Division of Gilmore
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Area||6,342 km2 (2,448.7 sq mi)|
The division is located in the Shoalhaven and the southern Illawarra regions. It covers the entirety of the Kiama and Shoalhaven local government areas and the northern parts of the Eurobodalla. The most northerly part of the electorate is Minnamurra and the southerly Point is just south of Moruya. The western boundary includes much of the, Budawang and Morton National Parks.
Gilmore was created in 1984 when the House of Representatives was expanded in 1984. The seat was first held by the National Party’s John Sharp until 1993. The seat originally included the areas of Goulburn and Southern Highlands but following a redistribution the seat moved towards the south coast line along the current boundaries. Sharp then moved to the nearby seat of Hume. Sharp served in the first Howard cabinet until he resigned over the travel rorts affair in 1997.
The seat was won by the ALP’s Peter Knott in 1993, and he was defeated by Joanna Gash of the Liberal Party in 1996. The seat was considered marginal after the 1996 and 1998 elections, but a large swing in 2001 saw Gash hold the seat by a much larger margin. This was cut back to a margin of about 4% in 2007.
Gilmore’s boundaries were redrawn before the 2010 election, making the seat a notional Labor seat. Gash gained a 5.7% swing.
Gash announced her impending retirement in 2012, and was elected as the directly-elected Mayor of Shoalhaven.
In 2013, Gash was succeeded by Liberal candidate Ann Sudmalis, who won despite a 2.7% swing to Labor. Sudmalis suffered a further 3% swing in 2016, but narrowly won a second term by only 1,503 votes on a TPP.
|Christian Democrats||Steve Ryan||5,160||5.00||+2.16|
|Total formal votes||103,169||95.87||+1.08|