A 1983 electoral redistribution turned Fisher into a marginal seat, with much of the old Fisher moving into the safe Liberal seat of Davenport. Evans failed to win Liberal pre-selection for Davenport, but stood as an Independent Liberal at the 1985 election and won the seat, temporarily forcing Dean Brown out of politics.
He nevertheless maintained his Liberal Party membership, as the Liberals did not at that time have a policy for expelling members who opposed endorsed candidates. He then stood in the 1989 election as the endorsed Liberal candidate for Davenport. He retired at the 1993 election, allowing his son Iain Evans to take the seat.
- "Mr Stan Evans". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- Moran, Brendan (June 1986). "Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1985". Australian Journal of Politics and History 32 (2): 291, 293. ISSN 0004-9522.
- "Old irritations play out in vote for Evans". The Adelaide Review (Adelaide, Australia). 2004. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- Robbins, Jane (June 1986). "Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1986". Australian Journal of Politics and History 33 (2): 116. ISSN 0004-9522.
- "Davenport". The Poll Bludger. 2006. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
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