Division of Adelaide

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Adelaide
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Adelaide 2019.png
Division of Adelaide in South Australia, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1903
MP Steve Georganas
Party Labor
Namesake Adelaide
Electors 121,606 (2019)
Area76 km2 (29.3 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Adelaide is an Australian electoral division in South Australia and is named for the city of Adelaide, South Australia's capital.

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At the 2016 federal election, the electorate covered 76 km², is centred on the Adelaide city centre and spanning from Grand Junction Road in the north to Cross Road in the south and from Portrush Road in the east to Marion and Holbrooks Road in the west, taking in suburbs including Ashford, Enfield, Goodwood, Kent Town, Keswick, Kilburn, Mansfield Park, Maylands, Northgate, Norwood, Parkside, Prospect, Rose Park, St Peters, Toorak Gardens, Torrensville, Thebarton, Unley and Walkerville.

History

The city of Adelaide, the division's namesake Adelaide skyline in 2010.jpg
The city of Adelaide, the division's namesake

The division of Adelaide was one of seven single-member seats established when the seven-member statewide Division of South Australia was abolished following the inaugural 1901 election. For the first 40 years after Federation, it was one of the few Federation seats in the state that regularly changed hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. Despite the bellwether-like swinging tendency, unusually the only time Adelaide was obtained by an incoming government was in 1931.

However, Labor held it for all but six years from 1943 to 1993, including a 23-year Labor hold during the Robert Menzies era. For most of the time from 1943 to 1987, it was a fairly safe Labor seat. Labor's hold on the seat loosened slightly in the late 1980s due to pro-Liberal demographic change; it was briefly lost to the Liberals at a 1988 by-election, but regained in 1990.

Very similar to the modern-day state-level electoral district of Adelaide, historically the federal-level Division of Adelaide covered only the Adelaide city centre and a few nearby inner north suburbs up to Regency Road in Prospect for most of its first century. [1] [2]

Later years

A pre-1993 boundary redistribution pushed the seat to the south, [1] [2] adding Liberal-friendly suburbs to the south of the Adelaide city centre for the first time while removing Labor suburbs in the north-east, resulting in Liberal Trish Worth holding the seat for eleven years, albeit on slender margins.

Kate Ellis regained Adelaide for Labor in 2004 on a 1.3 percent margin from a two percent two-party swing. Ellis increased her margin to 8.5 percent in 2007, before falling to 7.7 percent in 2010 and to 4.0 percent in 2013, before increasing to 4.7 percent in 2016.

In 2016, the major party vote was suppressed in all eleven state seats in the presence of Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) candidates in all eleven South Australian seats. Though Labor picked up a two-party swing in all eleven, the NXT presence produced a result where Kingston ended up as the only South Australian seat to record an increase, however small, to the primary vote of a particular major party. Additionally, Adelaide was the only seat of the state's eleven where the Greens vote increased, while also producing both the highest Green vote and the lowest NXT vote in the state. This is in contrast to 2007 where the Xenophon Senate ticket polled higher in Adelaide than in most other seats. [3]

2018 redistribution and next election

Labor incumbent Kate Ellis announced in March 2017 that she would step down from the Labor shadow cabinet in the following months and would not re-contest her seat at the end of the parliamentary term. [4] The 2018 South Australian federal redistribution saw the seat of Adelaide lose all of its inner-eastern suburbs and a couple of its southern suburbs, while gaining a long strip of western suburbs spanning the entire north-south length of the seat. These changes saw the Labor margin increase significantly from 4.7 percent to a notional 9.0 percent. [5] In July 2018, Steve Georganas, the Labor member for neighbouring Hindmarsh, sought and won preselection for Adelaide at the 2019 election, yielding his former seat to fellow Labor MP Mark Butler, the member for abolished Port Adelaide. [6]

Members

ImageMemberPartyTermNotes
  Charles Kingston.jpg Charles Kingston
(1850–1908)
Protectionist 16 December 1903
11 May 1908
Previously held the Division of South Australia. Died in office
  E. A. Roberts (cropped).jpg Ernest Roberts
(1868–1913)
Labor 13 June 1908
2 December 1913
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Gladstone. Served as minister under Fisher. Died in office
  Edwin Yates.jpg George Edwin Yates
(1871–1959)
Labor 10 January 1914
13 December 1919
Lost seat
  Reginald Blundell.jpg Reginald Blundell
(1871–1945)
Nationalist 13 December 1919
16 December 1922
Previously held the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Adelaide. Lost seat
  Edwin Yates.jpg George Edwin Yates
(1871–1959)
Labor 16 December 1922
19 December 1931
Lost seat
  Fred Stacey.jpg Fred Stacey
(1879–1964)
United Australia 19 December 1931
21 August 1943
Lost seat
  Cyril Chambers.png Cyril Chambers
(1898–1975)
Labor 21 August 1943
19 September 1957
Served as minister under Chifley. Retired
  Independent 19 September 1957 –
16 June 1958
  Labor 16 June 1958 –
14 October 1958
  Joe Sexton.png Joe Sexton
(1905–1974)
Labor 22 November 1958
26 November 1966
Lost seat
  Andrew Jones.png Andrew Jones
(1944–2015)
Liberal 26 November 1966
25 October 1969
Lost seat
  Chris Hurford 1970.png Chris Hurford
(1931–2020)
Labor 25 October 1969
31 December 1987
Served as minister under Hawke. Resigned in order to become Australian Consul-General in New York
  No image.svg Mike Pratt
(1948–)
Liberal 6 February 1988
24 March 1990
Lost seat
  No image.svg Bob Catley
(1942–)
Labor 24 March 1990
13 March 1993
Lost seat
  No image.svg Trish Worth
(1946–)
Liberal 13 March 1993
9 October 2004
Lost seat
  Kate Ellis.jpg Kate Ellis
(1977–)
Labor 9 October 2004
11 April 2019
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
  Steve Georganas crop.JPG Steve Georganas
(1959–)
Labor 18 May 2019
present
Previously held the Division of Hindmarsh. Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: Adelaide [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labor Steve Georganas 43,16340.27+1.20
Liberal Shaun Osborn38,75336.16+3.60
Greens Barbara Pocock16,85315.72+5.75
United Australia Antonio Rea3,4793.25+3.25
Animal Justice Deanna Kangas2,8942.70+1.23
Democrats Chris James2,0391.90+1.90
Total formal votes107,18196.30+0.18
Informal votes4,1183.70−0.18
Turnout 111,29991.52+1.73
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Steve Georganas 62,36258.18−0.12
Liberal Shaun Osborn44,81941.82+0.12
Labor hold Swing −0.12

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Notes

  1. 1 2 ABC profile for Adelaide: 2013
  2. 1 2 Historic electoral maps: Australian election statistics - compiled by multiple sources
  3. 2007 SA Senate vote by seat: AEC
  4. "Kate Ellis, Labor frontbencher, to quit politics at next federal election". ABC News . Australia. 9 March 2017.
  5. Green, Antony. "2017-18 Federal Redistribution - South Australia". ABC News . Australia.
  6. "Steve Georganas and Mark Butler composite". ABC News . Australia. 18 July 2018.
  7. Adelaide, SA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

Coordinates: 34°54′25″S138°36′07″E / 34.907°S 138.602°E / -34.907; 138.602