CANDIDATES have lined up to contest the seat of Shortland in the September 7 federal election - a seat which has not seen a change in leadership since 1998.
Jill Hall is the current Shortland MP and will recontest the seat this year for Labor.
She resigned from state parliament in 1995 to contest Shortland at the 1998 federal election, won, and has held the seat since.
At the last federal election in 2010, she kept Labor's hold on the seat with 53.7 per cent of the vote.
The other candidates are Phil Baldwin, John Church, Jane Oakley and Andrew Weatherstone.
Former NSW police officer of 25 years Phil Baldwin will represent Palmer United Australia, with a plan to abolish the carbon tax.
He, along with the other candidates, will be challenged by Liberal candidate John Church, who will place a strong emphasis on reducing crime and improving infrastructure.
The Greens will be represented by Jane Oakley, who was involved in a community campaign to stop Woolworths from establishing a liquor store next to a school.
Andrew Weatherstone is the Christian Democratic candidate. He contested the local state seat of Wallsend at the 2011 NSW election.
■ The Shortland electorate covers an area of approximately 205square-kilometres.
It stretches from Kotara South and Highfields in the north, to Budgewoi and Lake Haven in the south.
Its suburbs include Belmont, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach, Charlestown, Dudley, Eleebana, Floraville, Gateshead, Gwandalan, Highfields, Jewells, Kahibah, Kotara South, Nords Wharf, Redhead, Swansea, Tingira Heights, Valentine, Whitebridge, Windale and parts of Hillsborough and Warners Bay.
The seat is considered very safe for Labor, with a 12.9per cent holding.
Name: Phillip Baldwin
Party: Palmer United Australia
What are you standing for? ‘‘The Palmer United Party will abolish the carbon tax, return 25per cent of the revenue gained from a particular region to that region, raise the aged pension by 20per cent or $150 per fortnight for singles, value add to our resources by downstream processing, ensure no party official holds a lobbyist position, and introduce honesty and integrity back into government.’’
Name: John Church
What are you standing for? ‘‘I stand for a strong and prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia.
‘‘This is achieved by creating local jobs, supporting small business and securing our borders.
‘‘We will cut taxes, keep fortnightly pension increases, boost paid parental leave and reduce [the] cost of living by scrapping the carbon tax.’’
Name: Jill Hall
What are you standing for? ‘‘As the Labor candidate I am standing for better schools and better health services, as well as a strong economy, a high-speed broadband network and more jobs.
‘‘I believe federal Labor has a positive plan for the future, while the Liberals will make severe cuts to services, jobs and programs."
Name: Jane Oakley
Party: The Greens
What are you standing for? ‘‘The Greens will provide world-class health and education systems funded by fixing the mining tax and removing fossil fuel subsidies.
‘‘The Greens will create thousands of jobs by transitioning from polluting energy to clean, renewable energy industries.
‘‘The Greens will protect communities and the environment from giant mining companies."
■ The Christian Democratic Party candidate for Shortland, Andrew Weatherstone, was contacted by The Star but did not submit any information by the deadline.