South Australian state election, 1993

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South Australian state election, 1993
South Australia
1989 ←
11 December 1993 (1993-12-11)
→ 1997

All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
24 seats were needed for a majority
11 (of the 22) seats in the South Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party
 
Leader Dean Brown Lynn Arnold
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since 11 May 1992 4 September 1992
Leader's seat Finniss Ramsay
Last election 22 seats 22 seats
Seats won 37 seats 10 seats
Seat change Increase15 Decrease12
Percentage 61.0% 39.0%
Swing Increase9.1 Decrease9.1

Premier before election

Lynn Arnold
Labor

Elected Premier

Dean Brown
Liberal

State elections were held in Australia on 11 December 1993. All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Australian Labor Party led by Premier of South Australia Lynn Arnold was defeated by the Liberal Party of Australia led by Leader of the Opposition Dean Brown.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 93.57% (CV) — Informal 3.10%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal Party of Australia 481,623 52.80 +8.60 37 +15
  Australian Labor Party 277,038 30.37 -9.72 10 -12
  Australian Democrats 82,942 9.09 -1.18 0 0
  Nationals SA 10,157 1.11 -0.07 0 -1
  Independent Labor 6,225 0.68 -0.83 0 -2
  Independents 28,498 3.12 +1.89 0 0
  Other 25,612 2.81 0 0
  Total 912,095     47
  Liberal Party of Australia WIN 61.00 +9.10 37 +14
  Australian Labor Party 39.00 -9.10 10 -14


Background[edit]

The campaign was dominated by the issue of the collapse of the State Bank of South Australia in 1992. The State Bank's deposits were legally underwritten by the Government of South Australia, putting South Australia into billions of dollars of debt. Labor premier John Bannon had resigned over the issue, being replaced by Lynn Arnold just over a year before the election. Following the leadership change and by early 1993, Newspoll had recorded a total rise of 13 percent in the Labor primary vote, but gains were not permanent, with a landslide win to the Liberal opposition led by Dean Brown.[1]

A 1994 Torrens by-election saw Labor take the seat from the Liberals. The 1994 Elizabeth by-election and 1994 Taylor by-election saw Labor retain both seats.

Post-election pendulum[edit]

For pendulums and maps, see List of elections in South Australia.
LABOR SEATS (10)
Marginal
Napier Annette Hurley ALP 1.1%
Ross Smith Ralph Clarke ALP 2.1%
Giles Frank Blevins ALP 2.4%
Playford John Quirke ALP 2.7%
Fairly safe
Elizabeth Martyn Evans ALP 7.6%
Spence Michael Atkinson ALP 7.7%
Taylor Lynn Arnold ALP 8.0%
Hart Kevin Foley ALP 8.5%
Ramsay Mike Rann ALP 9.9%
Safe
Price Murray De Laine ALP 11.0%
Very safe
LIBERAL SEATS (37)
Marginal
Lee Joe Rossi LIB 1.1%
Hanson Stewart Leggett LIB 1.2%
Reynell Julie Greig LIB 1.2%
Kaurna Lorraine Rosenberg LIB 2.8%
Elder David Wade LIB 3.4%
Wright Scott Ashenden LIB 4.0%
Peake Heini Becker LIB 5.6%
Frome Rob Kerin LIB 5.7%
Fairly safe
Chaffey Kent Andrew LIB 6.3% vs NAT
Eyre Graham Gunn LIB 6.5%
Torrens Joe Tiernan LIB 6.5%
Norwood John Cummins LIB 7.5%
Flinders Liz Penfold LIB 7.8% vs NAT
Mitchell Colin Caudell LIB 9.4%
Mawson Robert Brokenshire LIB 9.6%
Safe
Davenport Iain Evans LIB 10.2% vs AD
Florey Sam Bass LIB 10.4%
Colton Steve Condous LIB 10.5%
Unley Mark Brindal LIB 11.5%
Hartley Joe Scalzi LIB 13.2%
Adelaide Michael Armitage LIB 14.1%
Coles Joan Hall LIB 15.9%
Light Malcolm Buckby LIB 16.4%
Newland Dorothy Kotz LIB 17.4%
Bright Wayne Matthew LIB 19.0%
Very safe
Fisher Bob Such LIB 20.7%
Morphett John Oswald LIB 21.9%
Gordon Harold Allison LIB 22.2%
Goyder John Meier LIB 23.3%
Kavel John Olsen LIB 24.3%
Finniss Dean Brown LIB 24.4%
Custance Ivan Venning LIB 24.5%
Heysen David Wotton LIB 24.5%
Ridley Peter Lewis LIB 25.1%
Waite Stephen Baker LIB 26.7% vs AD
MacKillop Dale Baker LIB 27.7%
Bragg Graham Ingerson LIB 28.7%
Metro SA: ALP in red, Liberal in blue. These boundaries are based on the 2006 electoral redistribution.
Rural SA: ALP in red, Liberal in blue. These boundaries are based on the 2006 electoral redistribution.


Legislative Council results[edit]

1993 Legislative Council result (STV GV)
Party Seats
  Liberal Party of Australia 51.8% 6
  Australian Labor Party 27.4% 4
  Australian Democrats 8.0% 1
  SA Greens 1.7%
  Nationals SA 0.7%
1993-1997 Legislative Council
Party Seats
  Liberal Party of Australia 11
  Australian Labor Party 9
  Australian Democrats 2

In the Legislative Council, Liberal won 6 seats, Labor 4, and the Australian Democrats 1. This left the total upper house numbers at Liberals 11, Labor 9, Democrats 2.

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