Wyong – NSW 2019

ALP 8.7%

Incumbent MP
David Harris, since 2015.

Geography
Central Coast. The seat of Wyong covers parts of Wyong Shire, including Wyong itself, Toukley, Gorokan and Chittaway Bay.

History
The electoral district of Wyong was first created for the 1962 election. It was abolished in 1973 and was restored in 1988. The seat was always held by Labor prior to the 2011 election.

Wyong was first won in 1962 by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Ray Maher. He had previously served as Member for North Sydney since 1953, but moved to Wyong upon North Sydney’s abolition. Maher resigned as Speaker in early 1965 after being accused of sexual harassment, and he retired from Parliament at the 1965 election.

Maher was succeeded in 1965 by the ALP’s Harry Jensen. Jensen had served as Lord Mayor of Sydney since 1957, and had before that served as Mayor of Randwick.

In 1973, Wyong was abolished, and Jensen moved to the seat of Munmorah. He served as a minister in the newly-elected Labor state government from 1976 until he retired in 1981, when Munmorah itself was abolished.

Munmorah was replaced in 1981 by the seat of Tuggerah, which was won by the ALP’s Harry Moore.

In 1988, Tuggerah was broken up into Wyong and The Entrance, and Moore was elected as Member for Wyong.

Moore retired in 1991, and was succeeded by Paul Crittenden, and Crittenden held Wyong until his retirement in 2007.

Wyong was won in 2007 by the ALP’s candidate, former school principal David Harris. He held the seat for one term, and in 2011 lost to Liberal candidate Darren Webber.

Darren Webber resigned from the Liberal Party in 2014 after he faced investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Webber did not run in 2015, and Labor candidate David Harris was elected.

Candidates

  • David Harris (Labor)
  • Ying Shu Li-Cantwell (Liberal)
  • Sue Wynn (Greens)

Assessment
Wyong is a reasonably safe Labor seat.

2015 result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
David Harris Labor 23,565 51.1 +13.2
Sandra Kerr Liberal 16,936 36.8 -10.5
Vicki Dimond Greens 3,091 6.7 -3.6
Annie Mcgeechan No Land Tax 929 2.0 +2.0
Stevan Dragojevic Christian Democrats 914 2.0 -1.2
Noel Holt Independent 384 0.8 +0.8
Alex Norwick Independent 252 0.5 +0.5
Informal 2,082 4.3

2015 two-party-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
David Harris Labor 25,037 58.7 +13.3
Sandra Kerr Liberal 17,597 41.3 -13.3

Booth breakdown

Booths in Wyong have been split into four parts: east, central, south and west. The ‘west’ area covers rural areas on the fringe of Wyong, and has a much smaller population than the other three areas, which are mostly urban.

Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in three out of four areas, ranging from 56.5% in the south to 63.5% in the east. The Liberal Party won 55.8% in the west.

Voter group ALP 2PP % Total votes % of votes
East 63.5 11,184 24.3
Central 59.2 9,543 20.7
South 56.5 8,098 17.6
West 44.2 1,685 3.7
Other votes 56.1 8,056 17.5
Pre-poll 59.3 7,505 16.3

Two-party-preferred votes in Wyong at the 2015 NSW state election

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