Electoral district of Waite

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Waite highlighted
Electoral district of Waite (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1993
MP Martin Hamilton-Smith
Party Independent
Namesake Peter Waite
Electors 25,396 (2014)
Area 33.1 km2 (12.8 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°59′17″S 138°37′31″E / 34.98806°S 138.62528°E / -34.98806; 138.62528Coordinates: 34°59′17″S 138°37′31″E / 34.98806°S 138.62528°E / -34.98806; 138.62528

Waite is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. Named after Peter Waite, a 19th entrepreneur and philanthropist in the current area of the electorate, it is a 33.1 km² urban electorate in Adelaide's inner south-east, taking in the suburbs of Brown Hill Creek, Clapham, Hawthorn, Kingswood, Lower Mitcham, Lynton, Mitcham, Netherby, Panorama, Pasadena, Springfield, St Marys, Torrens Park, Urrbrae and Westbourne Park as well as parts of Belair, Colonel Light Gardens, Daw Park and Leawood Gardens.

Waite was created in the 1991 electoral distribution as a safe Liberal seat, replacing the abolished district of Mitcham, the only single-member lower house seat anywhere throughout Australia to be won by the Democrats. Waite was first won at the 1993 election by Liberal treasurer and deputy-premier Stephen Baker. Upon his retirement at the 1997 election, he was succeeded by Liberal Martin Hamilton-Smith, who became an independent two months after the 2014 election.

Members for Waite[edit]

Member Party Term
  Stephen Baker Liberal 1993–1997
  Martin Hamilton-Smith Liberal 1997–2014
  Independent 2014–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Waite[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Martin Hamilton-Smith 12,585 54.8 −0.1
Labor Rebekah Huppatz 6,239 27.1 −1.3
Greens Simon Hope 2,639 11.5 −1.4
Family First Steve Edmonds 868 3.8 +0.5
Dignity for Disability Cathi Tucker 652 2.8 +2.8
Total formal votes 22,983 97.6 −0.4
Informal votes 575 2.4 +0.4
Turnout 23,558 92.8 −0.3
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Martin Hamilton-Smith 14,106 61.4 −0.7
Labor Rebekah Huppatz 8,877 38.6 +0.7
Liberal hold Swing −0.7