Division of Robertson

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Robertson 2010.png
Division of Robertson (green) in New South Wales
Created (proclaimed 1900), contested (1901)
MP Lucy Wicks
Party Liberal
Namesake John Robertson
Electors 100,820 (2013)[1]
Area 978 km2 (377.6 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Robertson 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 Sir John Robertson, the fifth Premier of New South Wales.

In 1901 Robertson was a rural western electorate encompassing the area around Dubbo, Mudgee and Wellington. It moved eastward to take in Gosford in 1913, and since then it has been moved eastward in successive redistributions. By 1969, it had moved to approximately its current position on the Central Coast, immediately north of the Hawkesbury River, and now includes none of its former territory. It encompasses the towns of Woy Woy, Gosford and Terrigal.

In recent years, Robertson has been a bellwether electorate in federal elections, taking on a character similar to mortgage belt seats on Sydney's outer fringe. The seat has a perfect record of voting for the party winning government since the 1983 federal election. The current Member for Robertson, since the 2013 federal election, is Lucy Wicks, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.


Member Party Term
  Henry Willis Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1901–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  William Johnson Labour 1910–1913
  William Fleming Commonwealth Liberal 1913–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1921
  Country 1921–1922
  Sydney Gardner Nationalist 1922–1931
  United Australia 1931–1940
  Eric Spooner United Australia 1940–1943
  Thomas Williams Labor 1943–1949
  Roger Dean Liberal 1949–1964
  William Bridges-Maxwell Liberal 1964–1969
  Barry Cohen Labor 1969–1990
  Frank Walker Labor 1990–1996
  Jim Lloyd Liberal 1996–2007
  Belinda Neal Labor 2007–2010
  Deborah O'Neill Labor 2010–2013
  Lucy Wicks Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Robertson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lucy Wicks 38,704 43.42 −0.11
Labor Deborah O'Neill 31,046 34.83 −4.93
Independent Lawrie McKinna 7,763 8.71 +8.71
Greens Kate Da Costa 4,966 5.57 −3.42
Independent Jake Cassar 2,480 2.78 +1.52
Palmer United Steve Whitaker 2,082 2.34 +2.34
Christian Democrats Holly Beecham 1,115 1.25 −0.56
Aust. Independents Douglas McFarland 510 0.57 +0.57
Democratic Labour Paul Sheeran 474 0.53 +0.53
Total formal votes 89,140 94.09 +0.45
Informal votes 5,604 5.91 −0.45
Turnout 94,744 93.97 −0.39
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Lucy Wicks 47,242 53.00 +4.00
Labor Deborah O'Neill 41,898 47.00 −4.00
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +4.00


  1. ^ a b "NSW Division - Robertson, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°22′55″S 151°12′47″E / 33.382°S 151.213°E / -33.382; 151.213