Adam Carr's guide to
The 2007 Australian federal election

The House of Representatives

New South Wales

Division of Shortland


Jill Hall (ALP)

Her ALP website
and her campaign website

Jon Kealy (Lib)

His Liberal Party website

Keith Parsons (Grn)

His Greens website
Location: North Central NSW: Belmont, Budgewoi, Charlestown, Swansea
Division named for: Lt John Shortland RN, who discovered coal near Newcastle
Median weekly family income: $792 (120th highest)
Persons born in non English speaking countries: 4.1% (128th highest)
Persons in professional occupations: 21.5% (113th highest)
Persons aged 65 and over: 16.4% (20th highest)
Couple families with dependent children: 34.9% (117th highest)
Dwellings being purchased: 26.0% (74th highest)
Sitting member: Jill Hall (Labor), elected 1998, 2001, 2004
Born: 16 November 1949, Macksville, NSW. Career: Rehabilitation counsellor. Councillor, Lake Macquarie City Council 1991-95, Deputy Mayor 1993-94. NSW state MP for Swansea 1995-98
Deputy Opposition Whip from 26 October 2004
1996 two-party majority: Labor 08.1
1998 two-party majority: Labor 12.8
Effect of 2001 redistribution: no change
2001 two-party majority: Labor 08.8
2004 primary votes: Labor 49.9, Liberal 35.8, Green 7.9
2004 two-party majority: Labor 09.5
Effect of 2006 redistribution: 00.2 shift to Liberal
2007 notional two-party majority: Labor 09.3
2004 enrolment: 88,088
2007 enrolment: 93,192 (+05.8%) (new boundaries)
Shortland was created in 1949, based in the southern and western suburbs of Newcastle. Subsequent redistributions have extended the seat southwards to take in the mining and retirement communities around Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah Lake. These areas have a high proportion of people over 65, both because they are popular retirment areas and because of the movement of younger people to Sydney as traditional employment in the Newcastle area has declined. This explains the seat's low level of median family income and its low proportion of people in professional occupations and of families with dependent children. The seat has always been fairly safe for Labor. In 2004 Labor carried every booth except Eleebana and Valentine, and polled over 70% of the two-party vote in Blacksmiths, Catherine Hill Bay, Gateshead West, Pelican, Swansea and Swansea Central. The 2006 redistribution has slightly improved the seat for the Liberals. Jill Hall has held Shortland for Labor since 1998. Hall, a former state member for the area, is currently a Deputy Opposition Whip.
Candidates in ballot-paper order
  • Keith Parsons (Green) is a retired industrial chemist and teacher and a member of Newcastle City Council.
  • Jill Hall (Labor) is the sitting member: see biography above.
  • Jon Kealy (Liberal) is a partner in a family business.
  • Matt Reeves (Family First) is a savings consultant.
  • Les wallace (Christian Democrat) is a designer.

    Members for Shortland

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