Electoral district of Norwood

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
State South Australia
Created 1938
Abolished 2014
Namesake Norwood, South Australia

Norwood is a former electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It was a 14.2 km² inner urban electorate in Adelaide and was named after its geographical area. Besides Norwood itself, the electorate included the suburbs of Beulah Park, College Park, Evandale, Firle, Hackney, Joslin, Kent Town, Marden, Maylands, Payneham South, Royston Park, St Morris, St Peters, Stepney, Trinity Gardens and Vale Park, as well as parts of Kensington, Klemzig and Payneham.

Norwood was created as an electoral district in 1938, and was usually a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party a number of times. The electorate is synonymous with former Premier of South Australia Don Dunstan, who held the seat from 1953 until 1979 (and after who the district was renamed in a 2012 redistribution).

In 1979 and 1980, Norwood voters notably went to the ballot box three times within 12 months; first at the March 1979 by-election following Dunstan's resignation, then the September 1979 state election, and again at the February 1980 by-election which resulted from a court decision invalidating the election result.

From 1979 until 1993 (with a short break from September 1979 to February 1980), the seat was held by prominent Labor minister Greg Crafter, who is now Australian head of the International Baccalaureate Organization and the University of Adelaide alumni organization. In the shadow of the collapse of the State Bank of South Australia, the Liberals, through John Cummins, reclaimed the seat at the 1993 state election in a landslide. Cummins was defeated by Labor's Vini Ciccarello at the 1997 state election with a 1.5% margin. At the 2002 state election, the margin was whittled down to 0.5% but was increased to 4.2% at the 2006 state election. Ciccarello was defeated in the 2010 state election by Liberal candidate Steven Marshall following a large swing, and this marked the first time in the seat's history that Labor had been in government without holding the seat of Norwood.

The Electoral Commission of South Australia's 2012 redistribution included renaming the seat to Dunstan which took effect from 15 March 2014.[1][2]

Members for Norwood[edit]

Member Party Term
  Frank Nieass Australian Labor Party 1938–1941
  Roy Moir Liberal and Country League 1941–1944
  Frank Nieass Australian Labor Party 1944–1947
  Roy Moir Liberal and Country League 1947–1953
  Don Dunstan Australian Labor Party 1953–1979
  Greg Crafter Australian Labor Party 1979–1979
  Frank Webster Liberal Party of Australia 1979–1980
  Greg Crafter Australian Labor Party 1980–1993
  John Cummins Liberal Party of Australia 1993–1997
  Vini Ciccarello Australian Labor Party 1997–2010
  Steven Marshall Liberal Party of Australia 2010–2014

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2010: Norwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Steven Marshall 9,844 46.3 +5.7
Labor Vini Ciccarello 7,184 33.8 -8.1
Greens Katie McCusker 2,498 11.8 +3.0
Save the RAH Philip Harding 489 2.3 +2.3
Family First Paul Theofanous 413 1.9 -0.7
Dignity for Disability Rick Neagle 392 1.8 +0.5
Gamers 4 Croydon David Egge 258 1.2 +1.2
Fair Land Tax Pamela Anders 177 0.8 +0.8
Total formal votes 21,255 96.4
Informal votes 746 3.6
Turnout 22,001 91.7
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Steven Marshall 11,667 54.9 +8.8
Labor Vini Ciccarello 9,588 45.1 -8.8
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +8.8


  1. ^ "Dunstan could become a seat". NineMSN. 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 Final Redistribution Order". Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission Reports (pdf). Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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