Sharon Claydon, since 2013.
The seat of Newcastle covers most of the City of Newcastle, and a small part of the Lake Macquarie council area. Major suburbs include Newcastle, Hamilton, Merewether, Lambton, Kotara, Adamstown, Mayfield, Maryland, Wallsend and Waratah.
Newcastle is an original federation electorate, and has been held by the ALP for its entire history. Indeed, the seat has only ever been held by five people in 110 years.
The seat was first won in 1901 by David Watkins, a former coal-miner and state member for the seat of Wallsend. Watkins held Newcastle for decades until his death in 1935. He was succeeded at a 1935 by-election by his son David Oliver Watkins. Watkins junior held the seat for another twenty-three years, retiring in 1958.
After being held for 57 years by members of the Watkins family, Newcastle was won in 1958 by Charles Jones, then the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. Jones went on to serve as Gough Whitlam’s Minister for Transport from 1972 to 1975. He retired in 1983, and was succeeded by Allan Morris.
Morris held the seat for eighteen years, and was succeeded at the 2001 by former school principal Sharon Grierson, who held the seat for the next twelve years.
Labor’s Sharon Claydon was elected in Newcastle in 2013, and she won re-election in 2016.
Newcastle is a safe Labor seat.
|Karen Burge||Drug Law Reform||3,391||3.4||+3.4|
|Milton Caine||Christian Democratic Party||2,132||2.1||+0.4|
|Stuart Southwell||Democratic Labour Party||968||1.0||+1.0|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three parts: central, east and west.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 61.2% in the centre to 67.6% in the west.
The Greens primary vote ranged from 8.3% in the west to 18.5% in the east.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Newcastle at the 2016 federal election
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