Division of Adelaide
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Area||76 km2 (29.3 sq mi)|
The Division of Adelaide is an Australian electoral division in South Australia and is named for the city of Adelaide, South Australia's capital. The 76 km² seat is centred on the Adelaide city centre and spans from Grand Junction Road in the north to Cross Road in the south and from Portrush Road in the east to South Road in the west, taking in suburbs including Ashford, Clarence Park, Enfield, Goodwood, Kent Town, Keswick, Kilburn, Maylands, Northgate, Norwood, Parkside, Prospect, Rose Park, St Peters, Toorak Gardens, Unley and Walkerville.
The division of Adelaide was one of seven single-member seats established when the seven-member statewide Division of South Australia was abolished following the inaugural 1901 election. For the first 40 years after Federation, it was one of the few Federation seats in the state that regularly changed hands between the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. Despite the bellwether-like swinging tendency, unusually the only time Adelaide was obtained by an incoming government was in 1931.
However, Labor held it for all but six years from 1943 to 1993, including a 23-year Labor hold during the Robert Menzies era. For most of the time from 1943 to 1987, it was a fairly safe Labor seat. Labor's hold on the seat loosened slightly in the late 1980s due to pro-Liberal demographic change; it was briefly lost to the Liberals at a 1988 by-election, but regained at the 1990 federal election.
The seat had only originally represented the Adelaide city centre and nearby inner north suburbs up to Regency Road in Prospect for most of its first century. However, a pre-1993 boundary redistribution pushed the seat slightly to the south, adding Liberal-friendly suburbs to the south of the Adelaide city centre for the first time while removing Labor suburbs in the north-east. Liberal Trish Worth won the seat in 1993 and held it until 2004, albeit on slender margins. Kate Ellis regained Adelaide for Labor in 2004 on a two percent two-party swing to a margin of 1.3 percent. The Labor margin increased to 8.5 percent in 2007 before falling to 7.7 percent in 2010 and to 4.0 percent in 2013.
|Fred Stacey||United Australia||1931–1943|
|Family First||Adrian Rivish||1,832||1.92||−0.45|
|Animal Justice||Matt Tidswell||1,292||1.35||+1.35|
|Liberal Democrats||Tyrone Lock||1,030||1.08||+1.08|
|Total formal votes||95,544||96.84||+0.80|
- Australian federal election, 2016
- Results of the Australian federal election, 2016 (South Australia)
- ABC profile for Adelaide: 2016
- Poll Bludger profile for Adelaide: 2016
- AEC profile for Adelaide: 2016
- ABC profile for Adelaide: 2013
- Historic electoral maps: Australian election statistics - compiled by multiple sources
- Adelaide, SA, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.