Electoral district of Unley
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Unley (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Area||13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)|
Unley is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after the suburb of the same name, it is a 13 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's inner south, taking in the suburbs of Eastwood, Frewville, Fullarton, Glenside, Glenunga, Highgate, Hyde Park, Malvern, Myrtle Bank, Parkside, Unley, Unley Park as well as parts of Glen Osmond, Goodwood, Millswood and Wayville.
Unley was created in 1938 as a conservative seat. It was first contested at the 1938 state election, where it was held by conservatives until 1962, when Gil Langley captured the seat for the Australian Labor Party. He was replaced by Kym Mayes in 1982, a state government minister, until the 1993 election where he was swept away in a Liberal landslide by Liberal member Mark Brindal. Subsequent eastward redistributions have shifted Unley back into a fairly safe Liberal seat.
Brindal, a minister in the government of John Olsen, relinquished preselection of Unley prior to the 2006 state election, contesting instead the electoral district of Adelaide held by the then Minister for Education, Jane Lomax-Smith. Despite a statewide Labor landslide, David Pisoni narrowly won with a 51 percent two-party vote despite a challenge from Unley mayor and Labor candidate Michael Keenan.
Members for Unley
|Colin Dunnage||Liberal and Country League||1941–1962|
|Gil Langley||Australian Labor Party||1962–1982|
|Kym Mayes||Australian Labor Party||1982–1993|
|Mark Brindal||Liberal Party of Australia||1993–2006|
|David Pisoni||Liberal Party of Australia||2006–present|
|South Australian state election, 2014: Unley|
|Dignity for Disability||Joanne Blesing||854||3.9||+3.9|
|Total formal votes||22,076||98.2|