Electoral district of Charlestown

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1971–present
MP Jodie Harrison
Party Australian Labor Party
Area 66.18 km2 (25.6 sq mi)

Charlestown is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It has been represented by Jodie Harrison of the Australian Labor Party since the Charlestown by-election on 25 October 2014.

It includes part of the City of Lake Macquarie (including Charlestown, Kahibah, Whitebridge, Dudley, Gateshead, Mount Hutton, Windale, Kotara South, Cardiff, Hillsborough, Warners Bay, Eleebana and Tingira Heights) and a small part of the City of Newcastle (including Adamstown and Kotara).[1]


The seat was created in 1971 and was held continuously by Labor until the 2011 election, when it was won by Andrew Cornwell of the Liberal Party. Cronwell became an independent and moved to the crossbench on 6 August 2014 after accusations at ICAC.[2] He resigned from parliament on 12 August 2014 after evidence of corruption was uncovered.[3] Jodie Harrison won the subsequent by-election.

Members for Charlestown[edit]

Member Party Period
  Jack Stewart Labor 1971–1972
  Richard Face Labor 1972–2003
  Matthew Morris Labor 2003–2011
  Andrew Cornwell Liberal 2011–2014
  Independent 2014–2014
  Jodie Harrison Labor 2014–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Charlestown[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jodie Harrison 23,584 48.2 -1.1
Liberal Jason Pauling 14,821 30.3 −12.7
Greens Jane Oakley 5,378 11.0 -3.2
Independent Luke Arms 2,830 5.8 -6.4
Christian Democrats Brian Tucker 1,054 2.2 −2.4
Independent Arjay Martin 712 1.5 0
No Land Tax Tania Morvillo 544 1.1 +1.1
Total formal votes 48,923 96.1 −0.0
Informal votes 2,001 3.9 -3.5
Turnout 50,924 92.9 +7.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jodie Harrison 26,976 62.9 +22.1
Liberal Jason Pauling 15,912 37.1 −22.1
Labor hold Swing +22.1