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.
MPPat Conroy
NamesakeJohn Shortland
Electors114,194 (2019)
Area265 km2 (102.3 sq mi)

The Division of Shortland is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.


John Shortland, the division's namesake

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. Shortland covers an area from Highfields, Cardiff and Boolaroo in the north to Budgewoi and San Remo in the south.

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 since its creation; like most seats in the Hunter Region, it has usually been reasonably safe for that party. The Hunter is one of the few non-metropolitan regions where Labor usually does well.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Charles Griffiths.jpg Charles Griffiths
Labor 10 December 1949
2 November 1972
  No image.svg Peter Morris
Labor 2 December 1972
31 August 1998
Served as minister under Hawke. Retired
  No image.svg Jill Hall
Labor 3 October 1998
9 May 2016
Previously held the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Swansea. Retired
  Pat Conroy 2016.jpg Pat Conroy
Labor 2 July 2016
Previously held the Division of Charlton. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Shortland[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Pat Conroy 41,126 41.13 −10.04
Liberal Nell McGill 37,363 37.37 +2.17
Greens Wylie Campbell 8,256 8.26 −1.20
United Australia Dani Rifai 4,532 4.53 +4.53
Animal Justice Bryan McGrath 3,596 3.60 +3.60
Sustainable Australia Susan Newbury 3,097 3.10 +3.10
Christian Democrats Xing Yu 2,010 2.01 −2.15
Total formal votes 99,980 93.59 −1.70
Informal votes 6,847 6.41 +1.70
Turnout 106,827 93.66 +0.21
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Pat Conroy 54,437 54.45 −5.49
Liberal Nell McGill 45,543 45.55 +5.49
Labor hold Swing −5.49


  1. ^ Shortland, NSW, Tally Room 2019, 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