Stephen Jones, since 2016. Previously member for Throsby 2010-2016.
Southern Illawarra and Southern Highlands of NSW. Whitlam covers the entirety of the Shellharbour council area along with southern parts of the City of Wollongong. These suburbs mostly surround Lake Illawarra, including Shellharbour, Dapto and Albion Park. It also includes distinct areas in the Southern Highlands, covering the most populated parts of Wingecarribee Shire, stretching as far west as the Hume Highway and covering Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale.
The seat of Whitlam was known as Throsby until 2016. Throsby was first created for the 1984 election, and has always been held by the ALP. It has always been won by the ALP by a large margin, with well over 60% at every election since 1993.
The seat was first won in 1984 by Colin Hollis. Hollis had previously been elected in Macarthur for one term in 1983. Hollis retired in 2001, and was succeeded by former ACTU President Jennie George. George held the seat from 2001 to 2010.
In 2010, Stephen Jones won the seat for the ALP upon Jennie George’s retirement. Jones was re-elected in 2013, and re-elected again for the renamed seat in 2016.
Whitlam is a safe Labor seat.
|Susan Pinsuti||Christian Democratic Party||4,048||4.1||+1.6|
|Wayne Hartman||Non-Custodial Parents||2,081||2.1||+1.7|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas, along local government boundaries. Those polling places in Wingecarribee Shire have been grouped as Southern Highlands. Polling places in the City of Wollongong have been grouped as Wollongong. The remainder is in Shellharbour.
Labor won a large majority in two out of three areas, polling 70.2% in Shellharbour and 74.2% in Wollongong. The Liberal Party polled 56.5% in the Southern Highlands, the least populous part of the electorate.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Whitlam at the 2016 federal election
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