Division of Boothby
Australian House of Representatives Division
Boothby (dark green) in the city of Adelaide
|Area||130 km2 (50.2 sq mi)|
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.
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.
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. 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.
|David Gordon||Commonwealth Liberal||1911–1913|
|Jack Duncan-Hughes||Liberal Union||1922–1925|
|Grenfell Price||United Australia||1941–1943|
|(Sir) John McLeay||Liberal||1949–1966|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Boothby|
|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|
- Profile of the Electoral Division of Boothby, 4 January 2011, Australian Electoral Commission.
- Map of the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Boothby, 2004, reprinted 2007, Australian Electoral Commission.
- Mike Sexton (19 November 2007). "Star ALP candidate battles for Boothby". ABC 7:30 Report. Retrieved 2008-11-09.