Division of Shortland

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Shortland 2010.png
Division of Shortland (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Jill Hall
Party Labor
Namesake John Shortland
Electors 96,932 (2013)[1]
Area 205 km2 (79.2 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

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 current Member for Shortland, since the 1998 federal election, is Jill Hall, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

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.


Member Party Term
  Charles Griffiths Labor 1949–1972
  Peter Morris Labor 1972–1998
  Jill Hall Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Shortland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Jill Hall 41,892 48.69 −5.05
Liberal John Church 32,532 37.81 +4.65
Palmer United Phil Baldwin 5,341 6.21 +6.21
Greens Jane Oakley 5,198 6.04 −4.29
Christian Democrats Andrew Weatherstone 1,081 1.26 +1.26
Total formal votes 86,044 93.99 +0.33
Informal votes 5,498 6.01 −0.33
Turnout 91,542 94.44 −0.42
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jill Hall 49,230 57.21 −5.64
Liberal John Church 36,814 42.79 +5.64
Labor hold Swing −5.64


  1. ^ a b "NSW Division - Shortland". Virtual Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°06′43″S 151°37′01″E / 33.112°S 151.617°E / -33.112; 151.617