Division of Whitlam

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of WHITLAM 2016.png
Division of Whitlam in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPStephen Jones
PartyAustralian Labor Party
NamesakeGough Whitlam
Electors118,815 (2019)
Area1,331 km2 (513.9 sq mi)

The Division of Whitlam is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division, previously named Throsby, was renamed in honour of Gough Whitlam, the Prime Minister of Australia from 1972–75, in a February 2016 electoral distribution.[1] It came into effect from 2 July 2016, the date of the Australian federal election, 2016.

ABC election analyst Antony Green estimated that boundary changes to Throsby would reduce the Australian Labor Party's notional two-party-preferred margin from 7.8 to 6.9 percentage points.[2] Despite this, the last member for Throsby, Stephen Jones, easily retained the seat with a healthy swing of over six percent.

Like its predecessor, Whitlam has a strong working-class character due to the presence of industries such as steelmaking, coal mining and stevedoring. The Illawarra is one of the few non-metropolitan regions where Labor consistently does well.


Member Party Term
  Stephen Jones Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Whitlam[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stephen Jones 47,185 49.20 −3.56
National Stephen Wentworth 24,665 25.72 +19.28
Greens Jamie Dixon 8,401 8.76 +0.47
United Australia Angelo Cuda 8,358 8.71 +8.71
Christian Democrats Frank Nero 3,919 4.09 −0.02
Sustainable Australia Ken Davis 3,382 3.53 +3.53
Total formal votes 95,910 94.88 −1.83
Informal votes 7,487 7.41 +1.83
Turnout 101,089 85.08 −7.80
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Jones 58,165 60.65 +60.65
National Stephen Wentworth 37,745 39.35 +39.35

Results are not final. Last updated 7:00pm AEST on 23 May 2019.


  1. ^ "Federal seat of Throsby to become Whitlam". ABC News. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "2015–16 New South Wales Federal Redistribution". ABC News. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. ^ Whitlam, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 34°32′02″S 150°33′07″E / 34.534°S 150.552°E / -34.534; 150.552