Electoral district of Light

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Light Electoral District SA 2014.png
Electoral district of Light (green) in South Australia
State South Australia
Dates current 1857–1902, 1938–present
MP Tony Piccolo
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Colonel William Light
Electors 23,842 (2014)
Area 459.7 km2 (177.5 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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.[1] 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)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Bagot 1857–1865   Carrington Smedley 1857–1857
  William Maturin 1858–1858
  David Shannon 1858–1860
  Francis Dutton 1860–1862
  John Rowe 1862–1862
  Francis Dutton 1862–1865
  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
  James White 1871–1871
  Mountifort Connor 1871–1873
  Randolph Stow 1873–1875
Three members (1875–1884)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  James White 1875–1881   David Nock 1875–1878   Jenkin Coles 1875–1878
  James Shannon 1878–1881   Frank Carroll 1878–1878
  David Moody 1878–1881
  Jenkin Coles 1881–1884   Henry Moyle 1881–1884   Robert Dixson 1881–1884
Two members (1884–1902)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  Jenkin Coles 1884–1902   David Moody 1884–1887
  Paddy Glynn 1887–1890
  James W. White 1890–1896
  David Moody 1896–1899
  Friedrich Paech 1899–1902
Single-member (1938–present)
Member Party Term
  Richard Layton Butler Liberal and Country 1938–1938
  Herbert Michael Liberal and Country 1939–1941
  Sydney McHugh Labor 1941–1944
  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
  Liberal 1974–1993
  Malcolm Buckby Liberal 1993–2006
  Tony Piccolo Labor 2006–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Light[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Tony Piccolo 9,919 46.2 −0.2
Liberal Cosie Costa 9,011 42.0 +1.5
Family First Wendy Rose 1,355 6.3 +2.1
Greens Terry Allen 1,193 5.6 +0.2
Total formal votes 21,478 97.3 +0.8
Informal votes 592 2.7 −0.8
Turnout 22,070 92.6 −0.4
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tony Piccolo 11,334 52.8 −0.0
Liberal Cosie Costa 10,144 47.2 +0.0
Labor hold Swing −0.0