Electoral district of Mawson

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Mawson highlighted
Electoral district of Mawson (dark green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1970
MP Leon Bignell
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Sir Douglas Mawson
Electors 23,969 (2014)
Area 248.1 km2 (95.8 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 35°13′30″S 138°33′14″E / 35.22500°S 138.55389°E / -35.22500; 138.55389Coordinates: 35°13′30″S 138°33′14″E / 35.22500°S 138.55389°E / -35.22500; 138.55389

Mawson is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It covers the outer southern suburbs of Woodcroft, Hackham, Hackham West, Huntfield Heights and Noarlunga Downs, as well as the regional shopping centre at Noarlunga as well as the southern wine region around McLaren Vale and Willunga. The latest redistribution saw the electorate lose some of Onkaparinga Hills west of Kimbley Road to Reynell.

The electorate was created in the 1969 redistribution, taking effect at the 1970 elections. It is named after Sir Douglas Mawson, a geologist and explorer who made several expeditions to Antarctica. It was traditionally a bellwether seat, as it was won by the party that subsequently formed government at every election until 2002, when Robert Brokenshire held the seat for the Liberal Party amidst a Labor election victory. Although it was thought that Brokenshire had established a base in Mawson, it reverted to form at the 2006 election, with his defeat by Labor candidate and former journalist Leon Bignell who went on to increase his seat margins at the 2010 and 2014 elections.

Members for Mawson[edit]

Member Party Term
  Don Hopgood Australian Labor Party 1970–1977
  Leslie Drury Australian Labor Party 1977–1979
  Ivar Schmidt Liberal Party of Australia 1979–1982
  Susan Lenehan Australian Labor Party 1982–1993
  Robert Brokenshire Liberal Party of Australia 1993–2006
  Leon Bignell Australian Labor Party 2006–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Mawson[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Leon Bignell 9,666 45.0 −0.8
Liberal Stephen Annells 8,012 37.3 +1.9
Family First Geoff Doecke 1,944 9.1 +1.4
Greens Katie Wright 1,843 8.6 +1.8
Total formal votes 21,465 96.9 +1.1
Informal votes 695 3.1 −1.1
Turnout 22,160 92.5 −1.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Leon Bignell 11,925 55.6 +1.0
Liberal Stephen Annells 9,540 44.4 −1.0
Labor hold Swing +1.0


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