Electoral district of Gosford

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Gosford
New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1950–present
MP Liesl Tesch
Party Labor
Area 867.15 km2 (334.8 sq mi)

Gosford is an electoral district of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in Australia. The electorate covers the western parts of the City of Gosford, including central Gosford and Woy Woy.[1]

It is represented by Liesl Tesch of the Australian Labor Party, elected at the 2017 by-election.

The electorate was created in 1950. Most of the current electorate was part of Peats from 1973 to 2007.

Demographics[edit]

The percentage of people in Gosford who were born overseas is 15% which is slightly lower than the national average at 22.2% and the percentage of people who have Australian citizenship is only slightly higher than the national average of 86.1% at 88.4%. As for languages spoken at home English only was the most common language spoken by 90.4% of the population which is substantially higher than national average at 78.5%. Italian was second with 0.4%, while no other language was spoken by more than 0.3% of the total population. Anglicanism was the most common religion at 28.2%, followed by Catholicism at 26.6%, No Religion with 14.9% and Uniting Church at 5.6%. Median incomes for the population aged 15 years and over was only slightly lower in both weekly individual income and weekly household income but slightly higher in the weekly family income category.[2]

Members for Gosford[edit]

Member Party Period
  Harold Jackson Liberal 1950–1965
  Ted Humphries Liberal 1965–1971
  Keith O'Connell Labor 1971–1973
  Malcolm Brooks Liberal 1973–1976
  Brian McGowan Labor 1976–1988
  Chris Hartcher Liberal 1988–2007
  Marie Andrews Labor 2007–2011
  Chris Holstein Liberal 2011–2015
  Kathy Smith Labor 2015–2017
  Liesl Tesch Labor 2017–present

Election results[edit]

Gosford state by-election, 2017[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Liesl Tesch 22,931 49.5 +10.9
Liberal Jilly Pilon 14,208 30.7 −11.9
Greens Abigail Boyd 3,454 7.5 −1.5
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Larry Freeman 2,378 5.1 +5.1
Animal Justice Skyla Wagstaff 1,841 4.0 +4.0
Christian Democrats Andrew Church 1,475 3.2 +0.9
Total formal votes 46,287 97.3 +0.5
Informal votes 1,285 2.7 −0.5
Turnout 47,572 85.0 −5.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Liesl Tesch 26,440 62.5 +12.3
Liberal Jilly Pilon 15,853 37.5 −12.3
Labor hold Swing +12.3
New South Wales state election, 2015: Gosford[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Chris Holstein 20,535 42.5 −7.6
Labor Kathy Smith 18,654 38.7 +11.0
Greens Kate Da Costa 4,346 9.0 −2.9
Independent Jake Cassar 2,698 5.6 +5.6
Christian Democrats Andrew Church 1,091 2.3 −1.2
No Land Tax Matthew Maroney 938 1.9 +1.9
Total formal votes 48,262 96.8 +0.9
Informal votes 1,573 3.2 −0.9
Turnout 49,835 90.6 −0.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Kathy Smith 22,029 50.2 +12.2
Liberal Chris Holstein 21,826 49.8 −12.2
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +12.2

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