Electoral district of Morialta
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Morialta (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Area||168.3 km2 (65.0 sq mi)|
Morialta is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Morialta is derived from a Kaurna Aboriginal word "mariyatala", with "mari" meaning east and "yertala" meaning water. The land used by the Morialta Conservation Park was traditionally occupied by the Kaurna people.
It is an 168.3 km2 electorate in Adelaide's eastern metropolitan area and foothills, taking in the suburbs of Athelstone, Castambul, Cherryville, Cudlee Creek, Marble Hill, Montacute, Newton, Norton Summit, Paracombe, Rostrevor, Teringie and Woodforde, as well as parts of Ashton, Basket Range, Chain of Ponds, Dernancourt, Highbury, Horsnell Gully, Inglewood, Lenswood, Millbrook and Paradise.
Morialta was the new name adopted in 2002 for the old electorate of Coles, which was first created in 1970 and represented over the years by several distinguished MPs, including former Dunstan Attorney General Len King and former Premier Des Corcoran. Morialta was contested at the 2002 state election, where it was won by Liberal minister Joan Hall on a margin of 4.1 percent, suffering a 2.4 percent swing. The boundary redistribution prior to the 2006 state election saw the Liberal margin decline by approximately 0.7 percent. Hall was thought likely to again hold the seat with a reduced margin, but was defeated by Labor candidate Lindsay Simmons amidst a statewide landslide, receiving an 11.2 percent post-redistribution two-party preferred swing to finish with a 7.9 percent margin. However, the 2010 state election saw the seat swing 11.1 percent back to the Liberals, with candidate John Gardner defeating Simmons on a margin again of 4.1 percent.
Members for Morialta
|Joan Hall||Liberal Party of Australia||2002–2006|
|Lindsay Simmons||Australian Labor Party||2006–2010|
|John Gardner||Liberal Party of Australia||2010–present|
|South Australian state election, 2014: Morialta|
|Family First||Sue Neal||1,357||5.9||+1.5|
|Total formal votes||22,971||96.9||−0.2|
- ABC profile for Morialta: 2014
- ECSA profile for Morialta: 2014
- Poll Bludger profile for Morialta: 2014