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. From the 1943 election to 1993 election, Labor held it as a marginal to fairly safe seat except for one Liberal win at the landslide 1966 election. Grey underwent a significance redistribution prior to the 1993 election, such as including the Yorke Peninsula and the state's upper east, reducing Labor from a fairly safe 6.5 percent two-party margin to a marginal two percent two-party margin. The redistribution combined with the decline of the mining and pastoral Labor vote has made it a fairly safe to safe Liberal seat since the 1996 election onward, with one exception where it was a marginal Liberal seat following the 2007 election.


Member Party Term
  Alexander Poynton Labor 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



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