Electoral district of Hartley

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For the former New South Wales state electorate, see Electoral district of Hartley (New South Wales).
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Hartley highlighted
Electoral district of Hartley (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1977
MP Vincent Tarzia
Party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Namesake John Anderson Hartley
Electors 23,921 (2014)
Area 15.5 km2 (6.0 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°53′43″S 138°39′56″E / 34.89528°S 138.66556°E / -34.89528; 138.66556Coordinates: 34°53′43″S 138°39′56″E / 34.89528°S 138.66556°E / -34.89528; 138.66556

Hartley is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It is named after John Anderson Hartley, a public servant responsible for creating much of South Australia's public education system. It is a 15.5 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's east, taking in the suburbs of Auldana, Campbelltown, Felixstow, Glynde, Hectorville, Kensington Gardens, Magill, Rosslyn Park and Tranmere, as well as parts of Paradise and Payneham.

Hartley was created at the electoral redistribution of 1976 as a marginal Labor seat, and was first contested at the 1977 state election by then Deputy Premier Des Corcoran, who had moved from the more marginal seat of Coles after a redistribution erased Labor's majority there. He was succeeded by Terry Groom. The 1991 redistribution erased Groom's majority and made the seat marginally Liberal. Believing this made Hartley unwinnable, Groom tried to gain preselection for a safer seat, only to be turned down. He resigned from the Labor Party and served out the rest of his term as an independent. The seat subsequently fell to Groom's 1989 challenger, Joe Scalzi at the 1993 election amid that year's massive Liberal landslide. Scalzi was nearly defeated at the 1997 election, in which his margin was reduced to a paper-thin 0.7 percent, making Hartley the Liberals' most marginal seat--a status that remained unchanged in 2002 as Labor won government. Scalzi was swept away amidst the landslide Labor victory at the 2006 election, conceding defeat to Labor's Grace Portolesi, and failed to regain the seat at the 2010 election. A redistribution saw Labor's majority reduced from an already-marginal 2.3 percent to a paper-thin 0.1 percent. Liberal Vincent Tarzia defeated Labor's Portolesi at the 2014 election.

Members for Hartley[edit]

Member Party Term
  Des Corcoran Labor 1977–1982
  Terry Groom Labor 1982–1991
  Independent 1991–1993
  Joe Scalzi Liberal 1993–2006
  Grace Portolesi Labor 2006–2014
  Vincent Tarzia Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Hartley[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Vincent Tarzia 10,118 47.3 +4.3
Labor Grace Portolesi 8,539 39.9 −1.7
Greens Paul Birkwood 1,804 8.4 +0.9
Family First David Maegraith 939 4.4 +1.2
Total formal votes 21,400 97.3 +1.2
Informal votes 595 2.7 −1.2
Turnout 21,995 91.9 −0.6
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Vincent Tarzia 11,217 52.4 +2.6
Labor Grace Portolesi 10,183 47.6 −2.6
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +2.6