Division of Port Adelaide

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Port Adelaide
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of PORT ADELAIDE 2016.png
Division of Port Adelaide in South Australia, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Mark Butler
Party Labor
Namesake Port Adelaide
Electors 113,342 (2016)
Area 181 km2 (69.9 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Port Adelaide is an Australian electoral division in the state of South Australia. The 181 km² seat extends from St Kilda in the north to Grange Road and Findon in the south with part of Salisbury to the east. Suburbs include Alberton, Beverley, Birkenhead, Cheltenham, Findon, Kilkenny, Largs Bay, Mansfield Park, North Haven, Ottoway, Parafield Gardens, Paralowie, Pennington, Port Adelaide, Queenstown, Rosewater, Salisbury Downs, Semaphore, Woodville, West Croydon, and part of Seaton. The seat also includes Torrens Island and Garden Island.

The seat was named after the suburb of Port Adelaide, the working port of Adelaide. Before 1949, most of the seat had been part of Hindmarsh, which moved south as a result of Port Adelaide's creation. The seat was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 federal election. For most of its history, it has been a comfortably safe Labor seat. The closest Labor has ever come to losing it was at the 1988 by-election, where Labor candidate Rod Sawford won on a 5.2 percent two-party margin. The two-party margin currently stands, after the 2016 vote, at 20.72 percent, making it the safest Labor seat in the state and one of the safest Labor seats in the nation. Port Adelaide remains the only electorate in South Australia to have voted Labor at every federal election in its existence.

The seat was pushed slightly northward in 2004 with the abolition of the other safe Labor seat in northern Adelaide, Bonython. A few southern portions of Bonython transferred to Port Adelaide, however the majority of Bonython was transferred to Wakefield which contributed to Wakefield's change from a rural safe Liberal seat to a hybrid urban-rural notional marginal Labor seat.

A notable curiosity in recent years was that in the 1998 and 2001 federal elections, the seat was the only one in Australia where a Communist Party candidate, Michael Perth, stood for election. This was the only occasion when the Liberal Party did not preference the One Nation Party last. He achieved about one percent of the vote on each occasion.

Sawford retired at the 2007 election, which saw South Australian Labor's historically safe seat easily won by the newly endorsed Labor candidate, unionist and former head of the Left state Labor faction Mark Butler.


Member Party Term
  Albert Thompson Labor 1949–1963
  Fred Birrell Labor 1963–1974
  Mick Young Labor 1974–1988
  Rod Sawford Labor 1988–2007
  Mark Butler Labor 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2016: Port Adelaide
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Mark Butler 45,653 48.32 −2.26
Xenophon Michael Slattery 17,711 18.86 +18.86
Liberal Emma Flowerdew 17,566 18.59 −7.73
Greens Matthew Carey 6,552 6.94 -1.67
Family First Bruce Hambour 4,384 4.64 -2.88
Animal Justice Janine Clipstone 2,024 2.14 +2.14
Christian Democrats Jenalie Slat 583 0.62 +0.62
Total formal votes 94,473 94.71 +0.91
Informal votes 5,275 5.29 -0.91
Turnout 99,748
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Mark Butler 66,815 70.72 +6.70
Liberal Emma Flowerdew 27,658 29.28 -6.70
Labor hold Swing +6.70

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Coordinates: 34°46′37″S 138°32′46″E / 34.777°S 138.546°E / -34.777; 138.546