Pat Conroy, since 2016. Previously member for Charlton 2013-2016.
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, Cardiff, Warners Bay, Gateshead, Swansea, Budgewoi and Lake Munmorah.
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 held the seat for six terms.
The redistribution leading up to the 2016 election abolished the neighbouring seat of Charlton. Pat Conroy, who had held the seat of Charlton since 2013, replaced Jill Hall in Shortland. Conroy was re-elected in 2019.
Shortland fell into the marginal category at the 2019 election for the first time since 1987. This election will show us whether this was a brief aberration or the beginning of a trend which will see this seat come more into play. Labor won’t be comfortable with this margin but will be the favourites nonetheless.
|Dani Rifai||United Australia Party||4,532||4.5||+4.5|
|Bryan McGrath||Animal Justice||3,596||3.6||+3.6|
|Susan Newbury||Sustainable Australia||3,097||3.1||+3.1|
|Xing Yu||Christian Democratic Party||2,010||2.0||-2.2|
2019 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into five areas: Cardiff-Warners Bay in the north-west, Charlestown in the north-east, and then from north to south 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.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all five areas, ranging from 52.7% in Belmont to 61.2% in Charlestown.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|