Division of Gilmore

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Gilmore
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of GILMORE 2016.png
Division of Gilmore in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1984
MP Ann Sudmalis
Party Liberal
Namesake Mary Gilmore
Electors 115,878 (2016)
Area 6,342 km2 (2,448.7 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Gilmore is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Dame Mary Gilmore, the poet and author.

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.

Towns and suburbs includes Batemans Bay, Berry, Bomaderry, Callala Bay, Culburra Beach, Gerringong, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Milton, Minnamurra, Nowra, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla and Moruya.

The current Member for Gilmore, since the 2013 federal election, is Ann Sudmalis, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.

History[edit]

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.[1]

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  John Sharp National 1984–1993
  Peter Knott Labor 1993–1996
  Joanna Gash Liberal 1996–2013
  Ann Sudmalis Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Gilmore[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ann Sudmalis 46,713 45.28 −2.15
Labor Fiona Phillips 40,476 39.23 +4.97
Greens Carmel McCallum 10,820 10.49 +1.43
Christian Democrats Steve Ryan 5,160 5.00 +2.16
Total formal votes 103,169 95.87 +1.08
Informal votes 4,442 4.13 −1.08
Turnout 107,611 92.87 −0.27
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Ann Sudmalis 52,336 50.73 −3.05
Labor Fiona Phillips 50,833 49.27 +3.05
Liberal hold Swing −3.05

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tallyroom.com.au/aus2019/gilmore2019
  2. ^ Gilmore, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°04′01″S 150°23′53″E / 35.067°S 150.398°E / -35.067; 150.398