Electoral district of Mitchell (South Australia)

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Mitchell highlighted
Electoral district of Mitchell (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1970
MP Corey Wingard
Party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Namesake Sir William Mitchell
Electors 24,185 (2014)
Area 26.8 km2 (10.3 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 35°3′16″S 138°32′4″E / 35.05444°S 138.53444°E / -35.05444; 138.53444Coordinates: 35°3′16″S 138°32′4″E / 35.05444°S 138.53444°E / -35.05444; 138.53444

Mitchell is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the state of South Australia. It was first created in the redistribution of 1969, taking effect at the 1970 election. Mitchell is named after philosopher Sir William Mitchell. Mitchell is located in inner-south western Adelaide, covering 26.8 km² and encompassing the suburbs of Dover Gardens, Old Reynella, Reynella, Seacombe Gardens, Seacombe Heights, Seaview Downs, Sheidow Park, Sturt and Trott Park and parts of Darlington, O'Halloran Hill, Oaklands Park and Warradale. The suburbs contained within the seat in 2010 were completely different as recently as 1989. The 1989 seat centered on Park Holme, north-east of the current incarnation of Mitchell, where much of the seat of Elder is. The 1989 boundary bordered the 2010 boundary in the south-west and north-east respectively.

Mitchell has tended to be a marginal Labor-held seat. While Colin Caudell succeeded in winning the seat for the Liberal Party of Australia for the first time at the 1993 election, he was narrowly defeated by Kris Hanna at the 1997 election. Hanna markedly increased his majority at the 2002 election, but defected to the SA Greens in 2003. He subsequently left the Greens in February 2006, and won his seat at the 2006 election narrowly as an independent candidate on a 50.6 two-candidate vote, though Labor got a 65.2 percent two-party vote against the Liberals. However, he lost at the 2010 election to Labor candidate Alan Sibbons. Hanna unsuccessfully contested the seat at the 2014 election. Liberal Corey Wingard won the seat with a 51.2 percent two-party vote which made it the most marginal seat in parliament. It was the first time Labor was in government with the Liberals winning Mitchell.

Members for Mitchell[edit]

Member Party Term
  Ron Payne Labor 1970–1989
  Paul Holloway Labor 1989–1993
  Colin Caudell Liberal 1993–1997
  Kris Hanna Labor 1997–2003
  Greens 2003–2006
  Independent 2006–2010
  Alan Sibbons Labor 2010–2014
  Corey Wingard Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Mitchell[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Corey Wingard 7,995 36.6 +8.1
Labor Alan Sibbons 7,309 33.5 −0.7
Independent Kris Hanna 4,006 18.4 −9.4
Greens Simon Roberts-Thomson 1,473 6.8 +1.6
Family First Barbara Bishop 1,034 4.7 +0.4
Total formal votes 21,817 96.8 −0.1
Informal votes 711 3.2 +0.1
Turnout 22,528 93.1 −0.9
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Corey Wingard 11,161 51.2 +3.6
Labor Alan Sibbons 10,656 48.8 −3.6
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +3.6