Division of Boothby
Australian House of Representatives Division
Boothby (dark green) in the city of Adelaide
|Area||130 km2 (50.2 sq mi)|
The Division of Boothby is an Australian electoral division in South Australia. The division was one of the seven established when the former Division of South Australia was redistributed on 2 October 1903 and is named for William Boothby (1829–1903), the Returning Officer for the first federal election.
The 130 km² seat currently extends from Clarence Gardens and Urrbrae in the north to Marino and part of Happy Valley in the south, including the suburbs of Aberfoyle Park, Belair, Blackwood, Brighton, Daw Park, Eden Hills, Flagstaff Hill, Marion, Mitcham, Seacliff, St Marys and Panorama.
Before 1949 and the creation of the Division of Sturt, Boothby covered most of the southern and eastern suburbs of Adelaide, and changed hands several times between the Liberal Party of Australia (and it's predecessors) and the Australian Labor Party. The 1949 expansion of parliament saw parts of the southern portion transferred to the newly created Division of Kingston and parts of the eastern portion transferred to the newly created Division of Sturt. The redistribution prior to the 1949 election saw Boothby change from a marginal Labor seat on a 1.8 percent two-party margin to a marginal Liberal seat on a two percent two-party margin, however Boothby became a safe Liberal two-party seat in one stroke with an 11.3 percent two-party margin from a 9.3 percent two-party swing. Boothby was maintained as a Liberal seat on fairly safe to safe two-party margins for half a century.
There was only one substantial redistribution in the past few decades, prior to the 1993 election when Boothby absorbed parts of the abolished Division of Hawker, which saw the Liberal hold on Boothby reduced from a safe 10.7 two-party margin to a marginal notional 4.5 percent two-party margin, however the Liberals won the seat on a fairly safe 7.8 percent two-party margin, and retained the seat as fairly safe to safe at future elections. Today Boothby extends from Mitcham and Belair in the east to Brighton and Seacliff in the west.
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 5.4 percent two-party margin. Labor's Nicole Cornes reduced the Liberals to a 2.9 percent two-party margin at the 2007 election, while Labor's Annabel Digance reduced the Liberals to just a 0.75 percent two-party margin. However, Boothby became a fairly safe Liberal seat again at the 2013 election.
Boothby's most prominent members were Sir John McLeay, who was Speaker 1956-66, his son John, Jr., a minister in the Fraser government, and former state premier Steele Hall. Boothby has been held by Andrew Southcott since the 1996 election.
|David Gordon||Commonwealth Liberal||1911–1913|
|Jack Duncan-Hughes||Liberal Union||1922–1925|
|Grenfell Price||United Australia||1941–1943|
|(Sir) John McLeay||Liberal||1949–1966|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Boothby|
|Family First||Natasha Edmonds||3,683||3.91||+1.09|
|Palmer United||Sally Cox||2,835||3.01||+3.01|
|Total formal votes||94,307||96.52||+1.24|
- Profile of the Electoral Division of Boothby, 4 January 2011, Australian Electoral Commission.
- Map of the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Boothby, 2004, reprinted 2007, Australian Electoral Commission.