Joanna Gash (Liberal Party), 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.
The recent redistribution shifted the seat of Gilmore to the north. The town of Bateman’s Bay was transferred from Gilmore into the seat of Eden-Monaro. Prior to the redistribution, parts of Kiama and the entirety of Shellharbour were contained in Throsby, and the redistribution saw the remainder of Kiama and part of Shellharbour transferred into Gilmore. The seat was a Liberal seat prior to the redistribution but is now a notionally Labor seat, due to strongly Labor-voting Shellharbour being added to the seat.
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 before this margin was erased by the recent redistribution.
- Bohdan Brumersky (Christian Democratic Party)
- Ben van der Wijngaart (Greens)
- Elizabeth Cunningham (Family First)
- Neil Reilly (Labor)
- Joanna Gash (Liberal)
- Annette Williams (Secular Party)
- Don Keys (Liberal Democrats)
Gilmore is now one of the most marginal seats in the country and the ALP will have a strong chance of winning the seat. However, the ALP’s margin is probably inflated by the lack of a recent contest in the northern parts of the seat previously in the very safe Labor seat of Throsby.
The ALP originally preselected former South Sydney rugby league player David Boyle, but he withdrew in the face of opposition from local ALP members.
|Ben van der Wijngaart||GRN||6,070||7.55||+0.32|
|Of The Above None||IND||686||0.85||+0.85|
|Warwick William Hunt||CEC||59||0.07||-0.09|
2007 two-candidate-preferred result
Results do not take into consideration effects of the redistribution.
I have divided the booths into five areas. Booths in the Shellharbour and Kiama LGAs have been counted together, and booths in Shoalhaven have been divided into three districts: one based around Ulladulla and Milton, another based on Nowra, Bomaderry and the northern parts of the LGA and the third covering the central parts of the council area, in particular those settlements around Jervis Bay. Bear in mind that the actual settlement known as ‘Jervis Bay’ is not part of New South Wales and is considered part of the ACT seat of Fraser for the sake of federal elections. Also bear in mind that most of the population of Shellharbour remains within the neighbouring seat of Throsby.
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