Sharon Grierson, since 2001.
Newcastle, NSW. The seat of Newcastle covers the main suburbs of the City of Newcastle, as well as less populated areas immediately to the north of the city. It covers a small part of Maitland council area and sparsely populated parts of Port Stephens council area. The northern boundary stops just south of Raymond Terrace. Major suburbs include Newcastle, Hamilton, Merewether, Lambton, Kotara, Adamstown, Mayfield and Waratah.
Newcastle is an original federation electorate, and has been held by the ALP for its entire history. Indeed, the seat has only ever been held by five people in 110 years.
The seat was first won in 1901 by David Watkins, a former coal-miner and state member for the seat of Wallsend. Watkins held Newcastle for decades until his death in 1935. He was succeeded at a 1935 by-election by his son David Oliver Watkins. Watkins junior held the seat for another twenty-three years, retiring in 1958.
After being held for 57 years by members of the Watkins family, Newcastle was won in 1958 by Charles Jones, then the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. Jones went on to serve as Gough Whitlam’s Minister for Transport from 1972 to 1975. He retired in 1983, and was succeeded by Allan Morris.
Morris held the seat for eighteen years, and was succeeded at the 2001 by former school principal Sharon Grierson, who still holds the seat.
Sitting Labor MP Sharon Grierson is not running for re-election.
- Michael Chehoff (Australia First)
- Zane Alcorn (Socialist Alliance)
- Yegon McLellan (Palmer United Party)
- Rod Holding (Independent)
- Susanna Scurry (Independent)
- Milton Caine (Christian Democratic Party)
- Jaimie Abbott (Liberal)
- Lawrence Higgins (Australian Independents)
- Sharon Claydon (Labor)
- Michael Osborne (Greens)
Newcastle has long been considered a safe Labor seat. Labor should retain it, although the loss of the sitting member and recent swings against Labor in the Hunter at the state and council elections would be making the ALP nervous.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. Most of the electorate lives in the City of Newcastle, and these polling places were split into “Central”, “West” and “South-West”. Those polling places in Maitland and Port Stephens local government areas have been grouped as “North”.
The ALP won a majority in all four areas, varying from 59.6% in Central to 68.8% in the West.
The Liberal Party won only two booths in the Merewether area at the southern end of the seat.
The Greens vote varied from 7.1% in the north to 20% in the Newcastle city centre.
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