Division of Boothby

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Boothby.png
Boothby (dark green) in the city of Adelaide
Created 1903
MP Andrew Southcott
Party Liberal
Namesake William Boothby
Electors 103,987 (2013)
Area 130 km2 (50.2 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.


Member Party Term
  Lee Batchelor Labor 1903–1911
  David Gordon Commonwealth Liberal 1911–1913
  George Dankel Labor 1913–1916
  National Labor 1916–1917
  Nationalist 1917–1917
  William Story Nationalist 1917–1922
  Jack Duncan-Hughes Liberal Union 1922–1925
  Nationalist 1925–1928
  John Price Labor 1928–1931
  United Australia 1931–1941
  Grenfell Price United Australia 1941–1943
  Thomas Sheehy Labor 1943–1949
  (Sir) John McLeay Liberal 1949–1966
  John McLeay Liberal 1966–1981
  Steele Hall Liberal 1981–1996
  Andrew Southcott Liberal 1996–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Boothby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Andrew Southcott 47,484 50.35 +6.08
Labor Annabel Digance 29,018 30.77 −4.81
Greens Stephen Thomas 11,287 11.97 −1.46
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
Informal votes 3,400 3.48 −1.24
Turnout 97,707 93.92 +1.96
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Andrew Southcott 53,866 57.12 +6.50
Labor Annabel Digance 40,441 42.88 −6.50
Liberal hold Swing +6.50


  1. ^ Profile of the Electoral Division of Boothby, 4 January 2011, Australian Electoral Commission.
  2. ^ Map of the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Boothby, 2004, reprinted 2007, Australian Electoral Commission.


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Coordinates: 35°00′43″S 138°35′46″E / 35.012°S 138.596°E / -35.012; 138.596