Electoral district of Wright

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Wright highlighted
Electoral district of Wright (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
State South Australia
Created 1993
MP Jennifer Rankine
Party Australian Labor Party (SA)
Namesake Edmund Wright
Electors 24,960 (2014)
Area 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)
Demographic Metropolitan
Coordinates 34°47′2″S 138°41′14″E / 34.78389°S 138.68722°E / -34.78389; 138.68722Coordinates: 34°47′2″S 138°41′14″E / 34.78389°S 138.68722°E / -34.78389; 138.68722

Wright is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia.[1] Named after the 19th century South Australian architect Edmund Wright, it is a 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi) urban electorate in Adelaide's outer north-east, taking in the suburb of Salisbury East and parts of Golden Grove, Greenwith, Gulfview Heights and Wynn Vale.

When created, Wright was a marginal Labor seat at the 1991 electoral distribution, taking in much of the abolished seat of Briggs. Wright was first contested at the 1993 election, where it was won by Liberal candidate Scott Ashenden as part of a large swing throughout the state. He was defeated at the 1997 election by Labor candidate Jennifer Rankine.

Rankine announced in February 2017 that she would be retiring from parliament as of the 2018 election.[2]

Members for Wright[edit]

Member Party Term
  Scott Ashenden Liberal 1993–1997
  Jennifer Rankine Labor 1997–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Wright[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Jennifer Rankine 9,838 43.6 −4.6
Liberal Lyn Petrie 8,685 38.5 +1.2
Family First Mark Potter 1,904 8.4 +1.7
Greens Tom Lowe 1,441 6.4 +1.0
Independent Danyse Soester 696 3.1 +3.1
Total formal votes 22,564 96.3 −0.6
Informal votes 856 3.7 +0.6
Turnout 23,420 93.8 −0.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Jennifer Rankine 11,965 53.0 −1.8
Liberal Lyn Petrie 10,599 47.0 +1.8
Labor hold Swing −1.8