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.


Gough Whitlam, the division's namesake

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 2016 Australian federal election.

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.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Stephen Jones MP July 2014.jpg Stephen Jones
Labor 2 July 2016
Previously held the Division of Throsby. Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Whitlam[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Stephen Jones 50,102 48.80 −3.96
National Stephen Wentworth 26,145 25.48 +19.04
Greens Jamie Dixon 9,461 9.22 +0.93
United Australia Angelo Cuda 9,071 8.84 +8.84
Christian Democrats Frank Nero 4,214 4.11 0.00
Sustainable Australia Ken Davis 3,678 3.58 +3.58
Total formal votes 102,671 92.75 −1.84
Informal votes 8,020 7.25 +1.84
Turnout 110,691 93.26 +0.38
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Jones 62,541 60.91 −2.81
National Stephen Wentworth 40,130 39.09 +39.09
Labor hold Swing N/A


  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