Division of Paterson

Australian federal electoral division (from 1993)

The Division of Paterson is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. It is just north of Newcastle, on the coast of the Tasman Sea. It includes the towns of Anna Bay, Bulahdelah. Clarence Town, Dungog, Forster, Hawks Nest, Lemon Tree Passage, Medowie, Morpeth, Nelson Bay, Paterson, Raymond Terrace, Stroud, Tuncurry and parts of Nabiac, Thornton and East Maitland.[2] The division was first set up in 1949 and abolished in 1984.[2] It was recreated after a redistribution in 1992.[2]

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Paterson (green) within New South Wales
Dates current1949–1984, 1992–present
MPMeryl Swanson
NamesakeBanjo Paterson
Electors97,107 (2013)[1]
Area6,652 km2 (2,568.4 sq mi)
Banjo Paterson
Colonel William Paterson

The division is named after poet and author Banjo Paterson.[2] It is possible that is was named after Colonel William Paterson who also gave his name to the Paterson River and the town of Paterson, both of which were in the electorate.[2] It was first contested at the 1949 election.

In 1949 the division included Singleton, Maitland and Muswellbrook. Redistributions moved the electorate north until it included Gunnedah and Mudgee. The original electorate was abolished in 1984. In 1992 it was recreated covering a similar area to the original electorate.


Member Party Term
  Allen Fairhall Liberal 1949–1969
  Frank O'Keefe Country 1969–1975
  National Country 1975–1982
  National 1982–1984
Member Party Term
  Bob Horne Labor 1993–1996
  Bob Baldwin Liberal 1996–1998
  Bob Horne Labor 1998–2001
  Bob Baldwin Liberal 2001–present

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Paterson[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Meryl Swanson 46,725 40.67 −0.41
Liberal Brooke Vitnell 42,142 36.68 +4.16
One Nation Neil Turner 9,363 8.15 −6.01
Greens Louise Ihlein 8,677 7.55 +0.65
United Australia Jason Olbourne 4,474 3.89 +0.28
Informed Medical Options Angela Ketas 1,883 1.64 +1.64
Liberal Democrats Sonia Bailey 1,621 1.41 +1.41
Total formal votes 114,885 94.93 +0.78
Informal votes 6,142 5.07 −0.78
Turnout 121,027 91.66 −1.58
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Meryl Swanson 61,247 53.31 −1.73
Liberal Brooke Vitnell 53,638 46.69 +1.73
Labor hold Swing −1.73


  1. "NSW Division – Paterson, NSW". Virtual Tally Room, Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 24 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Divisional Profiles: Paterson". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  3. Paterson, NSW, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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