1.69
Total formal votes 86,400 92.89 −0.19
Informal votes 6,618 7.11 +0.19
Turnout 93,018 94.40 −0.08
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Pat Conroy 51,173 59.23 −3.44
Liberal Kevin Baker 35,227 40.77 +3.44
Labor hold Swing −3.44


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