Electoral district of Light
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Light (green) in South Australia
|Dates current||1857–1902, 1938–present|
|Party||Australian Labor Party|
|Namesake||Colonel William Light|
|Area||459.7 km2 (177.5 sq mi)|
Light is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It is named after Colonel William Light who was the first Surveyor-General of South Australia. The electorate was created in 1857, abolished at the 1902 election and recreated at the 1938 election. Covering a total area of 459.7 km², Light consists of Gawler, surrounding areas and rural areas to the north, extending south of the Gawler River through to the far outer metropolitan suburbs of Munno Para West and parts of Munno Para Downs. It is classed as a rural seat.
A redistribution prior to the 2002 election saw the fairly safe Liberal seat become marginal. The 2006 election saw the seat fall to Labor for the first time in 62 years, won by Tony Piccolo. At the 2010 election he increased his margin against the state-wide trend and became the first Labor member to be re-elected to Light. A redistribution prior to the 2014 election saw Labor's margin significantly reduced from 5.3 percent to 2.8 percent however Labor again retained the seat on an unchanged margin.
|Two members (1857–1875)|
|John Bagot||1857–1865||Carrington Smedley||1857–1857|
|Patrick Coglin||1865–1868||John Rounsevell||1865–1868|
|John Hart Sr.||1868–1870||William Lewis||1868–1870|
|Edward Hamilton||1870–1871||James Pearce||1870–1875|
|Three members (1875–1884)|
|James White||1875–1881||David Nock||1875–1878||Jenkin Coles||1875–1878|
|James Shannon||1878–1881||Frank Carroll||1878–1878|
|Jenkin Coles||1881–1884||Henry Moyle||1881–1884||Robert Dixson||1881–1884|
|Two members (1884–1902)|
|Jenkin Coles||1884–1902||David Moody||1884–1887|
|James W. White||1890–1896|
|Richard Layton Butler||Liberal and Country||1938–1938|
|Herbert Michael||Liberal and Country||1939–1941|
|Herbert Michael||Liberal and Country||1944–1956|
|George Hambour||Liberal and Country||1956–1960|
|Leslie Nicholson||Liberal and Country||1960–1962|
|John Freebairn||Liberal and Country||1962–1970|
|Bruce Eastick||Liberal and Country||1970–1974|
|South Australian state election, 2014: Light|
|Family First||Wendy Rose||1,355||6.3||+2.1|
|Total formal votes||21,478||97.3||+0.8|
- "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.
- 2014 State Election Results – Light, ECSA.
- 2014 State Election Results – Light, ABC.