Division of Newcastle
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Area||171 km2 (66.0 sq mi)|
The Division of Newcastle is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first federal election. The division was named after the city of Newcastle, around which the division is centred.
It has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence. Historically, it has been one of that party's safest non-metropolitan seats; the Hunter Region is one of the few country regions where Labor consistently does well. Labor has never tallied less than 58 percent of the two-party preferred vote in a general election, and has only come close to losing it once, when it tallied 53 percent in a 1935 by-election. It is the only original division to be held by just one party since the first federal election.
The Division of Newcastle has had just six members since 1901, the equal fewest (with Melbourne Ports) of any of the original divisions. From 1901 to 1958, the seat was held by the Watkins family. The seat's first member, David Watkins, held the seat until his death in 1935. The ensuing by-election was won by his son, David Oliver. Allan Morris' brother Peter Morris was also a Member of the House, holding the Division of Shortland, which lies immediately to the south. Charles Jones' brother Sam was the member for Waratah in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for much of the time that he was the member. The electoral district of Waratah lay within the boundaries of the Division of Newcastle.
|David Oliver Watkins||Labor||1935–1958|
|Drug Law Reform||Karen Burge||3,391||3.42||+3.42|
|Christian Democrats||Milton Caine||2,132||2.15||+0.43|
|Democratic Labour||Stuart Southwell||968||0.98||+0.98|
|Total formal votes||99,235||95.26||+1.56|
- Newcastle, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.