Noreen Hay, since 2003.
Illawarra. The seat covers the centre of the City of Wollongong and suburbs to the south, including Unanderra, Port Kembla and Berkeley.
The current electoral district of Wollongong has existed since 1968. Previous districts with the name of Wollongong existed from 1904 to 1920 and from 1927 to 1930. The current district has been dominated by the ALP, who have won the seat at all but three elections.
Wollongong was created in 1968 when the seat of Wollongong-Kembla was split between Wollongong and Kembla. Wollongong-Kembla had been held by the ALP continuously from its creation in 1941 until 1965, when it was won by the Liberal Party’s Jack Hough. Hough won the renamed seat of Wollongong in 1968, but lost in 1971.
Eric Ramsay won Wollongong in 1971. He held the seat safely throughout the 1970s, narrowly defeating independent Wollongong mayor Frank Arkell.
In 1984, Ramsay retired, and Arkell won the seat. He was re-elected in 1988, but lost the seat with a swing to the ALP in 1991. Arkell was murdered in 1998.
Wollongong was won in 1991 by the ALP’s Gerry Sullivan. He held the seat until 1999, when the ALP gave preselection in Wollongong to Col Markham, who had held the neighbouring seat of Keira since 1988.
Markham was defeated for Labor preselection in 2003 by Noreen Hay. She served as a parliamentary secretary from 2007 to 2008.
- Brendan Cook (Greens)
- Michelle Blicavs (Liberal)
- Noreen Hay (Labor)
- Jim Clabour (Independent)
- Clarrie Pratt (Christian Democratic Party)
- Gordon Bradbery (Independent)
Noreen Hay is a weak candidate who has been ridden by scandal, but Wollongong is a very safe Labor seat. It is difficult to imagine the Liberals posing a threat, but an independent candidate, whether Reverend Bradbery or another candidate, could make the race interesting.
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths in Wollongong have been divided into four areas: Wollongong in the northeast, Unanderra in the northwest, Port Kembla in the southeast, and Berkeley in the southwest.
The ALP polled over 80% in Port Kembla and Berkeley, and around 70% in Wollongong and Unanderra.
The Greens polled most strongly in Wollongong and Unanderra at the northern end of the seat.
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