Meryl Swanson, since 2016.
Paterson lies on the north coast of New South Wales immediately to the north of Newcastle. The seat covers Maitland, Raymond Terrace, the Port Stephens peninsula and Kurri Kurri.
A seat called Paterson in the northeastern Hunter was first created in 1949 and won by Allen Fairhall of the Liberal Party, who served as a minister in the Menzies, Holt and Gorton governments before retirement in 1969. He was succeeded by Frank O’Keefe of the Country Party, who held the seat until 1984, when it was abolished in the redistribution.
The seat was recreated in 1993, when it was won by Labor’s Bob Horne. In 1996 he was defeated by Bob Baldwin of the Liberal Party. Over the next two elections, the ‘two Bobs’ successively defeated each other, with Horne winning in 1998 and Baldwin in 2001. Horne retired after his 2001 defeat and Baldwin was re-elected four times.
Baldwin retired in 2016, and was succeeded by Labor’s Meryl Swanson.
- Meryl Swanson (Labor)
Paterson, with its new boundaries, has become safer for Labor.
|Graham Burston||One Nation||13,056||13.0||+11.6|
|Peter Arena||Christian Democratic Party||2,058||2.1||-0.1|
|Brian Clare||Rise Up Australia||1,007||1.0||+0.5|
|Peter Davis||Citizens Electoral Council||533||0.5||-0.1|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into six parts. Polling places in the Port Stephens council area have been split between Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay. Polling places around Kurri Kurri have been grouped together. Booths in the Newcastle council area and in the easternmost part of Maitland council area have been grouped as “central”, and the remainder of the Maitland area has been split between Maitland and East Maitland.
The ALP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all six areas, ranging from 50.7% in Nelson Bay to 76.1% in Kurri Kurri.
One Nation polled well in Paterson, with a primary vote ranging from 10.6% in East Maitland to 17.5% in Kurri Kurri.
|Voter group||ON prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Election results in Paterson at the 2016 federal election
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