Electoral district of Ramsay

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Ramsay highlighted
Electoral district of Ramsay (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1985
MP Zoe Bettison
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Alexander Ramsay
Electors 23,273 (2014)
Area 24.7 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°46′31″S 138°37′55″E / 34.77528°S 138.63194°E / -34.77528; 138.63194Coordinates: 34°46′31″S 138°37′55″E / 34.77528°S 138.63194°E / -34.77528; 138.63194

Ramsay is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It is named after Alexander Ramsay, who was General Manager of the South Australian Housing Trust for 25 years. It is a 24.7 km² suburban electorate north of Adelaide—based on the angle between Main North Road and the Port Wakefield Road, Ramsay covers the outer northern Adelaide suburbs of Brahma Lodge, Parafield, Salisbury, Salisbury Downs, Salisbury Plain and Salisbury South as well as parts of Parafield Gardens, Paralowie and Salisbury North.

Ramsay was first contested at the 1985 election. Two of three representatives of the electorate have served as Premier of South Australia. It is a safe Labor seat, with the fifth-largest Labor margin in the state at the 1997 election, second-largest at the 2002 election, and largest at the 2006 election where Labor won 71.5 percent of the first preference vote and 78.5 percent of the two-party vote, and the largest at the 2010 election. A 2012 Ramsay by-election occurred on 11 February as a result of Mike Rann's resignation from parliament, Labor easily retained the seat and maintained the largest Labor seat margin. It had the second largest margin following the 2014 election.

Members for Ramsay[edit]

Member Party Term
  Lynn Arnold Labor 1985–1993
  Mike Rann Labor 1993–2012
  Zoe Bettison Labor 2012–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Ramsay[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Zoe Bettison 11,283 56.1 −1.7
Liberal Anthony Antoniadis 4,988 24.8 −0.2
Family First Paul Coombe 2,347 11.7 +2.1
Greens Brett Ferris 1,483 7.4 +2.8
Total formal votes 20,101 95.1 −0.6
Informal votes 1,041 4.9 +0.6
Turnout 21,142 90.8 −1.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Zoe Bettison 13,742 68.4 +0.5
Liberal Anthony Antoniadis 6,359 31.6 −0.5
Labor hold Swing +0.5