Electoral district of Finniss

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of South Australia with electoral district of Finniss highlighted
Electoral district of Finniss (green) in South Australia
State South Australia
Created 1993
MP Michael Pengilly
Party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Namesake B.T. Finniss
Electors 24,557 (2014)
Area 5,875 km2 (2,268.4 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
Coordinates 35°40′32″S 137°38′26″E / 35.67556°S 137.64056°E / -35.67556; 137.64056Coordinates: 35°40′32″S 137°38′26″E / 35.67556°S 137.64056°E / -35.67556; 137.64056

Finniss is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It is named after B. T. Finniss, the first Premier of South Australia. It covers a 5,875 km² regional area which includes Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula, and the towns of Kingscote, Middleton, Mount Compass, Penneshaw, Port Elliot, Sellicks Beach, Victor Harbor and Yankalilla.

Finniss has been a very safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia since its creation at the 1991 electoral redistribution as a replacement for the equally safe Alexandra. It was contested for the first time at the 1993 election by newly elected Liberal leader Dean Brown, who had returned to parliament after a seven-year absence by winning the 1992 Alexandra state by-election. Brown had little difficulty winning Finniss, and subsequently became Premier after the election. Brown was later toppled as Premier by Liberal rival John Olsen in 1996, and was initially expected to retire, but remained in parliament as a senior member of consecutive Liberal ministries and shadow ministries, and served as deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2001 to 2005--the first six months of that tenure as Deputy Premier. Brown retired at the 2006 election, and was succeeded by Liberal candidate Michael Pengilly, who held off a concerted attempt by the SA Nationals to take the seat.

The seat is located almost entirely within the equally safe federal seat of Mayo.

Members for Finniss[edit]

Member Party Term
  Dean Brown Liberal 1993–2006
  Michael Pengilly Liberal 2006–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Finniss[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Michael Pengilly 11,674 52.9 +1.4
Labor Melanie Smart 5,166 23.4 −6.8
Greens Moira Jenkins 2,883 13.1 +4.5
Family First Bruce Hicks 2,361 10.7 +2.1
Total formal votes 22,084 97.1 −0.6
Informal votes 648 2.9 +0.6
Turnout 22,732 92.6 −0.6
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Michael Pengilly 14,086 63.8 +2.6
Labor Melanie Smart 7,998 36.2 −2.6
Liberal hold Swing +2.6