Wallsend – NSW 2019

ALP 20.8%

Incumbent MP
Sonia Hornery, since 2007.

Geography
Hunter. Wallsend covers western suburbs of the City of Newcastle and a small part of the City of Lake Macquarie. Suburbs include Cardiff Heights, Rankin Park, New Lambton, Callaghan, Jesmond, Shortland, Wallsend, Maryland and Elermore Vale.

History
The current incarnation of Wallsend has existed since 1968. Wallsend existed at three other periods dating back to 1894. It has always been held by Labor MPs.

Wallsend was first won in 1968 by Ken Booth. He had held the seat of Kurri Kurri since a 1960 by-election. He had succeeded his father George, who had sat in Parliament from 1925 until his death in 1960. Kurri Kurri was abolished in 1968.

The younger Booth served as Treasurer from 1981 to 1988, when the ALP lost power. Booth died later that year.

The 1988 by-election was won by John Mills. He held the seat for the ALP until his retirement in 2007.

Wallsend was won in 2007 by Newcastle councillor Sonia Hornery. She served as a parliamentary secretary from 2007 to 2009, when she was removed for opposing the state government’s privatisation plans. Hornery was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Candidates

Assessment
Wallsend is a very safe Labor seat.

2015 result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Sonia Hornery Labor 29,03458.4+19.5
Hannah Eves Liberal 12,29124.7-2.2
Aleona Swegen Greens 5,33010.7+2.2
Damien CottonChristian Democrats1,7063.4+1.3
Tony Di CosmoNo Land Tax1,3412.7+2.7
Informal2,0313.9

2015 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Sonia Hornery Labor 32,12470.8+14.5
Hannah Eves Liberal 13,24629.2-14.5

Booth breakdown

Booths in Wallsend have been split into four parts: central, east, north and south.

Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all four areas, ranging from 66.7% in the east to 75.6% in the centre.

The Greens came third, with a primary vote ranging from 7.3% in the north to 14.7% in the east.

Voter groupGRN prim %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
Central10.775.610,32720.8
South10.968.09,07718.3
East14.766.78,95218.0
North7.373.97,42814.9
Other votes11.769.88,84517.8
Pre-poll6.870.35,07310.2

Election results in Wallsend at the 2015 NSW state election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and Greens primary votes.

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