Division of Makin

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Makin 2013.png
Makin (dark green) in the city of Adelaide
Created 1984
MP Tony Zappia
Party Labor
Namesake Norman Makin
Electors 102,820 (2013)
Area 130 km2 (50.2 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Makin is an electoral division for the Australian House of Representatives located in the northeastern suburbs of Adelaide. The 130 km² seat covers an area from Little Para River and Gould Creek in the north to Grand Junction Road in the south, including the suburbs of Banksia Park, Fairview Park, Golden Grove, Greenwith, Gulfview Heights, Ingle Farm, Mawson Lakes, Modbury, Para Hills, Para Vista, Pooraka, Redwood Park, Ridgehaven, Salisbury East, Salisbury Heights, St Agnes, Surrey Downs, Tea Tree Gully, Valley View, Vista, Walkley Heights, Wynn Vale, Yatala Vale, and parts of Gepps Cross and Hope Valley.

Established in South Australian redistribution of 3 September 1984 and named after Norman Makin, a former MP and diplomat. It is known as a mortgage belt seat, with a large proportion of the population in the area paying off home loans. In the 2006 census, over 42 percent of the seat's electors had a home mortgage; ranking it 19th highest in Australia's 150 seats.[1]

For most of the first quarter-century of its existence, Makin was a marginal seat held by the party of government. However, Labor's Tony Zappia won the seat at the 2007 election with 57.7 percent of the two-party vote from an 8.6 percent two-party swing, the second strongest result of any party in Makin's history. It was also the biggest swing in the seat's history. At the 2010 election, Zappia technically made it a safe Labor seat with a 62.2 percent two-party vote, the strongest result of any party in Makin's history. Zappia held the seat at the 2013 election with a 55.1 percent two-party vote even as Labor lost government, the third strongest result of any party in Makin's history. Makin thus elected their first opposition MP in the seat's history.


Member Party Term
  Peter Duncan Labor 1984–1996
  Trish Draper Liberal 1996–2007
  Tony Zappia Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Makin
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Tony Zappia 41,873 45.56 −4.70
Liberal Sue Lawrie 34,192 37.20 +6.75
Family First Mark Potter 5,891 6.41 +0.40
Greens Ami Harrison 5,429 5.91 −4.39
Palmer United Andrew Graham 3,818 4.15 +4.15
Katter's Australian Robert Jameson 705 0.77 +0.77
Total formal votes 91,908 95.12 +1.13
Informal votes 4,717 4.88 −1.13
Turnout 96,625 93.97 −0.37
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tony Zappia 50,604 55.06 −6.94
Liberal Sue Lawrie 41,304 44.94 +6.94
Labor hold Swing −6.94


  1. ^ Megalogenis, George. "2006 census, customised tables commissioned by The Australian". The Australian (News Limited). Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2007. 


Coordinates: 34°47′56″S 138°41′56″E / 34.799°S 138.699°E / -34.799; 138.699