Division of Dobell

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Dobell 2010.png
Division of Dobell (green) in New South Wales
Created 1984
MP Karen McNamara
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir William Dobell
Electors 99,265 (2013)[1]
Area 775 km2 (299.2 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Dobell is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Sir William Dobell, the painter.

The division is located in the Central Coast region and includes the towns of The Entrance, Tuggerah and Wyong. The electorate stretches from Blue Haven in the north to Wyoming in the south, from The Entrance in the East through the Jilliby Valley. The division includes the suburbs Bateau Bay, Berkeley Vale, Blue Haven, The Entrance, Gorokan, Jilliby, Ourimbah, Toukley, Tuggerah, Tumbi Umbi, Wamberal, Wyoming, Wyong.

The Member for Dobell, since the 2013 election, is Karen McNamara, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Dobell was originally a fairly safe seat for the Australian Labor Party, but grew increasingly marginal from 1996 onward. The seat was ultimately won by the Liberal Party in the 2001 election. The Liberals consolidated their hold on the seat at the 2004 election; however Labor regained the seat at the 2007 election when Craig Thomson defeated Ken Ticehurst.

Its most prominent members have been Michael Lee, a former minister in the Keating government and later Councillor for the City of Sydney, who held the seat for Labor between 1984 and 2001; and Craig Thomson.

Thomson, a former union official, was elected to represent Labor in 2007 and gained notoriety when, as part of the Health Services Union expenses affair, it was alleged there was improper use of Thomson's union-issued corporate credit card. In April 2012, Thomson sought suspension from the Labor Party and sat on the crossbench as an independent member of the House of Representatives.[2] Thomson stood as an independent candidate at the subsequent 2013 Federal Election and received 4% of the vote. After leaving parliament, Thompson was found guilty of fraud.[3]


Member Party Term
  Michael Lee Labor 1984–2001
  Ken Ticehurst Liberal 2001–2007
  Craig Thomson Labor 2007–2012
  Independent 2012–2013
  Karen McNamara Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Dobell[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Karen McNamara 35,617 41.35 +1.11
Labor Emma McBride 30,248 35.11 −11.16
Independent Nathan Bracken 7,090 8.23 +8.23
Greens Sue Wynn 4,238 4.92 −3.69
Independent Craig Thomson 3,444 4.00 +4.00
Palmer United Kate McGill 2,920 3.39 +3.39
Christian Democrats Hadden Ervin 1,250 1.45 −0.97
CEC Greg Owen 711 0.83 +0.83
Bullet Train Christian Kunde 622 0.72 +0.72
Total formal votes 86,140 92.49 −1.45
Informal votes 6,994 7.51 +1.45
Turnout 93,134 93.82 −0.20
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Karen McNamara 43,653 50.68 +5.75
Labor Emma McBride 42,487 49.32 −5.75
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +5.75


  1. ^ a b "Dobell, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Embattled Thomson suspended from Labor Party". ABC News. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012 (updated).  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Cooper, Adam (18 February 2014). "Craig Thomson found guilty of fraud, theft charges". Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°14′53″S 151°21′58″E / 33.248°S 151.366°E / -33.248; 151.366