Division of Charlton
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Charlton (green) in New South Wales
|Area||688 km2 (265.6 sq mi)|
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.
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 member has been Greg Combet, a former secretary of the ACTU from 2000 to 2007, and a minister in the Gillard and Rudd governments, who held the seat for Labor between 2007 and 2013.
During the 2013 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party of Australia endorsed Kevin Baker as their candidate for the division. 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 candidate in the election. Although Baker was not 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; and in excess of 24,500 electors gave him their first preference vote.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Charlton|
|Palmer United||Bronwyn Reid||9,412||10.89||+10.89|
|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|
- "Charlton, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- "Libs announce candidate for seat of Charlton". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 4 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Liberal candidate Kevin Baker quits race for Charlton over lewd website". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 20 August 2013.