Craig Thomson (IND), since 2007.
NSW Central Coast. Dobell covers most of Wyong Shire and parts of the City of Gosford. Dobell covers Lake Tuggerah and the suburbs surrounding it, including Wyong, Bateau Bay, The Entrance and Toukley, while those parts of Wyong Shire from Budgewoi Lake north are not part of the electorate. The seat also covers a small part of the City of Gosford, extending as far as Wyoming and the northern parts of Terrigal.
Dobell was created in 1984 when the House of Representatives was expanded. It was first won by Michael Lee (ALP). Lee held the seat by largely safe margins for over a decade, becoming a federal minister from the 1993 election until Paul Keating’s defeat in 1996, when Lee came close to losing Dobell.
Lee served as a senior member of the Labor frontbench from 1996 to 2001, when he was defeated by Ken Ticehurst (LIB). Lee went on to run as the ALP candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2004 and served on the City of Sydney council from 2004 to 2008 after losing the lord mayoralty to Clover Moore.
Ticehurst won the seat twice before losing in 2007 to Craig Thomson (ALP), then Assistant Secretary of the Health Services Union. Thomson has since faced accusations in 2009 that his union credit cards had been used to bankroll his Dobell campaign and to pay for escort services.
- Greg Owen (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Craig Thomson (Independent)
- Christian Kunde (Bullet Train For Australia)
- Emma McBride (Labor)
- Nathan Bracken (Independent)
- Kate McGill (Palmer United Party)
- Hadden Ervin (Christian Democratic Party)
- Karen McNamara (Liberal)
- Sue Wynn (Greens)
Dobell is a marginal Labor seat. A seat held by a 5.1% margin by Labor would normally be vulnerable in current circumstances. The trail of scandals left behind by Craig Thomson makes it very difficult to see how Labor would be able to retain the seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into six areas. Those booths in Gosford local government area have been grouped together. Booths in Wyong have been divided into five areas. Most of these booths are clustered around Lake Tuggerah. These booths have been divided between North, East, Wyong and Toukley. Booths to the west have been grouped together.
The ALP won a majority in five out of six areas, ranging from 50.5% in Gosford to 60.3% in the north. The Liberal Party won a 59.8% majority in the west.
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