Division of Grey

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Grey 2013.png
Grey (dark green) in the state of South Australia
Created 1903
MP Rowan Ramsey
Party Liberal
Namesake Sir George Grey
Electors 100,749 (2013)
Area 904,881 km2 (349,376.5 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

The Division of Grey 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 Sir George Grey, who was Governor of South Australia from 1841–45 (and later Prime Minister of New Zealand).

The division covers the rural mid-north and north of South Australia, with a size of 904,881 square kilometres (349,377 sq mi) spanning 92% of the state. The borders of the electorate include the Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales borders, in addition to much of the southern coastal border. The electorate spans to Marion Bay and Eudunda in the south. The main population centres of the electorate include Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy, Port Pirie, Kadina, Maitland, Orroroo, Peterborough, Burra and Eudunda.

Grey was held by Labor for much of its history, and was one of the few country seats where Labor usually did well. It remained in Labor hands from 1943 to 1993, except for one Liberal win at the landslide 1966 election. For most of that time, it was a fairly safe Labor seat, though it was almost lost in the Coalition landslides of 1975 and 1977.

This changed in 1993, when Liberal Barry Wakelin became the fifth non-Labor member to win it, and only the second in 50 years. This happened even as Labor was re-elected to another term; it was the first time at an election that Labor won government without winning Grey. Wakelin was re-elected with a large swing in 1996, and since then the decline in the mining and pastoral vote has made it a fairly safe Liberal seat. While Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie still tilt Labor--as they have for more than a century--they are not enough to overcome the increasing conservative lean in the rest of the seat. The Liberals consolidated their hold on the seat ahead of the 2004 election with the addition of the Yorke Peninsula and the state's upper east, both historically strongly conservative areas, from the heavily redistributed seat of Wakefield. The Liberals suffered a nine-point swing at the 2007 election, but Wakelin's successor, Rowan Ramsey, was still able to retain it on 54 percent of the two-party vote. The seat became secure for the Liberals once again after Ramsey picked up a large swing in 2010 which he consolidated in 2013. It is now the second-safest Coalition seat in South Australia; Labor needs a 13-point swing to win it.


Member Party Term
  Alexander Poynton Labour 1903–1916
  National Labor 1917–1917
  Nationalist 1916–1922
  Andrew Lacey Labor 1922–1931
  Philip McBride United Australia 1931–1937
  Oliver Badman Country 1937–1940
  United Australia 1940–1943
  Edgar Russell Labor 1943–1963
  Jack Mortimer Labor 1963–1966
  Don Jessop Liberal 1966–1969
  Laurie Wallis Labor 1969–1983
  Lloyd O'Neil Labor 1983–1993
  Barry Wakelin Liberal 1993–2007
  Rowan Ramsey Liberal 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Grey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rowan Ramsey 49,334 55.65 −0.16
Labor Ben Browne 24,205 27.30 −3.76
Family First Cheryl Kaminski 4,878 5.50 +0.14
Palmer United Kristian Rees 4,457 5.03 +5.03
Greens Alison Sentance 3,289 3.71 −4.06
Independent Greg Fidge 2,488 2.81 +2.81
Total formal votes 88,651 94.60 −0.05
Informal votes 5,063 5.40 +0.05
Turnout 93,714 93.02 −0.53
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Rowan Ramsey 56,330 63.54 +2.38
Labor Ben Browne 32,321 36.46 −2.38
Liberal hold Swing +2.38



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Coordinates: 29°36′14″S 135°27′14″E / 29.604°S 135.454°E / -29.604; 135.454