Division of Shortland

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of SHORTLAND 2016.png
Division of Shortland in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Pat Conroy
Party Labor
Namesake John Shortland
Electors 110,159 (2016)
Area 265 km2 (102.3 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Shortland is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after Lt John Shortland, an early explorer of the Hunter Region, and was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election.

The division closely follows the west coast of the Tasman Sea, on average extending only 5 or 10 kilometres (3.1 or 6.2 mi) inland. Much of the western boundary is formed by Lake Macquarie. The division stretches from Charlestown in the north to Norah Head in the south, and also includes the towns of Toukley, Doyalson, Swansea, Belmont and Gateshead.

The current Member for Shortland, since the 2016 federal election, is Pat Conroy, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

The seat has been held by Labor for its entire existence, and for most of that time has been fairly safe for that party. The Hunter Region is one of the few country areas where Labor consistently does well, and Shortland is no exception; Labor has never tallied less than 57 per cent of the two-party vote.


Member Party Term
  Charles Griffiths Labor 1949–1972
  Peter Morris Labor 1972–1998
  Jill Hall Labor 1998–2016
  Pat Conroy Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Shortland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Pat Conroy 50,164 51.17 +3.00
Liberal Jenny Barrie 34,514 35.20 −1.30
Greens Ivan Macfadyen 9,279 9.46 +3.14
Christian Democrats Morgan Cox 4,081 4.16 +2.59
Total formal votes 98,038 95.29 +1.58
Informal votes 4,845 4.71 −1.58
Turnout 102,883 93.40 −2.78
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Pat Conroy 58,761 59.94 +2.54
Liberal Jenny Barrie 39,277 40.06 −2.54
Labor hold Swing +2.54


  1. ^ Shortland, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°06′43″S 151°37′01″E / 33.112°S 151.617°E / -33.112; 151.617