Electoral district of Stuart
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Stuart (green) in South Australia
|Dates current||1938–1993, 1997–present|
|MP||Dan van Holst Pellekaan|
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Namesake||John McDouall Stuart|
|Area||338,475 km2 (130,685.9 sq mi)|
Stuart is an electorate for the South Australian House of Assembly. At 338,475 km², it covers the northeast part of the state extending from just north of the Barossa Valley all the way to the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales borders. The seat's main population centre is Port Augusta, however the seat spans from Kapunda, 80km north of Adelaide, up to the state borders, and includes the agricultural areas of Orroroo, Peterborough, Jamestown, Burra, Morgan and Leigh Creek. Stuart is the second-largest electorate by area in South Australia.
The electorate is named after John McDouall Stuart, who pioneered a route across through this area from the settled areas in the south to the port of Darwin in the north. This route later became the path of the overland telegraph and then The Ghan railway.
The electorate was created in the 1936 redistribution—taking effect at the 1938 elections—but did not exist between 1993 and 1997 when the name was revived.
Graham Gunn held his seat in the 2006 election by just 233 votes after distribution of preferences. He retired at the 2010 election, when he was succeeded by Liberal candidate Dan van Holst Pellekaan. He received the largest swing in the state at the 2014 election.
Members for Stuart
|First incarnation 1938–1993|
|Second incarnation 1997–|
|Dan van Holst Pellekaan||Liberal||2010–present|
|South Australian state election, 2014: Stuart|
|Liberal||Dan van Holst Pellekaan||13,806||65.7||+13.3|
|Family First||Sylvia Holland||1,128||5.4||+0.8|
|Total formal votes||21,020||97.5||+0.4|
|Liberal||Dan van Holst Pellekaan||14,812||70.5||+12.8|