Electoral district of Bright

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with the electoral district of Bright highlighted
Electoral district of Bright (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1985
MP David Speirs
Party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Namesake Charles Bright
Electors 24,381 (2014)
Area 22.8 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 35°2′30″S 138°30′35″E / 35.04167°S 138.50972°E / -35.04167; 138.50972Coordinates: 35°2′30″S 138°30′35″E / 35.04167°S 138.50972°E / -35.04167; 138.50972

Bright is an electorate for the South Australian House of Assembly. It is named after Charles Bright, at various times South Australian Supreme Court Judge, Flinders University Chancellor, Health Commission Chairman, and Electoral Boundaries Commission Chairman. The seat covers southern coastal suburbs of Adelaide including Brighton, North Brighton, South Brighton, Hallett Cove, Hove, Kingston Park, Marino, Seacliff, Seacliff Park, and part of Somerton Park.

The electorate was created at the 1983 redistribution, to replace the abolished seat of Brighton, as a marginal Liberal seat with a notional one percent two-party margin. However, it was won by the Labor's Derek Robertson at the 1985 election, before being won by Liberal Wayne Matthew at the 1989 election. He held the seat until his retirement at the 2006 election. Liberal shadow minister Angus Redford left the South Australian Legislative Council to contest the seat but was defeated by Labor's Chloë Fox from a 14.4 percent swing, the largest in the state, amidst a statewide landslide averaging a 7.7 percent swing.

In recent years, Bright's boundaries have been frequently altered by the Electoral Commission of South Australia in order to produce "fairer" electoral boundaries. In these cases, a shift of a few kilometres along O'Halloran Hill can significantly alter the seat's political landscape. Moving the seat to the south shifts the margin in favour of Labor, while moving it to the north benefits the Liberals. As evidence of this, the redistribution ahead of the 2010 election pared Fox's margin from a safe 9.2 percent to a fairly safe 6.6 percent.[1] At that election, the Liberals picked up a 6.2 percent swing, just short of picking up the seat, with Labor retaining the seat on a 0.4 percent margin, making Bright Labor's most marginal seat following the election. Liberal David Speirs won the seat from a 3.7 percent swing at the 2014 election.

Members for Bright[edit]

Member Party Term
  Derek Robertson Labor 1985–1989
  Wayne Matthew Liberal 1989–2006
  Chloë Fox Labor 2006–2014
  David Speirs Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Bright[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Speirs 10,780 48.5 +4.6
Labor Chloë Fox 8,491 38.2 −4.0
Greens Jamie Ryan 2,081 9.4 +1.5
Family First Steve Price 852 3.8 +0.9
Total formal votes 22,204 97.8 +0.8
Informal votes 488 2.2 −0.8
Turnout 22,692 93.1 −0.4
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal David Speirs 11,829 53.3 +3.7
Labor Chloë Fox 10,375 46.7 −3.7
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +3.7