Division of Charlton

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Charlton 2010.png
Division of Charlton (green) in New South Wales
Created 1984
Abolished 2016
Namesake Matthew Charlton
Area 688 km2 (265.6 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Charlton was an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Matthew Charlton, who was Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1922–28.

The division was located in the Hunter region of New South Wales, including the coal-mining towns of Cardiff and Wallsend as well as Toronto, Morisset, Cooranbong, Brightwaters, Windermere Park, Sunshine, Glendale and Warners Bay.

The last Member for Charlton, from the 2013 federal election, was Pat Conroy, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Under the original proposed redistribution for the next federal election, Charlton was set to be renamed Hunter. The current Division of Hunter would have been abolished, and the Australian Electoral Commission's guidelines for redistributions require it to preserve the names of original Federation electorates where possible.[1][2]

The final plan, however, saw Charlton abolished, with Hunter pushed slightly eastward to absorb much of Charlton's former territory.[3] Conroy will contest the neighbouring seat of Shortland.


Charlton was first created in 1984. Much of its territory came from the Division of Hunter, which Matthew Charlton held from 1910 to 1928. From its inception, it had been a safe seat for Labor. The Hunter Region is one of the few areas outside capital cities where Labor has consistently done well.

The most prominent members were Bob Brown, a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments, and Greg Combet, a former secretary of the ACTU from 2000 to 2007, and a minister in the Gillard and Rudd governments.

During the 2013 federal election campaign, the Liberal Party of Australia endorsed Kevin Baker as their candidate for the division.[4] However, Baker was forced to end his campaign on 21 August 2013 due to controversy over inappropriate content on a car enthusiasts' website that he hosted. The Australian Electoral Commission had closed candidate nominations by the time Baker abandoned his campaign. The Liberals did not field a replacement candidate in the election. However, Baker was still listed on ballot papers as the Liberal candidate, as they had already been printed at the time of Baker's resignation from the campaign;[5] in excess of 24,500 electors gave him their first preference vote.[6]


Member Party Term
  Bob Brown Labor 1984–1998
  Kelly Hoare Labor 1998–2007
  Greg Combet Labor 2007–2013
  Pat Conroy Labor 2013–2016

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Coordinates: 33°02′13″S 151°31′30″E / 33.037°S 151.525°E / -33.037; 151.525