Division of Adelaide

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This article is about the Australian federal electorate. For the South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of Adelaide. For the historical South Australian state electorate, see Electoral district of City of Adelaide.
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division Adelaide in South Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1903
MP Kate Ellis
Party Labor
Namesake Adelaide, South Australia
Electors 109,211 (2016)
Area 76 km2 (29.3 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

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 in 1990.

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 to the south,[1][2] adding Liberal-friendly suburbs to the south of the Adelaide city centre for the first time while removing Labor suburbs in the north-east, resulting in Liberal Trish Worth holding the seat for eleven years, albeit on slender margins.

Kate Ellis regained Adelaide for Labor in 2004 on a 1.3 percent margin from a two percent two-party swing. Ellis has held the seat since, with the margin increasing to 8.5 percent in 2007, before falling to 7.7 percent in 2010 and to 4.0 percent in 2013, before increasing to 4.7 percent in 2016.

In 2016, the major party vote was suppressed in all eleven state seats in the presence of Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) candidates in all eleven South Australian seats. Though Labor picked up a two-party swing in all eleven, the NXT presence produced a result where Kingston ended up as the only South Australian seat to record an increase, however small, to the primary vote of a particular major party. Additionally, Adelaide was the only seat of the state's eleven where the Greens vote increased, while also producing both the highest Green vote and the lowest NXT vote in the state. This is in contrast to 2007 where the Xenophon Senate ticket polled higher in Adelaide than in most other seats.[3]

Ellis announced on 9 March 2017 that she would step down from the Labor shadow cabinet at a reshuffle in the near future, and would retire from parliament at the next federal election.[4]


Member Party Term
  Charles Kingston Protectionist 1903–1908
  Ernest Roberts Labour 1908–1913
  George Edwin Yates Labor 1914–1919
  Reginald Blundell Nationalist 1919–1922
  George Edwin Yates Labor 1922–1931
  Fred Stacey United Australia 1931–1943
  Cyril Chambers Labor 1943–1957
  Independent 1957–1958
  Labor 1958–1958
  Joe Sexton Labor 1958–1966
  Andrew Jones Liberal 1966–1969
  Chris Hurford Labor 1969–1988
  Mike Pratt Liberal 1988–1990
  Bob Catley Labor 1990–1993
  Trish Worth Liberal 1993–2004
  Kate Ellis Labor 2004–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Adelaide[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Colovic 34,809 36.43 −5.63
Labor Kate Ellis 34,325 35.93 −6.33
Xenophon Joe Hill 12,283 12.86 +12.86
Greens Sophie Guy 9,973 10.44 +0.32
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
Informal votes 3,118 3.16 −0.80
Turnout 98,662 90.34 −2.13
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Kate Ellis 52,219 54.65 +0.70
Liberal David Colovic 43,325 45.35 −0.70
Labor hold Swing +0.70

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Coordinates: 34°54′25″S 138°36′07″E / 34.907°S 138.602°E / -34.907; 138.602