Electoral district of Morialta

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Morialta highlighted
Electoral district of Morialta (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 2002
MP John Gardner
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Electors 25,375 (2014)
Area 168.3 km2 (65.0 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°52′55″S 138°46′24″E / 34.88194°S 138.77333°E / -34.88194; 138.77333Coordinates: 34°52′55″S 138°46′24″E / 34.88194°S 138.77333°E / -34.88194; 138.77333

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[edit]

Member Party Term
  Joan Hall Liberal Party of Australia 2002–2006
  Lindsay Simmons Australian Labor Party 2006–2010
  John Gardner Liberal Party of Australia 2010–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Morialta[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Gardner 12,419 54.1 +8.5
Labor Clare Scriven 7,162 31.2 −8.1
Greens Scott Andrews 2,033 8.9 +0.9
Family First Sue Neal 1,357 5.9 +1.5
Total formal votes 22,971 96.9 −0.2
Informal votes 740 3.1 +0.2
Turnout 23,711 93.4 −0.7
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal John Gardner 13,793 60.0 +7.3
Labor Clare Scriven 9,178 40.0 −7.3
Liberal hold Swing +7.3