Division of Newcastle

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Newcastle 2010.png
Division of Newcastle (green) in New South Wales
Created 1901
MP Sharon Claydon
Party Labor
Namesake Newcastle, New South Wales
Electors 97,385 (2013)[1]
Area 354 km2 (136.7 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Newcastle is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. The division was named after the city of Newcastle, around which the division is centred.

The current Member for the Division of Newcastle, since the 2013 federal election, is Sharon Claydon, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


It has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence. Historically, it been one of that party's safest non-metropolitan seats; the Hunter Region is one of the few country regions where Labor consistently does well. Labor has never tallied less than 58 percent of the two-party preferred vote in a general election, and has only come close to losing it once, when it tallied 53 percent in a 1935 by-election. It is the only original division to be held by just one party since the first federal election.

The Division of Newcastle has had just six members since 1901, the fewest of any of the original divisions. From 1901 to 1958, the seat was held by the Watkins family, with son David Oliver taking over from father David in 1935. Allan Morris' brother Peter Morris was also a Member of the House, holding the Division of Shortland, which lies immediately to the south. Charles Jones' brother Sam was the member for Waratah in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for much of the time that he was the member. The electoral district of Waratah lay within the boundaries of the Division of Newcastle.


Member Party Term
  David Watkins Labor 1901–1935
  David Oliver Watkins Labor 1935–1958
  Charles Jones Labor 1958–1983
  Allan Morris Labor 1983–2001
  Sharon Grierson Labor 2001–2013
  Sharon Claydon Labor 2013–2015

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Newcastle[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Sharon Claydon 37,391 43.73 −4.16
Liberal Jaimie Abbott 29,632 34.66 +3.33
Greens Michael Osborne 10,258 12.00 −3.47
Palmer United Yegon McLellan 3,518 4.11 +4.11
Christian Democrats Milton Caine 1,091 1.28 −0.52
Independent Susanna Scurry 1,026 1.20 +1.20
Australia First Michael Chehoff 922 1.08 +1.08
Independent Rod Holding 674 0.79 +0.79
Socialist Alliance Zane Alcorn 616 0.72 −0.29
Aust. Independents Lawrence Higgins 367 0.43 +0.43
Total formal votes 85,495 93.80 −0.51
Informal votes 5,653 6.20 +0.51
Turnout 91,148 93.60 0.00
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Sharon Claydon 50,298 58.83 −3.66
Liberal Jaimie Abbott 35,197 41.17 +3.66
Labor hold Swing −3.66


  1. ^ a b "NSW Division - Newcastle, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°50′28″S 151°45′11″E / 32.841°S 151.753°E / -32.841; 151.753