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 (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1970
MP Leon Bignell
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
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 most of the outer southern suburbs of the City of Onkaparinga, including Hackham, Hackham West, Huntfield Heights, Noarlunga Downs, Old Noarlunga, Onkaparinga Hills and Seaford Heights, the regional shopping centre area at Noarlunga Centre, parts of Woodcroft, and the southern wine region around McLaren Vale and Willunga.

The electorate was created in the 1969 redistribution, taking effect at the 1970 election. 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 the 2002 election, when Robert Brokenshire held the seat for the Liberals 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, when Labor candidate and former journalist Leon Bignell won amid that year's massive Labor landslide. Bignell went on to increase his seat margins at the 2010 and 2014 elections against the statewide trend, at odds with decades of voting patterns in the electorate.

The 2016 redistribution ahead of the 2018 election heavily redistributed Mawson from a 5.6 percent Labor seat to a notional 3.2 percent Liberal seat, taking in areas down the coast as far as and including Kangaroo Island.[1]

Members for Mawson[edit]

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

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Mawson[2][3]
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