Division of Robertson
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Robertson (green) in New South Wales
|Created||(proclaimed 1900), contested (1901)|
|Area||978 km2 (377.6 sq mi)|
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.
|Henry Willis||Free Trade, Anti-Socialist||1901–1909|
|William Fleming||Commonwealth Liberal||1913–1917|
|Eric Spooner||United Australia||1940–1943|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Robertson|
|Greens||Kate Da Costa||4,966||5.57||−3.42|
|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|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+4.00|