Electoral district of Newcastle

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This article is about the New South Wales state electorate. For the Australian federal electorate, see Division of Newcastle. For the abolished South Australian electorate, see Electoral district of Newcastle (South Australia).

Newcastle is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales named after and including Newcastle. It was represented by Tim Owen of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Newcastle was created in 1859 from part of North Eastern Boroughs. It gained a second member in 1880 and a third member in 1889. With the abolition of multi-member electorates in 1894, it was divided into Newcastle East, Newcastle West, Kahibah, Waratah and Wickham. Newcastle East and Newcastle West were abolished in 1904, with the reduction in the size of Parliament and Newcastle was recreated. With the introduction of proportional representation in 1920, it absorbed Kahibah, Wallsend and Wickham and elected five members. With the end of proportional representation in 1927, Newcastle was split into the single-member electorates of Newcastle, Hamilton, Kahibah and Wallsend. It has since been usually held by the Australian Labor Party

In early 2007, sitting member Bryce Gaudry failed to gain the preselection from the Labor Party, which instead chose a former local newsreader, Jodi McKay. Gaudry opted to stand as an independent and as a consequence split the Labor Party's vote. Independent former Lord Mayor of Newcastle John Tate came close to winning the seat after preferences but McKay managed to hold on. Labor's previous margin of over 15% had been slashed to as little as 1.4%, making it one of Labor's most marginal seats.

At the New South Wales state election, 2011, the Liberals' Tim Owen defeated incumbent and one-term member as well as minister Jodi McKay and popular Independent John Tate, marking the first time in history the Liberals had won Newcastle, and made gains in what was previously Labor heartland.

Owen became an independent and moved to the crossbench on 6 August 2014 after accusations at ICAC.[1] He resigned from parliament on 12 August 2014 after evidence of corruption was uncovered.[2] A 2014 Newcastle by-election will be held.

Members for Newcastle[edit]

First incarnation (1859—1880, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Arthur Hodgson None 1859–1860
  James Hannell None 1860–1869
  George Lloyd None 1869–1877
  Richard Bowker None 1877–1880
(1880—1889, 2 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James Fletcher None 1880–1887   George Lloyd None 1880–1882
  James Ellis None 1882–1885
  George Lloyd None 1885–1887
  Protectionist 1887–1889   James Ellis Free Trade 1887–1889
(1889—1894, 3 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James Fletcher Protectionist 1889–1891   Alexander Brown Protectionist 1889–1891   William Grahame Protectionist 1889–1889
  James Curley Free Trade 1889–1891
  David Scott Labor 1891–1894   John Fegan Labor 1891–1894   William Grahame Protectionist 1891–1894
Second incarnation (1904—1920, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  William Dick Liberal Reform 1904–1907
  Owen Gilbert Liberal Reform 1907–1910
  Arthur Gardiner Labor 1910–1917
  Independent Labor 1917–1920
(1920—1927, 5 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Arthur Gardiner Independent 1920–1922   John Estell Labor 1920–1922   John Fegan Nationalist 1920–1922   William Kearsley Labor 1920–1921   Hugh Connell Labor 1920–1927
    David Murray Labor 1921–1927
  Walter Skelton Independent 1922–1925   Jack Baddeley Labor 1922–1927   Magnus Cromarty Nationalist 1922–1925
  Protestant Labor 1925–1927   George Booth Labor 1925–1927
(1927—present, 1 member)
Member Party Term
  Peter Connolly Labor 1927–1935
  Frank Hawkins Labor 1935–1968
  Arthur Wade Labor 1968–1988
  George Keegan Independent 1988–1991
  Bryce Gaudry Labor 1991–2007
  Independent 2007–2007
  Jodi McKay Labor 2007–2011
  Tim Owen Liberal 2011–2014
  Independent 2014–2014

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2011: Newcastle[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Tim Owen 16,072 36.7 +26.9
Labor Jodi McKay 13,417 30.6 -0.6
Greens John Sutton 6,510 14.9 +3.6
Independent John Tate 5,067 11.6 -12.5
Independent Rod Noble 1,372 3.1 +3.1
Socialist Alliance Zane Alcorn 700 1.6 +1.6
Christian Democrats Milton Caine 496 1.1 -0.1
Noel Holt 189 0.4 +0.2
Total formal votes 43,823 97.2 -0.4
Informal votes 1,264 2.8 +0.4
Turnout 45,087 92.4 +1.4
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Tim Owen 19,337 52.6 +52.6
Labor Jodi McKay 17,459 47.4 -3.8
Liberal gain from Labor Swing N/A


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