Shelley Hancock, since 2003.
South coast of NSW. The seat contains most of Shoalhaven council area, specifically those areas on the south side of the Shoalhaven river. The seat covers Nowra, Milton, Ulladulla, Sussex Inlet and Jervis Bay.
South Coast has existed as a seat since 1927. For most of that time the seat has been held by conservative parties, although it has been held by independents on a number of occasions. It was won by the ALP once only, at the 1999 election.
Henry Bate held the seat from 1927 to 1941, first as a Nationalist and then for the United Australia Party.
In 1941, Bate was defeated by independent candidate Rupert Beale. He died in office in 1942, and was succeeded by his son Jack Beale. The younger Beale was first elected as an independent, but became a member of the Liberal Party in 1948.
Beale became a minister in the Coalition state government in 1965, serving until his retirement in 1973.
He was succeeded in 1973 by John Hatton, the independent Shoalhaven shire president. He was re-elected following 1973 by very safe margins, and was once elected unopposed. He held his seat until the 1995 election. He was a renowned campaigner against corruption, and following the 1991 election he shared the balance of power. In this role he helped establish the Independent Commission Against Corruption, bring down Nick Greiner as Premier, and then establish the Wood Royal Commission into police corruption.
Hatton retired at the 1995 election. He announced in 2010 that he would head an independent team running for the Legislative Council.
The Liberal Party’s Eric Ellis won South Coast in 1995. He held it for one term, losing it in 1999 to ALP candidate Wayne Smith.
In 2003, Smith lost to the Liberal candidate, former Shoalhaven councillor Shelley Hancock. She was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
South Coast is a reasonably safe Liberal seat.
|Matt Rose||Christian Democrats||1,208||2.6||-1.8|
|Licio Mallia||No Land Tax||706||1.5||+1.5|
2015 two-party-preferred result
Booths in South Coast have been split into three parts:
- Central – Currarong, Sussex Inlet, Vincentia and other areas around the Jervis Bay area.
- North – Nowra and Culburra Beach.
- South – Milton and Ulladulla.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 56.4% in the centre to 59.7% in the south.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 11.2% in the north to 20.2% in the south.
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Election results in South Coast at the 2015 NSW state election
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