Rachel Sanderson

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Rachel Sanderson
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Adelaide
Assumed office
20 March 2010
Preceded by Jane Lomax-Smith
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Education University of South Australia
Profession Member of Parliament

Rachel Sanderson is an Australian politician representing the seat of Adelaide in the South Australian House of Assembly for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2010 election.

Early life[edit]

Sanderson's family moved from Melbourne to Adelaide in 1983, settling in Prospect, an inner northern suburb of Adelaide. Sanderson attended St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sanderson obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Australia. She worked for a Chartered Accountant, a Finishing School and then a Modelling Agency as Financial Manager. In 1994 Sanderson established a modelling agency and training school, "Rachel's Model Management".[1]

Rachel sold her management agency in April 2013, citing her full-time occupation as being a member of parliament.[2]

Political career[edit]

Sanderson was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Adelaide at the 2010 state election, receiving a 14.5-point two-party swing on a margin of 4.2 points against Australian Labor Party incumbent Jane Lomax-Smith. At the 2014 state election she suffered a 1.8-point two-party swing against her finishing with a reduced margin of 2.4 points against Australian Labor Party candidate David O'Loughlin.

2016 redistribution campaign[edit]

Upon the release of the 2016 draft electoral redistribution, Sanderson organised the mass distribution of a pro forma document in the two inner metropolitan suburbs of Walkerville and Gilberton, which aimed for residents to use the pro forma document to submit their objection to the commission in support of Sanderson's campaign to keep the two suburbs in her seat of Adelaide, which in the draft would have been transferred to neighbouring Torrens. Sanderson's position however was at odds with her own party's submission which in fact agreed with the commission that Walkerville should be transferred to Torrens. Under the commission's draft proposal, the Liberal margin in Adelaide would have been reduced from 2.4 percent to 0.6 percent, but would have also resulted in the Labor margin in Torrens reduced from 3.5 percent to 1.1 percent. Of a record 130 total submissions received in response to the draft redistribution, about 100 (over three quarters of all submissions) were from Walkerville and Gilberton.[3][4][5][6][7][8] As a result, the commission reversed the draft decision in the final publication.[9]

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South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Jane Lomax-Smith
Member for Adelaide
2010–present
Incumbent