Electoral district of Playford

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Playford highlighted
Electoral district of Playford (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1970
MP Jack Snelling
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Thomas Playford IV
Electors 24,586 (2014)
Area 22.7 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°49′6″S 138°38′12″E / 34.81833°S 138.63667°E / -34.81833; 138.63667Coordinates: 34°49′6″S 138°38′12″E / 34.81833°S 138.63667°E / -34.81833; 138.63667

Playford is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after the long serving South Australian premier Tom Playford, it is a 22.7 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's north, taking in the suburbs of Ingle Farm, Para Hills West and Walkley Heights as well as parts of Gepps Cross, Gulfview Heights, Northfield, Para Hills, Para Vista, Pooraka and Valley View.

Playford was created as a safe Labor seat and was first contested at the 1970 election, where it was won by Labor candidate Terry McRae. At the 1989 election, McRae resigned from politics, with the seat won by Labor candidate John Quirke. Though typically a safe Labor seat, the seat technically became marginal, reduced to just a 2.7 percent two-party margin at the 1993 election landslide. At the 1997 election, Quirke resigned to enter the Australian Senate, with the seat won by Labor candidate Jack Snelling, the current sitting member.

Members for Playford[edit]

Member Party Term
  Terry McRae Labor 1970–1989
  John Quirke Labor 1989–1997
  Jack Snelling Labor 1997–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Playford[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jack Snelling 11,352 52.5 −1.5
Liberal Michael Santagata 6,779 31.4 +2.4
Family First Greg Evitts 2,052 9.5 +2.9
Greens Danny Carroll 1,426 6.6 +1.2
Total formal votes 21,609 95.8 −0.0
Informal votes 942 4.2 +0.0
Turnout 22,551 91.7 −1.1
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jack Snelling 13,533 62.6 −2.0
Liberal Michael Santagata 8,076 37.4 +2.0
Labor hold Swing −2.0