Electoral district of Unley

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Unley highlighted
Electoral district of Unley (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1938
MP David Pisoni
Party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Namesake Unley, South Australia
Electors 24,450 (2014)
Area 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°57′5″S 138°37′0″E / 34.95139°S 138.61667°E / -34.95139; 138.61667Coordinates: 34°57′5″S 138°37′0″E / 34.95139°S 138.61667°E / -34.95139; 138.61667
Electorates around Unley:
West Torrens Adelaide
Badcoe Unley Bragg
Elder Elder

Unley is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after the suburb of the same name, it is the state's smallest electorate at just 13 km² (5 sq mi). It is an urban electorate in Adelaide's inner south, taking in the suburbs of Eastwood, Frewville, Fullarton, Glenside, Glenunga, Highgate, Hyde Park, Malvern, Myrtle Bank, Parkside, Unley, Unley Park as well as parts of Glen Osmond, Goodwood, Millswood and Wayville.

Unley was created as a conservative seat. It was first contested at the 1938 election, where it was held by conservatives until the 1962 election, when Gil Langley captured the seat for Labor. Unley was one of the seats that put Labor in government at the 1965 election after decades of the Playmander in opposition, with Labor managing to retain Unley in the close 1968 and 1975 elections and the 1979 election loss. Langley was succeeded by Labor's Kym Mayes at the 1982 election, a state government minister. In the close 1989 election Labor again managed to retain Unley. However, Labor was defeated at the 1993 election landslide by Liberal Mark Brindal. The electoral redistribution ahead of the 2002 election had a large effect on Unley, losing several suburbs west of Goodwood Road and gaining several suburbs east of Fullarton Road, changing Unley from a marginal seat to a fairly safe to safe Liberal seat in one stroke.[1]

Brindal, a minister in the government of John Olsen, relinquished preselection of Unley prior to the 2006 election, contesting instead the electoral district of Adelaide held by the then Minister for Education, Jane Lomax-Smith. Despite a statewide Labor landslide, David Pisoni narrowly won with a 51 percent two-party vote despite a challenge from Unley mayor and Labor candidate Michael Keenan. It has since reverted to a fairly safe to safe Liberal seat.

Members for Unley[edit]

Member Party Term
  John McLeay Independent 1938–1941
  Colin Dunnage Liberal and Country 1941–1962
  Gil Langley Labor 1962–1982
  Kym Mayes Labor 1982–1993
  Mark Brindal Liberal 1993–2006
  David Pisoni Liberal 2006–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Unley[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Pisoni 12,312 55.8 −0.7
Labor Lara Golding 6,429 29.1 +0.9
Greens Nikki Mortier 2,481 11.2 −2.2
Dignity for Disability Joanne Blesing 854 3.9 +3.9
Total formal votes 22,076 98.2
Informal votes 409 1.8
Turnout 22,485 91.9
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal David Pisoni 13,195 59.8 −2.2
Labor Lara Golding 8,881 40.2 +2.2
Liberal hold Swing −2.2


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