Electoral district of Frome

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of South Australia with electoral district of Frome highlighted
Electoral district of Frome (green) in South Australia
State South Australia
Dates current 1884–1902,
MP Geoff Brock
Party Independent
Namesake Edward Charles Frome
Electors 25,228 (2014)
Area 8,266 km2 (3,191.5 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
Coordinates 33°44′16″S 138°20′18″E / 33.73778°S 138.33833°E / -33.73778; 138.33833Coordinates: 33°44′16″S 138°20′18″E / 33.73778°S 138.33833°E / -33.73778; 138.33833

Frome is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia.[1] It is named after Edward Charles Frome, the third surveyor-general of South Australia. The electorate is seated in the industrial city of Port Pirie and the agriculture areas of Clare and Gilbert Valleys. It covers a total of 8,266 km² and takes in the towns of Auburn, Clare, Crystal Brook, Mintaro, Port Broughton, Port Pirie, Saddleworth, Snowtown and Riverton.

Frome has existed in three incarnations throughout the history of the House of Assembly: as a multi-member marginal electorate from 1884 to 1902, as a single member electorate in a multi member electoral system from 1938 to 1977, and as a marginal to moderately safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia since 1993.

The first incarnation was, like the rest of the state, independent-held until the development of the party system until in the 1890s. The two seats were split evenly with a conservative and a liberal member from 1890 until the seat's abolition in 1902.

The second incarnation began in 1938 after the introduction of the Playmander. The electorate was dominated by the Labor-voting town of Port Pirie as a single member seat. The seat was won by Mick O'Halloran, who served as Opposition Leader from 1949 until his death in 1960. After the end of the Playmander which saw all electorates hold approximately the same number of voters, Frome took in more rural areas around Port Pirie, and was lost by Labor to the Liberal and Country League, until the abolition of the seat in 1977.

The third incarnation saw the seat revived at the 1991 redistribution as a marginal seat, which took in Port Pirie and surrounding rural areas. It was first contested at the 1993 election and was won by Liberal candidate Rob Kerin.

The seats of Pirie and Port Pirie have also historically existed.

Kerin chose to retire in November 2008, which triggered a January 2009 Frome by-election. The seat was won by independent Geoff Brock after a very close preference contest in which Brock finish second place by 30 votes, with the Liberals in front and Labor coming third. Brock received sufficient preferences from the eliminated Labor candidate to prevail over the Liberal candidate by over 600 votes, or 51.7 percent of the two-candidate preferred vote. He increased his primary and two-candidate vote significantly at the 2010 election, and the Labor candidate notably won the two-party preferred vote against the Liberal candidate by 30 votes on 50.1 percent.

The 2012 redistribution saw the two-party-preferred margin in Frome go from 0.1 percent Labor to 1.7 percent Liberal.[2] Brock retained the seat at the 2014 election and again increased his margin.

Members for Frome[edit]

First incarnation (1884–1902, two members)
Member1 Party Term Member2 Party Term
  Ebenezer Ward 1884–1890   William Copley 1884–1887
  Laurence O'Loughlin Liberal 1890–1902   Clement Giles 1887–1891
  Defence League 1891–1896
  National League 1896–1902
Second incarnation (1938–1977)
Member Party Term
  Mick O'Halloran Labor 1938–1960
  Tom Casey Labor 1960–1970
  Ernest Allen Liberal and Country 1970–1974
  Liberal 1974–1977
Third incarnation (1993–present)
Member Party Term
  Rob Kerin Liberal 1993–2008
  Geoff Brock Independent 2009–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Frome[3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Geoff Brock 10,342 45.2 +10.1
Liberal Kendall Jackson 8,217 35.9 −2.7
Labor Marcus Connelly 2,598 11.3 −7.1
Family First Wendy Joyce 1,156 5.1 +1.9
Greens Rob Scott 578 2.5 −0.6
Total formal votes 22,891 97.6 +0.3
Informal votes 566 2.4 −0.3
Turnout 23,457 93.0 −1.8
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Kendall Jackson 60.8 +9.1
Labor Marcus Connelly 39.2 −9.1
Two-candidate-preferred result
Independent Geoff Brock 13,451 58.8 +2.1
Liberal Kendall Jackson 9,440 41.2 −2.1
Independent hold Swing +2.1