Electoral district of Flinders
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Flinders (green) in South Australia
|Party||Liberal Party of Australia (SA)|
|Area||58,901 km2 (22,741.8 sq mi)|
|Electoral District map|
Flinders is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. It is named after explorer Matthew Flinders, who was responsible for charting most of the state's coastline. It is a 58,901 km² coastal rural electorate encompassing the Eyre Peninsula and the coast along the Nullarbor Plain, based in and around the city of Port Lincoln and contains the District Councils of Ceduna, Cleve, Elliston, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Streaky Bay and Wudinna; as well as the localities of Fowlers Bay, Nullarbor and Yalata in the Pastoral Unincorporated Area. The seat was expanded in 2002 to include a western strip of land all the way to the Western Australia border.
Flinders is the only one of the original 17 electorates to be contested at every election. Created as a single-member electorate in 1857, it was a dual-member electorate 1862–1875, 1884–1902 and 1915–1938, and a three-member electorate 1875–1884 and 1902–1915.
A single-member electorate since 1938, it was held by Edward Craigie of the Single Tax League from 1938 to 1941. Since then it has been a safe rural conservative electorate, although Labor came close with a 46.5 percent two-party vote at the 1962 election. Members have typically held the seat for 10 to 20 years. The seat fell to the rival conservative SA Nationals in 1973, with Peter Blacker representing Flinders from 1973 to 1993, but he was defeated when Kangaroo Island was briefly included in Flinders, and without the advantages of incumbency, was unable to regain the seat when Kangaroo Island was removed four years later. It has since remained a safe Liberal seat.
Members for Flinders
|W. J. Browne||1860–1862|
|Alfred Watts||1862–1866||Charles Lindsay||1862–1865|
|Alfred Watts||1868–1875||W. R. Mortlock||1868–1870|
|W. R. Mortlock||1871–1875|
|P. B. Coglin||1875–1881||John Williams||1875–1878||Ebenezer Cooke||1875–1882|
|W. R. Mortlock||1878–1884|
|P. B. Coglin||1882–1884|
|Andrew Tennant||1884–1887||John Moule||1884–1896|
|W. T. Mortlock||1896–1899|
|W. T. Mortlock||1901–1902|
|Richard Foster||National League||1902–1904||David McKenzie||1902–1905||Thomas Burgoyne||National League||1902–1904|
|Farmers and Producers||1904–1906||Farmers and Producers||1904–1906|
|A. H. Inkster||1905–1906|
|John Travers||Liberal and Democratic||1906–1910||Liberal and Democratic||1906–1907||Liberal and Democratic||1906–1910|
|E. H. Warren||Farmers and Producers||1907–1910|
|James O'Loghlin||Labor||1910–1912||James Moseley||Liberal Union||1910–1915||Liberal Union||1910–1915|
|John Travers||Liberal Union||1912–1915|
|John Travers||Liberal Union||1915–1918||James Moseley||Liberal Union||1915–1923|
|Edward Coles||Country Party||1927–1928|
|Edward Craigie||Single Tax||1930–1938|
|Liberal and Country||1932–1933|
|Arthur Christian||Liberal and Country||1933–1938|
|Edward Craigie||Single Tax||1938–1941|
|Rex Pearson||Liberal and Country||1941–1951|
|Glen Pearson||Liberal and Country||1951–1970|
|John Carnie||Liberal and Country||1970–1973|
|Peter Blacker||Nationals SA||1973–1993|
|Total formal votes||19,892||97.0||−0.6|
- Electoral District of Flinders (Map). Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.
- State Election Results – District Results for Flinders, ECSA.
- ECSA profile for Flinders: 2018
- ABC profile for Flinders: 2018
- Poll Bludger profile for Flinders: 2018
- "Parliamentary Electorates". The Adelaide Chronicle. 5 April 1902. p. 33 – via Trove.