Electoral district of Torrens

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Torrens highlighted
Electoral district of Torrens (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Dates current 1902–1915,
MP Dana Wortley
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Robert Richard Torrens
Electors 23,294 (2014)
Area 18.8 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°51′50″S 138°39′35″E / 34.86389°S 138.65972°E / -34.86389; 138.65972Coordinates: 34°51′50″S 138°39′35″E / 34.86389°S 138.65972°E / -34.86389; 138.65972

Torrens is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Located along the River Torrens, and named after Robert Richard Torrens, a 19th-century Premier of South Australia, and also the founder of the "Torrens title" land registration system. Torrens is an 18.8 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's north-east. It includes the suburbs of Greenacres, Hampstead Gardens, Hillcrest, Holden Hill, Northgate, Oakden and Windsor Gardens as well as parts of Dernancourt, Gilles Plains, Hope Valley, Klemzig and Northfield.

Torrens has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district. It was first created in 1902 and abolished in 1915,[1] reinstated in 1938 until 1985 primarily as Liberal Party seat. It was recreated in its current state for the 1993 State election, as a nominally marginal Australian Labor Party seat, but was won for the Liberal Party by Joe Tiernan, following the collapse of the State Bank. Tiernan died while in office in 1994, and Robyn Geraghty reclaimed the seat for Labor at the Torrens by-election with an 8.6 percent swing as budget cuts by Liberal Premier Dean Brown proved unpopular. Former Senator Dana Wortley won the seat for Labor at the 2014 election.

Members for Torrens[edit]

First incarnation (1902–1915, 5 members)
Term Member 1 Party Member 2 Party Member 3 Party Member 4 Party Member 5 Party
1902–1905   John Darling Jr. Aust. Nat. League   John Jenkins Indep. (Lib.)   George Soward Aust. Nat. League   Thomas Price United Labor   Frederick Coneybeer United Labor
1905–1910   Crawford Vaughan United Labor   George Dankel United Labor   Thomas Smeaton United Labor
1910–1912   Thomas Ryan United Labor
1912–1915   Herbert Hudd Liberal Union   Herbert Parsons Liberal Union
Second incarnation (1938–1985, 1 member)
Term Member Party
1938–1944   Shirley Jeffries Liberal and Country League
1944–1947   Herbert Baldock Australian Labor Party
1947–1953   Shirley Jeffries Liberal and Country League
1953–1956   John Travers Liberal and Country League
1956–1973   John Coumbe Liberal and Country League
1973–1977   Liberal Party of Australia
1977–1985   Michael Wilson Liberal Party of Australia
Third incarnation (1993–present)
Term Member Party
1993–1994   Joe Tiernan Liberal Party of Australia
1994–2014   Robyn Geraghty Australian Labor Party
2014–present   Dana Wortley Australian Labor Party

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Torrens[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Dana Wortley 8,959 43.8 −5.9
Liberal Michael Manetta 8,111 39.6 +5.0
Greens Anne Walker 1,853 9.1 +1.0
Family First Owen Hood 1,552 7.6 −0.1
Total formal votes 20,475 96.6 −0.1
Informal votes 727 3.4 +0.1
Turnout 21,202 91.0 −1.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Dana Wortley 10,958 53.5 −4.7
Liberal Michael Manetta 9,517 46.5 +4.7
Labor hold Swing −4.7