Joanna Gash, since 1996.
Gilmore covers parts of the south coast and the southern Illawarra. This includes the entirety of the City of Shoalhaven and Kiama LGA. It also includes a small part of Shellharbour. The southernmost significant settlement is Ulladulla.
Gilmore was created in 1984 when the House of Representatives was expanded in 1984. The seat was first held by the National Party’s John Sharp until 1993, when he moved to the nearby seat of Hume. Sharp served in the first Howard cabinet until he resigned over the travel rorts affair in 1997.
The seat was won by the ALP’s Peter Knott in 1993, and he was defeated by Joanna Gash of the Liberal Party in 1996. Gash has held the seat ever since. The seat was considered marginal after the 1996 and 1998 elections, but a large swing in 2001 saw the seat held by a much larger margin. This was cut back to a margin of about 4% in 2007.
Gilmore’s boundaries were redrawn before the 2010 election, making the seat a notional Labor seat. Gash gained a 5.7% swing.
Gash announced her impending retirement in 2012, and was elected as the directly-elected Mayor of Shoalhaven.
Sitting Liberal MP Joanna Gash is not running for re-election.
- Steve Ryan (Christian Democratic Party)
- Neil Reilly (Labor)
- Terry Barratt (Greens)
- Lyndal Harris (Palmer United Party)
- Ann Sudmalis (Liberal)
Gilmore is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Liberal seats in New South Wales, but should remain in Liberal hands.
|Ben van der Wijngaart||GRN||8,279||9.57||+1.49|
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas. Polling places in Shellharbour and Kiama council areas have been grouped along council boundaries. Those polling places in Shoalhaven have been divided in three. From north to south these are: Nowra-Bomaderry, Sussex Inlet-Jervis Bay and Milton-Ulladulla.
The Liberal Party won a majority in four out of five areas, varying from 53.3% in Kiama to 59.5% in Nowra-Bomaderry. The ALP won a large 61.7% majority in the Shellharbour area.
|Voter group||GRN %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
|Sussex Inlet-Jervis Bay||7.75||54.87||12,882||14.89|