Electoral district of Adelaide
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Adelaide (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Namesake||Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen|
|Area||23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi)|
Adelaide is an electorate for the South Australian House of Assembly. The 23.4 km² state seat of Adelaide currently consists of the Adelaide city centre and suburbs in the inner north and inner north east: North Adelaide, Walkerville, Gilberton, Medindie, Medindie Gardens, Thorngate, Fitzroy, Ovingham, most of Prospect up to Regency Road, and parts of Collinswood and Nailsworth. The boundaries have been the same for the past three elections. The federal division of Adelaide covers the state seat of Adelaide and additional suburbs in each direction.
The electorate's name comes from the city which it encompasses, which is named after Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, the German born Queen consort of the King of England, King William IV. Originally the seat of City of Adelaide from 1857 to 1862, Adelaide was created from the seats of East Adelaide and West Adelaide as a four-seat multi-member district, surrounded by the other two metropolitan districts of 13 seats total being Torrens and Port Adelaide, from the 1902 election. Adelaide became a three-member district from the 1915 election, and then changed from a multi-member to single-member seat upon the introduction of the Playmander from the 1938 election.
A significant redistribution in 1983 saw the Labor two-party vote reduced from 66 percent to 47 percent, transforming it from a safe Labor seat to a notional marginal Liberal seat in one stroke. However, Labor retained the seat at the 1985 election, albeit as the most marginal seat in parliament, before the Liberals won Adelaide for the first time at the 1989 election as a marginal seat. The Liberal high-tide in Adelaide occurred at the landslide 1993 election with a safe 64.1 percent two-party vote, however it once again became a marginal Liberal seat at the 1997 election. Adelaide was regained by Labor at the 2002 election as a marginal seat, one of two gains that assisted Labor in forming government, and became a safe Labor seat at the landslide 2006 election on a 60.2 percent two-party vote, before the Liberals won Adelaide for the second time at the 2010 election as a marginal seat. The Liberals retained Adelaide at the 2014 election on a marginal 52.4 (−1.8) percent two-party vote.
Members for Adelaide
|Four-member electorate (1902–1915)|
|Lewis Cohen||National League||1902–1906||Bill Denny||Independent Liberal||1902–1905||Hugh Dixson||1902–1905||Johann Scherk||1902–1905|
|William David Ponder||Labor||1905–1915||Ernest Roberts||Labor||1905–1908||James Zimri Sellar||Labor||1905–1906|
|Edward Alfred Anstey||Labor||1908–1915|
|Three-member electorate (1915–1938)|
|Bill Denny||Labor||1915–1933||Reginald Blundell||Labor||1915–1917||John Gunn||Labor||1915–1917|
|Parliamentary Labor||1931–1933||Martin Collaton||Lang Labor||1931–1932|
|Doug Bardolph||Lang Labor||1933–1934||Bob Dale||Lang Labor||1933–1933||Tom Howard||Lang Labor||1933–1933|
|SA Lang Labor||1933–1934||SA Lang Labor||1933–1934|
|South Australian state election, 2014: Adelaide|
|Dignity for Disability||Anna Tree||748||3.5||+1.6|
|Total formal votes||21,654||98.0||+1.8|
- The 13 electorates from 1902 to 1915: The Adelaide Chronicle
- "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.
- 2014 State Election Results – Adelaide, ECSA.
- 2014 State Election Results – Adelaide, ABC.
- ABC profile for Adelaide: 2014
- ECSA profile for Adelaide: 2014
- Poll Bludger profile for Adelaide: 2014