Electoral district of Lee

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Lee highlighted
Electoral district of Lee (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1993
MP Stephen Mullighan
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Mary Lee
Electors 25,971 (2014)
Area 19.7 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°51′31″S 138°29′56″E / 34.85861°S 138.49889°E / -34.85861; 138.49889Coordinates: 34°51′31″S 138°29′56″E / 34.85861°S 138.49889°E / -34.85861; 138.49889

Lee is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after the women's suffrage campaigner Mary Lee, it is a 19.7 km² urban electorate on Adelaide's north-western beaches, taking in the suburbs of Birkenhead, Ethelton, Exeter, Glanville, Largs Bay, New Port, Peterhead, Semaphore, Semaphore Park, Semaphore South, Tennyson, West Lakes and West Lakes Shore, as well as parts of Grange and Seaton.

Lee was created as a fairly safe Labor seat in the 1991 electoral distribution to replace the abolished seat of Albert Park and absorbed half of the abolished seat of Semaphore. The first member for Lee, elected at the 1993 election, was controversial Liberal MP Joe Rossi, holding the most marginal government seat on 1.1 percent. Rossi's election was unexpected but part of a large swing away from Labor throughout the state. The 1997 election saw large swings back to Labor, Rossi's small margin meant he was one of the first to be defeated. Michael Wright reclaimed the seat for Labor.

Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson who contested the 2012 Port Adelaide by-election as an independent contested Lee at the 2014 election.[1] Wright did not re-contest his seat in 2014. Stephen Mullighan retained the seat for Labor on a reduced 4.5 percent two-party margin.

Members for Lee[edit]

Member Party Term
  Joe Rossi Liberal 1993–1997
  Michael Wright Labor 1997–2014
  Stephen Mullighan Labor 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Lee[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Stephen Mullighan 9,418 41.0 −5.8
Liberal Liz Davies 8,216 35.7 +1.5
Independent Gary Johanson 2,581 11.2 +11.2
Greens Jo Seater 1,794 7.8 −0.2
Family First Denis Power 686 3.0 −0.7
Independent Melita Calone 301 1.3 +1.3
Total formal votes 22,996 96.4 +1.1
Informal votes 861 3.6 −1.1
Turnout 23,857 91.9 −1.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Stephen Mullighan 12,530 54.5 −3.2
Liberal Liz Davies 10,466 45.5 +3.2
Labor hold Swing −3.2