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Electoral district of Norwood

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
StateSouth Australia
NamesakeNorwood, South Australia

Norwood is a former electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It was a 14.2 km² inner-urban electorate in Adelaide and was named after the inner-eastern suburb of Norwood. In its final configuration, the seat also included the suburbs of Beulah Park, College Park, Evandale, Firle, Hackney, Joslin, Kent Town, Marden, Maylands, Payneham South, Royston Park, St Morris, St Peters, Stepney, Trinity Gardens and Vale Park, as well as parts of Kensington, Klemzig and Payneham.

Norwood was created as an electoral district in 1938, and was usually a marginal seat, changing hands between the Labor Party and the Liberal Party (and the Liberals' predecessor, the Liberal and Country League) a number of times. The electorate is synonymous with former Premier of South Australia Don Dunstan, who held the seat from 1953 until 1979.

In 1979 and 1980, Norwood voters went to the ballot box three times within 12 months; first at the March 1979 by-election following Dunstan's resignation, then the September 1979 state election, and again at the February 1980 by-election which resulted from a court decision invalidating the election result. That by-election reduced the Tonkin government's already precarious two-seat majority to a knife-edge of one seat.

From 1979 until 1993 (with a short break from September 1979 to February 1980), the seat was held by prominent Labor minister Greg Crafter, who is now Australian head of the International Baccalaureate Organization and the University of Adelaide alumni organisation. In the shadow of the collapse of the State Bank of South Australia, the Liberals, through John Cummins, reclaimed the seat at the 1993 state election in a landslide. Cummins was defeated by Labor's Vini Ciccarello at the 1997 state election with a 1.5% margin. At the 2002 state election, the margin was whittled down to 0.5% but was increased to 4.2% at the 2006 state election. Ciccarello was defeated in the 2010 state election by Liberal candidate Steven Marshall, following a large swing, which was the first time that Labor had been in government without holding the seat of Norwood.

The Electoral Commission of South Australia's 2012 redistribution included renaming the seat to Dunstan which took effect from 15 March 2014.[1][2]

Members for Norwood[edit]

Member Party Term
  Frank Nieass Labor 1938–1941
  Roy Moir Liberal and Country 1941–1944
  Frank Nieass Labor 1944–1947
  Roy Moir Liberal and Country 1947–1953
  Don Dunstan Labor 1953–1979
  Greg Crafter Labor 1979–1979
  Frank Webster Liberal 1979–1980
  Greg Crafter Labor 1980–1993
  John Cummins Liberal 1993–1997
  Vini Ciccarello Labor 1997–2010
  Steven Marshall Liberal 2010–2014

Election results[edit]


  1. ^ "Dunstan could become a seat". NineMSN. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  2. ^ "2012 Final Redistribution Order" (pdf). Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission Reports. Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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