|Dr Andrew Southcott|
|Member of the Australian Parliament
2 December 1996 – 9 May 2016
|Preceded by||Steele Hall|
|Succeeded by||Nicolle Flint|
15 October 1967 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Spouse(s)||Kate Southcott (née Simpson)|
|Alma mater||Flinders University
University of Adelaide
Andrew John Southcott (born 15 October 1967) is an Australian politician and medical practitioner. He was the Liberal member for the House of Representatives seat of Boothby from the 1996 election until he stood down at the 2016 election.
He studied medicine at University of Adelaide and was a medical practitioner before entering politics, serving as an intern and surgical trainee at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and as a surgical registrar at the Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park. While in office he has completed a Bachelor of Economics at Flinders University and a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Adelaide.
Southcott joined the party in 1989 while serving as president of the Adelaide Medical Students Society. He defeated Senate leader and future Defence Minister Robert Hill, a moderate, in a pre-selection battle for the seat of Boothby in 1994. Southcott is from the conservative faction of the Liberal Party of Australia.
|Election in Boothby||1996||1998||2001||2004||2007||2010||2013|
|First preference %||53.4||48.2||47.9||50.6||46.3||44.8||51.1|
At the 2004 election, despite a solid national two-party swing and vote to the Liberals, Boothby became a marginal Liberal seat for the first time in over half a century, with Labor's Chloë Fox reducing the Liberals to a marginal 5.4 percent two-party margin. Labor's Nicole Cornes reduced the Liberals to a marginal 2.9 percent two-party margin at the 2007 election, while at the 2010 election Labor's Annabel Digance reduced the Liberals to just a 0.75 percent two-party margin (638 votes), which put Boothby ahead of neighbouring Sturt as the most marginal seat in South Australia. However, Boothby became a fairly safe Liberal seat again at the 2013 election.
Southcott was chair of the Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties from 2003 until 2007.
Following the Coalition's defeat at the 2007 election, Southcott was appointed by party leader Brendan Nelson to the Outer Shadow Ministry as Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, and Apprenticeships and Training.
After the ascendancy of Tony Abbott at the 2009 Liberal leadership ballot, Southcott was dropped from the Outer Shadow Ministry and demoted to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services, Health and Wellbeing. Following the 2010 election, Southcott was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare.
Following the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop, Southcott ran for the position of Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives in August 2015 but was unsuccessful.
On 4 September 2015, Southcott announced his parliamentary retirement as of the 2016 election, and would resume his medical career. Southcott said his decision not to re-contest Boothby was "completely unrelated" to being unsuccessful in running for the Speakership. The Liberals pre-selected doctoral student and newspaper columnist Nicolle Flint as their candidate in Boothby at the 2016 election.
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- Coalition Shadow Ministry as at 22 September 2008, http://www.liberal.org.au/documents/CoaShadMinList.pdf
- Meet the candidates vying for the big chair: ABC 8 August 2015
- Tony Smith replaces Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker: Financial Review 10 August 2015
- "Liberal MP Andrew Southcott to stand down at next election". The Guardian. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- Veteran South Australian MP Andrew Southcott won't stand at next election: ABC 4 September 2015
- Liberals announce Nicolle Flint as Boothby candidate in SA to replace veteran Andrew Southcott: ABC 1 November 2015
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Boothby