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Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Shortland (green) in New South Wales
Created 1949
MP Jill Hall
Party Labor
Namesake John Shortland
Area 205 km2 (79.2 sq mi)
Demographic Provincial

The Division of Shortland is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. The Division closely follows the Pacific coast. It is a long and narrow shape not more than 10 kms wide. The western boundary is formed by Lake Macquarie. The Division stretches from Charlestown in the north to Norah Head in the south. It includes the towns of Toukley, Doyalson, Swansea, Belmont and Gateshead.

The Division was named after Lieutenant John Shortland. He was an early explorer of the Hunter Valley region. The Division was set up on May 11, 1949, and the first election was the 1949 Federal election. The seat is currently a safe Labor seat.


Member Party Term
  Charles Griffiths Labor 1949–1972
  Peter Morris Labor 1972–1998
  Jill Hall Labor 1998–present

Peter Morris' brother, Alan Morris was the member for the Division of Newcastle. His son Matthew Morris was a member of the New South Wales Parliament.

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