Electoral district of Torrens

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Torrens highlighted
Electoral district of Torrens (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Dates current 1902–1915,
MP Dana Wortley
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Robert Richard Torrens
Electors 23,294 (2014)
Area 18.8 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°51′50″S 138°39′35″E / 34.86389°S 138.65972°E / -34.86389; 138.65972Coordinates: 34°51′50″S 138°39′35″E / 34.86389°S 138.65972°E / -34.86389; 138.65972

Torrens is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Located along the River Torrens, and named after Robert Richard Torrens, a 19th-century Premier of South Australia, and also the founder of the "Torrens title" land registration system. Torrens is an 18.8 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's north-east. It includes the suburbs of Greenacres, Hampstead Gardens, Hillcrest, Holden Hill, Northgate, Oakden and Windsor Gardens as well as parts of Dernancourt, Gilles Plains, Hope Valley, Klemzig and Northfield.

Torrens has had three incarnations as a South Australian electoral district. It was first created for the 1902 election as a large five-seat multi-member district stretching from the north-eastern suburbs right through to the south-western suburbs – the other two metropolitan seats of 13 seats total being central Adelaide and north-west to south-west Port Adelaide.[1] Torrens was abolished and absorbed into the new seats of East Torrens and Sturt at the 1915 election.[2]

Torrens existed as a marginal to fairly safe Liberal and Country League/Liberal single-member seat under the Playmander system from the 1938 election, lasting until the 1985 election, though it was won once by Labor at the 1944 election. Torrens was one of just three metropolitan seats (with Burnside and Mitcham) won by the Liberal and Country League in 1965 and 1968.

Torrens was recreated in its current state for the 1993 election, based on much of the abolished seats of Gilles and Todd, as a nominally marginal Labor seat, but was won for the Liberal Joe Tiernan. Tiernan died while in office in 1994, and Robyn Geraghty reclaimed the seat for Labor at the Torrens by-election with an 8.6 percent swing. Former Senator Dana Wortley won the seat for Labor at the 2014 election.

Members for Torrens[edit]

First incarnation (1902–1915, 5 members)
Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term Member Party Term
  John Darling Jr. National League 1902–1905   John Jenkins 1902–1905   George Soward National League 1902–1905   Thomas Price Labor 1902–1909   Frederick Coneybeer Labor 1902–1915
  Crawford Vaughan Labor 1905–1915   George Dankel Labor 1905–1912   Thomas Smeaton Labor 1905–1915
  Thomas Ryan United Labor 1909–1912
  Herbert Hudd Liberal Union 1912–1915   Herbert Angas Parsons Liberal Union 1912–1915
Second incarnation (1938–1985)
Member Party Term
  Shirley Jeffries Liberal and Country 1938–1944
  Herbert Baldock Labor 1944–1947
  Shirley Jeffries Liberal and Country 1947–1953
  John Travers Liberal and Country 1953–1956
  John Coumbe Liberal and Country 1956–1974
  Liberal 1974–1977
  Michael Wilson Liberal 1977–1985
Third incarnation (1993–present)
Member Party Term
  Joe Tiernan Liberal 1993–1994
  Robyn Geraghty Labor 1994–2014
  Dana Wortley Labor 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Torrens[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Dana Wortley 8,959 43.8 −5.9
Liberal Michael Manetta 8,111 39.6 +5.0
Greens Anne Walker 1,853 9.1 +1.0
Family First Owen Hood 1,552 7.6 −0.1
Total formal votes 20,475 96.6 −0.1
Informal votes 727 3.4 +0.1
Turnout 21,202 91.0 −1.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Dana Wortley 10,958 53.5 −4.7
Liberal Michael Manetta 9,517 46.5 +4.7
Labor hold Swing −4.7



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