Division of Shortland
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Shortland (green) in New South Wales
|Area||205 km2 (79.2 sq mi)|
The Division of Shortland is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after Lt John Shortland, an early explorer of the Hunter Region, and was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election.
The division closely follows the west coast of the Tasman Sea, on average extending only 5 or 10 kilometres (3.1 or 6.2 mi) inland. Much of the western boundary is formed by Lake Macquarie. The division stretches from Charlestown in the north to Norah Head in the south, and also includes the towns of Toukley, Doyalson, Swansea, Belmont and Gateshead.
The seat has been held by Labor for its entire existence, and for most of that time has been fairly safe for that party. The Hunter Region is one of the few country areas where Labor consistently does well, and Shortland is no exception; Labor has never tallied less than 57 per cent of the two-party vote.
|Australian federal election, 2013: Shortland|
|Palmer United||Phil Baldwin||5,341||6.21||+6.21|
|Christian Democrats||Andrew Weatherstone||1,081||1.26||+1.26|
|Total formal votes||86,044||93.99||+0.33|