Australian House of Representatives Division
|Party||Australian Labor Party|
|Area||1,331 km2 (513.9 sq mi)|
The division, previously named Throsby, was renamed in honour of Gough Whitlam, the Prime Minister of Australia from 1972–75, in a February 2016 electoral distribution. It came into effect from 2 July 2016, the date of the 2016 Australian federal election.
ABC election analyst Antony Green estimated that boundary changes to Throsby would reduce the Australian Labor Party's notional two-party-preferred margin from 7.8 to 6.9 percentage points. Despite this, the last member for Throsby, Stephen Jones, easily retained the seat with a healthy swing of over six percent.
Like its predecessor, Whitlam has a strong working-class character due to the presence of industries such as steelmaking, coal mining and stevedoring. The Illawarra is one of the few non-metropolitan regions where Labor consistently does well.
|Labor||2 July 2016 –
|Previously held the Division of Throsby. Incumbent|
|United Australia||Angelo Cuda||9,071||8.84||+8.84|
|Christian Democrats||Frank Nero||4,214||4.11||0.00|
|Sustainable Australia||Ken Davis||3,678||3.58||+3.58|
|Total formal votes||102,671||92.75||−1.84|