Jill Hall, since 1998.
Lake Macquarie and Central Coast regions of New South Wales. Shortland covers the suburbs of Lake Macquarie council on the eastern shore of Lake Macquarie, as well as northeastern suburbs of Wyong LGA. Key suburbs include Belmont, Charlestown, Gateshead, Swansea, Budgewoi and Lake Munmorah.
Shortland was created in 1949, and has always been a safe Labor seat, with the ALP polling over 60% at every election except for six elections when the Liberal Party polled very well nationally (1966, 1975, 1977, 1996, 2001, 2004).
The seat was first won in 1949 by the ALP’s Charles Griffiths, an official for the Australian Railways Union. Griffiths held the seat for the entirety of the 1950s and 1960s, and retired in 1972. He was replaced in 1972 by Peter Morris. Morris served as a junior minister from the election of the Hawke government in 1983 until he was promoted to Cabinet in 1988. He was dropped from Cabinet in 1990 due to lack of factional support and retired in 1998.
The seat was won in 1998 by Jill Hall, who had been elected to the state seat of Swansea in 1995. Hall has held the seat for five terms.
- Jill Hall (Labor)
- Andrew Weatherstone (Christian Democratic Party)
- John Church (Liberal)
- Jane Oakley (Greens)
- Phil Baldwin (Palmer United Party)
Shortland is a safe Labor seat.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into four areas. From north to south, these are Charlestown, Belmont, Swansea and Wyong. The “Wyong” area covers those polling places in Wyong Shire, with the remaining polling places in the City of Lake Macquarie.
The ALP won a majority in all areas, varying from 60.4% in Belmont to 65% in Wyong. The Greens vote varied from 8.4% in Wyong to 12.4% in Charlestown.
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