Division of Dobell
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Dobell (green) in New South Wales
|Namesake||Sir William Dobell|
|Area||775 km2 (299.2 sq mi)|
The division is located in the Central Coast region and includes the towns of The Entrance, Tuggerah and Wyong. The electorate stretches from Blue Haven in the north to Wyoming in the south, from The Entrance in the East through the Jilliby Valley. The division includes the suburbs Bateau Bay, Berkeley Vale, Blue Haven, The Entrance, Gorokan, Jilliby, Ourimbah, Toukley, Tuggerah, Tumbi Umbi, Wamberal, Wyoming, Wyong.
Dobell was originally a fairly safe seat for the Australian Labor Party but successive redistributions reduced the Labor margin and the seat was ultimately won by the Liberal Party in the 2001 election. The Liberals consolidated their hold on the seat at the 2004 election; however Labor regained the seat at the 2007 election when Craig Thomson defeated Ken Ticehurst.
Its most prominent members have been Michael Lee, a former minister in the Keating government and later Councillor for the City of Sydney, who held the seat for Labor between 1984 and 2001; and Craig Thomson. Thomson, a former union official, was elected to represent Labor in 2007 and gained notoriety when, as part of the Health Services Union expenses affair, it was alleged there was improper use of Thomson's union-issued corporate credit card. Thomson was arrested on 31 January 2013 and was charged with 173 offences of alleged fraud and theft relating to his time at the Health Services Union. NSW Police carried out the arrest warrant on the request of the Victoria Police. Thomson denied the allegations, and said that he would be "vigorously defending these charges." Thomson was granted bail and the matter is presently before the Melbourne Magistrates Court. In April 2012, Thomson sought suspension from the Labor Party and sat on the crossbench as an independent member of the House of Representatives.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Dobell|
|Palmer United||Kate McGill||2,920||3.39||+3.39|
|Christian Democrats||Hadden Ervin||1,250||1.45||−0.97|
|Bullet Train||Christian Kunde||622||0.72||+0.72|
|Total formal votes||86,140||92.49||−1.45|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+5.75|
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- "Embattled Thomson suspended from Labor Party". ABC News. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012 (updated).