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Hunter
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Hunter (green) within New South Wales
Created 1901
MP Joel Fitzgibbon
Party Labor
Namesake John Hunter
Area 20,111 km2 (7,764.9 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
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Captain John Hunter

The Division of Hunter is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It is located in northern rural New South Wales. It covers much of the Hunter Valley region, including the towns of Singleton, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Cessnock and Denman. The Division was one of the original 75 divisions created for the first Federal election in 1901. The Division was named after Captain John Hunter, the second Governor of New South Wales.

In 2015 the Australian Electoral Commission said that the Division of Hunter would be abolished at the next election. Because of population changes, New South Wales loses a division, and a new one will be created in Western Australia. The boundaries of many NSW divisions will have to be changed, and the area covered by Hunter will be added to nearby divisions. Under AEC rules however, names of the original 1901 divisions should be kept, so the Division of Charlton will be renamed Hunter.

Members

Member Party Term
  (Sir) Edmund Barton Protectionist 1901–1903
  Frank Liddell Free Trade, Anti-Socialist 1903–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1910
  Matthew Charlton Labor 1910–1928
  Rowley James Labor 1928–1931
  Lang Labor 1931–1936
  Labor 1936–1958
  H.V. Evatt Labor 1958–1960
  Bert James Labor 1960–1980
  Bob Brown Labor 1980–1984
  Eric Fitzgibbon Labor 1984–1996
  Joel Fitzgibbon Labor 1996–present

The seat has been held by the Labor since 1910. Famous members include the first Prime Minister Edmund Barton, and Opposition Leaders Matthew Charlton and Dr H.V. Evatt. Joel Fitzgibbon, Minister for Defence, took over the seat when his father, Eric Fitgibbon retired in 1996.

Election results


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