Electoral district of Port Adelaide

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This article is about the South Australian state electorate. For the federal electorate, see Division of Port Adelaide.
Port Adelaide
South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Port Adelaide highlighted
Electoral district of Port Adelaide (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Dates current 1857–1970, 2002–present
MP Susan Close
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Port Adelaide
Electors 25,700 (2014)
Area 91.3 km2 (35.3 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°48′13″S 138°33′15″E / 34.80361°S 138.55417°E / -34.80361; 138.55417Coordinates: 34°48′13″S 138°33′15″E / 34.80361°S 138.55417°E / -34.80361; 138.55417

Port Adelaide is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after Port Adelaide because of its geographical location, it is a 91.3 km² urban electorate on Adelaide's Lefevre Peninsula and stretches east toward Adelaide's northern suburbs. It contains a mix of seaside residential areas, wasteland and industrial regions. It includes the suburbs of Cavan, Dry Creek, Gillman, Globe Derby Park, Green Fields, Largs North, Mawson Lakes, North Haven, Osborne, Ottoway, Outer Harbor, Taperoo and Wingfield as well as parts of Gepps Cross, Pooraka, Port Adelaide and Rosewater. The suburb of Port Adelaide is currently divided between the safe Labor seats of Port Adelaide and Cheltenham.

Port Adelaide has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district. Port Adelaide was the name of an electoral district of the unicameral South Australian Legislative Council from 1851 until its abolition in 1857.[1] From 1857 until 1902 it was a two-seat multi-member district. From 1902 until 1915 it was a large three-seat multi-member district covering Adelaide's north-west to south-west suburbs – the other two metropolitan seats of 13 seats total being central Adelaide and north-east to south-west Torrens.[2] The seat returned to two members in 1915, and became a single member district from the 1938 election onward, held continuously by Labor until the district's abolition prior to the 1970 election. The bulk of its territory was merged into the neighboring seats of Semaphore and Price. The last member for this seat's original incarnation, John Ryan, transferred to Price.

The seat was recreated in 2002, essentially as a reconfigured version of Hart (which was itself created in 1993 as a replacement for Semaphore), and has been a comfortably safe Labor seat since then. The member for Hart, deputy premier and state treasurer Kevin Foley, followed most of his constituents into the recreated seat and held it easily. At the 2006 election, Foley increased his margin from 21.7 percent to 25.7 percent, and gained a majority in all booths. A 2012 Port Adelaide by-election occurred on 11 February as a result of Foley's resignation from parliament. Susan Close retained the seat for Labor.


Two members (1857–1902)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Hart, Sr. 1857–1859   John Hughes 1857–1858
  Edward Collinson 1858–1860
  William Owen 1860–1862   Patrick Coglin 1860–1865
  John Hart, Sr. 1862–1866
  David Bower 1865–1870
  Jacob Smith 1866–1868
  Henry Hill 1868–1870
  William Quin 1870–1871   Henry Kent Hughes 1870–1875
  John Duncan 1871–1875
  William Quin 1875–1880   David Bower 1875–1881
  John Hart, Jr. 1880–1881
  William Mattinson 1881–1893  
  George Hopkins 1887–1893
  William Archibald Labor 1893–1902   Ivor MacGillivray Labor 1893–1902
Three members (1902–1915)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  William Archibald Labor 1902–1910   Ivor MacGillivray Labor 1902–1915   Thomas Brooker 1902–1905
    Henry Chesson Labor 1905–1915
  Thompson Green Labor 1910–1915
Two members (1915–1938)
Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Price Labor 1915–1925   Ivor MacGillivray Labor 1915–1917
    National 1917–1918
    John Stanley Verran Labor 1918–1924
    Frank Condon Labor 1924–1927
  John Stanley Verran Labor 1925–1927
  John Jonas Labor 1927–1933   Thomas Thompson Protestant Labor 1927–1930
    Albert Thompson Labor 1930–1938
  James Stephens Labor 1933–1938
Single-member (1938–1970)
Member Party Term
  James Stephens Labor 1938–1959
  John Ryan Labor 1959–1970
Single-member (2002–present)
Member Party Term
  Kevin Foley Labor 2002–2011
  Susan Close Labor 2012–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Port Adelaide[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Susan Close 11,760 51.8 +2.0
Liberal Brad Vermeer 7,330 32.3 +5.4
Greens Mark Seater 1,815 8.0 +1.6
Family First Bruce Hambour 1,783 7.9 +2.1
Total formal votes 22,688 96.6 +0.0
Informal votes 800 3.4 −0.0
Turnout 23,488 91.4 −1.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Susan Close 13,745 60.6 −2.1
Liberal Brad Vermeer 8,943 39.4 +2.1
Labor hold Swing −2.1



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