Division of Boothby

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Boothby.png
Boothby (dark green) in the city of Adelaide
Created 1903
MP Andrew Southcott
Party Liberal
Namesake William Boothby
Electors 103,987 (2013)
Area 130 km2 (50.2 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Boothby is an Australian electoral division in South Australia. The division was one of the seven established when the former Division of South Australia was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for William Boothby (1829–1903), the Returning Officer for the first federal election.[1]

The 130 km² seat currently extends from Clarence Gardens and Urrbrae in the north to Marino and part of Happy Valley in the south, including the suburbs of Aberfoyle Park, Belair, Blackwood, Brighton, Daw Park, Eden Hills, Flagstaff Hill, Marion, Mitcham, Seacliff, St Marys and Panorama.


Before 1949 and the creation of the Division of Sturt, Boothby covered most of the southern and eastern suburbs of Adelaide, and changed hands several times between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. This changed with the 1949 expansion of parliament, which saw most of its southern portion transferred to the newly created Division of Kingston, leaving the affluent south-eastern and gulfside suburbs in Boothby. It has been in the hands of the Liberal Party since then. From 1949 to 2001, it was generally one of the safest metropolitan seats for the Liberals. However, from the 2004 election onward it become increasingly marginal until the 2013 election. Today it extends from Mitcham and Belair in the east to Brighton and Seacliff in the west.[2]

The seat has been held by Andrew Southcott since 1996. Its most prominent members were Sir John McLeay, who was Speaker 1956-66, his son John, Jr., a minister in the Fraser government, and former state premier Steele Hall.

The seat of Boothby gained national prominence in 2007 when the then opposition Labor Party preselected Nicole Cornes, an Advertiser columnist and wife of popular former footballer Graham Cornes.[3] Her bid for the seat was unsuccessful, though Southcott saw his two-party vote decrease to 52.9 percent. Labor's Annabel Digance reduced Southcott's two-party vote to 50.75 percent in 2010 making it the most marginal South Australian seat. Southcott increased his two-party vote to 57.1 percent in 2013.


Member Party Term
  Lee Batchelor Labor 1903–1911
  David Gordon Commonwealth Liberal 1911–1913
  George Dankel Labor 1913–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1917
  William Story Nationalist 1917–1922
  Jack Duncan-Hughes Liberal Union 1922–1925
  Nationalist 1925–1928
  John Price Labor 1928–1931
  United Australia 1931–1941
  Grenfell Price United Australia 1941–1943
  Thomas Sheehy Labor 1943–1949
  (Sir) John McLeay Liberal 1949–1966
  John McLeay Liberal 1966–1981
  Steele Hall Liberal 1981–1996
  Andrew Southcott Liberal 1996–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Boothby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Andrew Southcott 47,484 50.35 +6.08
Labor Annabel Digance 29,018 30.77 −4.81
Greens Stephen Thomas 11,287 11.97 −1.46
Family First Natasha Edmonds 3,683 3.91 +1.09
Palmer United Sally Cox 2,835 3.01 +3.01
Total formal votes 94,307 96.52 +1.24
Informal votes 3,400 3.48 −1.24
Turnout 97,707 93.92 +1.96
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Andrew Southcott 53,866 57.12 +6.50
Labor Annabel Digance 40,441 42.88 −6.50
Liberal hold Swing +6.50


  1. ^ Profile of the Electoral Division of Boothby, 4 January 2011, Australian Electoral Commission.
  2. ^ Map of the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Boothby, 2004, reprinted 2007, Australian Electoral Commission.
  3. ^ Mike Sexton (19 November 2007). "Star ALP candidate battles for Boothby". ABC 7:30 Report. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 


Coordinates: 35°00′43″S 138°35′46″E / 35.012°S 138.596°E / -35.012; 138.596