Electoral district of Norwood
South Australia—House of Assembly
|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 having won the seat of Norwood.
Members for Norwood
|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|
|South Australian state election, 2010: Norwood|
|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|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+8.8|
- Poll Bludger profile for Norwood: 2006
- Poll Bludger profile for Norwood: 2010
- ABC profile for Norwood: 2006