Electoral district of Morphett

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Morphett highlighted
Electoral district of Morphett (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1977
MP Duncan McFetridge
Party Independent
Namesake Sir John Morphett
Electors 23,725 (2014)
Area 15.6 km2 (6.0 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°58′1″S 138°31′19″E / 34.96694°S 138.52194°E / -34.96694; 138.52194Coordinates: 34°58′1″S 138°31′19″E / 34.96694°S 138.52194°E / -34.96694; 138.52194

Morphett is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the state of South Australia. The seat is located 10 kilometres west of the centre of Adelaide, bounded by the coastline on the west and Morphett Road to the east. It is approximately 15.6 square kilometres in size covering the suburbs of Glenelg, Glenelg North, Glenelg East, Glenelg South, Glengowrie, Morphettville, West Beach and parts of Somerton Park.

Created in 1976 following an electoral redistribution and taking effect from the 1977 election, the seat of Morphett was named after Sir John Morphett (1809–1892) who lived in the Morphettville area and was speaker of the enlarged Legislative Council in 1851 and president of the elected Legislative Council from 1865 to 1873.

Morphett was the Dunstan Labor government's most and only marginal seat following the 1977 election. Created prior to the 1977 election as a notionally marginal Liberal seat, Morphett has been held by the Liberals since the 1979 election. Morphett was strengthened for the Liberals from a marginal to fairly safe seat when the seat of Glenelg was abolished at the 1983 redistribution.

Duncan McFetridge resigned from the Liberals and moved to the crossbench as an independent in May 2017 after losing endorsement for Morphett pre-selection to City of Holdfast Bay mayor Stephen Patterson ahead of the 2018 election.[1]

Members for Morphett[edit]

Member Party Term
  Terry Groom Labor 1977–1979
  John Oswald Liberal 1979–2002
  Duncan McFetridge Liberal 2002–2017
  Independent 2017–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Morphett[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Duncan McFetridge 12,164 57.7 +3.1
Labor Tim Looker 5,973 28.3 −3.7
Greens Matthew Carey 2,128 10.1 +0.9
Family First Bob Randall 808 3.8 +0.3
Total formal votes 21,073 97.5 −0.3
Informal votes 547 2.5 +0.3
Turnout 21,620 91.1 −1.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Duncan McFetridge 13,264 62.9 +2.4
Labor Tim Looker 7,809 37.1 −2.4
Liberal hold Swing +2.4