Division of Newcastle

Division of Newcastle
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Newcastle 2010.png
Division of Newcastle (green) in New South Wales
Created: 1901
MP: Sharon Grierson
Party: Labor
Namesake: Newcastle, New South Wales
Area: 354 km² (137 sq mi)
Demographic: Provincial

The Division of Newcastle is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. The Division is centred around the city of Newcastle, after which it is named.

The Division was proclaimed in 1900, and was one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election. The Division was named after the city of Newcastle, around which the Division is centred. The seat is currently a safe Labor seat. It has been held by the Australian Labor Party since it was created, and it is the only original Division to be held by just one party since the first Federal election.

Liberal Party preselection for the 2010 Federal election was local family planning consultant and Newcastle City Councillor Brad Luke.[1] The incumbent member Sharon Grierson recontested for the Labor Party.


The Division of Newcastle has had just five members since 1901, the fewest of any of the original Divisions. Indeed, up until 1958 the seat had been held by the Watkins family, son David taking over from father David in 1935. Allan Morris' brother Peter Morris was also a Member of the House, holding the Division of Shortland, which lies immediately to the south. Charles Jones' brother Sam was the member for Waratah in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for much of the time that he was the member. The electoral district of Waratah lay within the boundaries of the Division of Newcastle.

Member Party Term
  David Watkins Labor 1901–1935
  David Oliver Watkins Labor 1935–1958
  Charles Jones Labor 1958–1983
  Allan Morris Labor 1983–2001
  Sharon Grierson Labor 2001–present

Election results

Australian federal election, 2010: Newcastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Sharon Grierson 39,253 47.89 -2.88
Liberal Brad Luke 25,680 31.33 +5.77
Greens Michael Osborne 12,677 15.47 +5.45
Christian Democrats Milton Caine 1,479 1.80 +0.54
Democrats Dean Winter 1,419 1.73 +0.68
Socialist Alliance Zane Alcorn 829 1.01 +0.62
Socialist Equality Noel Holt 627 0.76 +0.43
Total formal votes 81,964 94.31 -1.26
Informal votes 4,948 5.69 +1.26
Turnout 86,912 93.56 -1.69
Two-candidate preferred result
Labor Sharon Grierson 51,220 62.49 -3.42
Liberal Brad Luke 30,744 37.51 +3.42
Labor hold Swing -3.42


Coordinates: 32°50′28″S 151°45′11″E / 32.841°S 151.753°E / -32.841; 151.753

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