Electoral district of Port Adelaide

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This article is about the South Australian state electorate. For the federal electorate, see Division of Port Adelaide.
Port Adelaide
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Port Adelaide highlighted
Electoral district of Port Adelaide (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Dates current 1857–1970, 2002–present
MP Susan Close
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Port Adelaide
Electors 25,700 (2014)
Area 91.3 km2 (35.3 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°48′13″S 138°33′15″E / 34.80361°S 138.55417°E / -34.80361; 138.55417Coordinates: 34°48′13″S 138°33′15″E / 34.80361°S 138.55417°E / -34.80361; 138.55417

Port Adelaide is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after Port Adelaide because of its geographical location, it is a 91.3 km² urban electorate on Adelaide's Lefevre Peninsula and stretches east toward Adelaide's northern suburbs. It contains a mix of seaside residential areas, wasteland and industrial regions. It includes the suburbs of Cavan, Dry Creek, Gillman, Globe Derby Park, Green Fields, Largs North, Mawson Lakes, North Haven, Osborne, Ottoway, Outer Harbor, Taperoo and Wingfield as well as parts of Gepps Cross, Pooraka, Port Adelaide and Rosewater.

Port Adelaide has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district. It was first used as a district in the Legislative Council, from 1851 until 1856. From 1856 onwards, it became one of 17 House of Assembly districts using multi-member representation. The seat became a single member district from the 1938 election onward, held continuously by Labor until the district's abolition prior to the 1970 election. From then until the 2002 election, the area was served by the electoral district of Semaphore and the electoral district of Hart.

The seat was recreated in 2002, and has been a comfortably safe Labor seat since then. The member for Hart, deputy premier and state treasurer Kevin Foley, followed most of his constituents into the recreated seat and held it easily. At the 2006 election, Foley increased his margin from 21.7 percent to 25.7 percent, and gained a majority in all booths. A 2012 Port Adelaide by-election occurred on 11 February as a result of Foley's resignation from parliament. Susan Close retained the seat for Labor.

Port Adelaide was also the name of an electoral district of the unicameral South Australian Legislative Council from 1851 until its abolition in 1857.[1]


First incarnation 1857–1970
Term Member 1 Member 2
1857–1858 John Hart, Sr. John Bristow Hughes
1858–1859 Edward Collinson
vacant until March
1860–1862 William Owen Patrick Boyce Coglin
1862–1865 John Hart, Sr.
1865–1866 David Bower
1866–1868 Jacob William Smith
1868–1870 Henry Hill
1870–1871 William Quin Henry Kent Hughes
1871–1875 John James Duncan
1875–1880 William Quin David Bower
1880–1881 John Hart, Jr.
1881–1887 William Mattinson
1887–1893 George Feltham Hopkins
1893–1902 William Archibald Ivor MacGillivray Member 3
1902–1905 Thomas Henry Brooker
1905–1910 Henry Chesson
1910–1915 Thompson Green
1915–1918 John Price
two members from 1915
1918–1924 John Stanley Verran
1924–1925 Francis Joseph Condon
1925–1927 John Stanley Verran
1927–1933 John Jonas Thomas Thompson
1933–1938 James Stephens Albert Thompson
Term Member Party
1938–1959   James Stephens Australian Labor Party
1959–1970   John Ryan Australian Labor Party
Second incarnation 2002–
Term Member Party
2002–2011   Kevin Foley Australian Labor Party
2012–present   Susan Close Australian Labor Party

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Port Adelaide[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Susan Close 11,760 51.8 +2.0
Liberal Brad Vermeer 7,330 32.3 +5.4
Greens Mark Seater 1,815 8.0 +1.6
Family First Bruce Hambour 1,783 7.9 +2.1
Total formal votes 22,688 96.6 +0.0
Informal votes 800 3.4 −0.0
Turnout 23,488 91.4 −1.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Susan Close 13,745 60.6 −2.1
Liberal Brad Vermeer 8,943 39.4 +2.1
Labor hold Swing −2.1


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