Electoral district of Giles

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of South Australia with electoral district of Giles highlighted
Electoral district of Giles (green) in South Australia
State South Australia
Created 1993
MP Eddie Hughes
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Ernest Giles
Electors 22,712 (2014)
Area 493,365 km2 (190,489.3 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
Coordinates 29°39′S 133°52′E / 29.650°S 133.867°E / -29.650; 133.867Coordinates: 29°39′S 133°52′E / 29.650°S 133.867°E / -29.650; 133.867

Giles is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. The largest electorate in the state, named after explorer Ernest Giles, covers a 493,365 km² swathe of South Australian outback. Its main population centre is the industrial town of Whyalla on the far south-east border of the seat which represents half of the seat's voters. The remaining half covers significant areas of pastoral leases and Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal land stretching to the Western Australian and Northern Territory borders, taking in the remote towns of Andamooka, Coober Pedy, Hawker, Iron Knob, Kimba, Quorn, Roxby Downs and Woomera. Giles also has a far north mobile booth.

Giles was created at the 1991 electoral redistribution to replace the abolished seat of Whyalla. It covered an area that had traditionally been a Labor stronghold, with support for the party being particularly strong in the city of Whyalla as well as in remote mining towns and indigenous communities. Sitting Labor MP for Whyalla and incumbent government minister Frank Blevins won his seat at the 1989 election with a safe 10.9 percent two-party margin. However, upon the creation of Giles, the margin was slashed in half to a notionally marginal 5.2 percent two-party margin. Labor suffered a swing in Giles at the 1993 election landslide, reduced to a 2.4 percent two-party margin for Labor successor Lyn Breuer. She subsequently increased Labor to a fairly safe to safe margin at subsequent elections before resigning from politics at the 2014 election, with Labor candidate Eddie Hughes retaining the seat.

Members for Giles[edit]

Member Party Term
  Frank Blevins Labor 1993–1997
  Lyn Breuer Labor 1997–2014
  Eddie Hughes Labor 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Giles[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Eddie Hughes 9,800 51.4 −1.2
Liberal Bernadette Abraham 7,134 37.4 +8.1
Family First Cheryl Kaminski 1,196 6.3 +0.3
Greens Alison Sentance 942 4.9 −7.2
Total formal votes 19,072 97.0 +0.6
Informal votes 581 3.0 −0.6
Turnout 19,653 86.5 −1.6
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Eddie Hughes 10,877 57.0 −4.9
Liberal Bernadette Abraham 8,195 43.0 +4.9
Labor hold Swing −4.9