Bob Baldwin, since 2001. Previously Member for Paterson 1996-1998.
Paterson lies on the north coast of New South Wales immediately to the north of Newcastle. The seat covers Dungog, Forster, Port Stephens, Raymond Terrace and parts of Maitland.
A seat called Paterson in the northeastern Hunter was first created in 1949 and won by Allen Fairhall of the Liberal Party, who served as a minister in the Menzies, Holt and Gorton governments before retirement in 1969. He was succeeded by Frank O’Keefe of the Country Party, who held the seat until 1984, when it was abolished in the redistribution.
The seat was recreated in 1993, when it was won by Labor’s Bob Horne. In 1996 he was defeated by Bob Baldwin of the Liberal Party. Over the next two elections, the ‘two Bobs’ successively defeated each other, with Horne winning in 1998 and Baldwin in 2001. Horne retired after his 2001 defeat and Baldwin was re-elected in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
- Anna Balfour (Christian Democratic Party)
- Jayson Packett (Palmer United Party)
- Peter Davis (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Bob Holz (Rise Up Australia)
- John Brown (Greens)
- Bay Marshall (Labor)
- Bob Baldwin (Liberal)
Paterson is a marginal seat, but should be comfortably retained by the Liberal Party.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas. Polling places in the Dungog local government area have been grouped together. Polling places close to the Port Stephens body of water, including areas in both Great Lakes and Port Stephens council areas, have been grouped together as “Port Stephens”.
The remainder of Great Lakes council area have been grouped together, including the town of Forster. Booths in the south-west have been split between East Maitland and Raymond Terrace.
The Liberal Party won a majority in three areas, varying from 54.9% in Port Stephens to 60.4% in the Great Lakes area. The ALP won a 51.1% majority in the East Maitland area. The two parties tied at 50% each in the Raymond Terrace area.
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