Electoral district of Port Adelaide
South Australia—House of Assembly
Electoral district of Port Adelaide (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
|Dates current||1857–1970, 2002–present|
|Party||Australian Labor Party (SA)|
|Area||91.3 km2 (35.3 sq mi)|
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. 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. 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)|
|John Hart, Sr.||1857–1859||John Hughes||1857–1858|
|William Owen||1860–1862||Patrick Coglin||1860–1865|
|John Hart, Sr.||1862–1866|
|William Quin||1870–1871||Henry Kent Hughes||1870–1875|
|William Quin||1875–1880||David Bower||1875–1881|
|John Hart, Jr.||1880–1881|
|William Archibald||Labor||1893–1902||Ivor MacGillivray||Labor||1893–1902|
|Three members (1902–1915)|
|William Archibald||Labor||1902–1910||Ivor MacGillivray||Labor||1902–1915||Thomas Brooker||1902–1905|
|Two members (1915–1938)|
|John Price||Labor||1915–1925||Ivor MacGillivray||Labor||1915–1917|
|John Stanley Verran||Labor||1918–1924|
|John Stanley Verran||Labor||1925–1927|
|John Jonas||Labor||1927–1933||Thomas Thompson||Independent Protestant Labor||1927–1930|
|Family First||Bruce Hambour||1,783||7.9||+2.1|
|Total formal votes||22,688||96.6||+0.0|
- "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia.
- The 13 electorates from 1902 to 1915: The Adelaide Chronicle
- 2014 State Election Results – Port Adelaide, ECSA.
- 2014 State Election Results – Port Adelaide, ABC.
- ABC profile for Port Adelaide: 2014
- ECSA profile for Port Adelaide: 2014
- Poll Bludger profile for Port Adelaide: 2014