The seat has always been held by Labor, and was won in 2010 by ANU economics professor Andrew Leigh in 2010. Leigh holds the seat by a 14.2% margin.
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The seat has been held by Simon Crean since 1990, and he holds it by a 14% margin.
Anthony Byrne has held the seat since a 1999 by-election, and holds Holt by 14%.
The seat has become safe for the ALP since the 1970s, and has been held by Richard Marles since 2007.
Cunningham is a Labor seat covering the majority of the regional NSW city of Wollongong. Cunningham covers rural southern parts of Sutherland Shire, and then suburbs in Wollongong stretching from Helensburgh to the Wollongong CBD.
The ALP’s Sharon Bird has held the seat since 2004. The ALP had held the seat continuously from 1949 until a 2002 by-election. Bird lost at the 2002 by-election to Greens candidate Michael Organ, who held the seat until 2004.
Shortland is a Labor seat in the Hunter region of New South Wales, covering those suburbs between Lake Macquarie and Pacific Ocean, from Charlestown in the north to Budgewoi in the south. Most of the seat lies in the Lake Macquarie council area, with the southern part in Wyong Shire.
The seat has been held by the ALP since it was created in 1949, most recently by Jill Hall since 1998.
Charlton is a Labor seat covering parts of the Hunter region of New South Wales on the western shore of Lake Macquarie, including Toronto, Cardiff and Morriset, as well as parts of the City of Newcastle including Wallsend and Elermore Vale.
Greg Combet has held the seat since 2007, and holds Charlton by a 12.7% margin.
Newcastle is an original federation electorate. The ALP has held the seat for over 110 years, and in that time by only five particular MPs. Sharon Grierson has held the seat since 2001.
Sharon Grierson is retiring in 2013, and the ALP’s Sharon Claydon will be attempting to defend the ALP’s 12.5% margin.
The ALP’s Joel Fitzgibbons has held the seat since 1996, and holds the seat by a 12.5% margin.
Earlier today I posted the full list of candidates compiled in the creation of the Tally Room election guide. You can view it here. The list has already expanded to 473.
This data makes it possible to look at the gender balance of candidates running, and what effect that might have on the next Parliament.
The House of Representatives currently consists of 113 men and 37 women. 23 of these women are Labor MPs, while the other 14 are Liberals (including three Queensland LNP members and one Country Liberal from the Darwin area). Every single National MP (including those LNP members who sit with the Nationals) is a man, while the seven other crossbench MPs are all men. 32.4% of the Labor caucus are women, compared to 19.4% of the Coalition joint party room.
The Senate paints a better picture for each party. A slim majority of the ALP’s Senators are women (16/31) while two thirds of the Greens senators are women (6/9). The Coalition’s Senators are still overwhelmingly male, but proportionally include more women than in the House of Representatives (8/34, or 23.5%). The Nationals, who don’t have any women MPs in the lower house, have two women Senators.
So how have the parties performed so far with their candidate selections?
Read more below the fold.