Rachel Sanderson

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Rachel Sanderson

Rachel Sanderson, South Australia, 2018.jpg
Minister for Child Protection
Assumed office
22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byJohn Rau (as Minister for Child Protection Reform)
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Adelaide
Assumed office
20 March 2010
Preceded byJane Lomax-Smith
Personal details
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
EducationUniversity of South Australia
ProfessionFinancial manager; Politician

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. Sanderson has served as the minister for Child Protection in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.

Background and early career[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]

Sanderson graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy. She worked for a chartered accountant, a finishing school and then a modelling agency as a financial manager. In 1994 Sanderson established a modelling agency and training school, Rachel's Model Management.[1]

Sanderson 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 the Labor incumbent, Jane Lomax-Smith.[3] 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 the Labor candidate, David O'Loughlin.[4]

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.[5][6][7][8][9][10] As a result, the commission reversed the draft decision in the final publication. The 2016 electoral redistribution added the rest of Collinswood to the seat, and moved the seat's northern boundary from Regency Road to several blocks south of Regency Road, losing a significant amount of northern Prospect. This increased the Liberal margin from 2.4 percent to an estimated 3.0 percent.[11]

2018 election[edit]

Despite suffering a further −2.0 percent two-party swing, Sanderson narrowly held onto Adelaide at the 2018 election on a marginal 51.0 percent two-party vote. With the Liberals winning government after 16 years in opposition, Sanderson now sat in the Liberals' second most marginal seat.[12][13]

Sanderson was appointed as Minister for Child Protection on 22 March 2018.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "About Rachel". Rachel Sanderson. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Adelaide state Liberal MP Rachel Sanderson sells her modelling agency". City Messenger. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ Adelaide - 2010 SA election results: ABC
  4. ^ Adelaide - 2014 SA election results: ABC
  5. ^ "Adelaide residents compared to 'Hyacinth Bucket' for lashing out at proposed electoral shift". ABC News. Australia. 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Patrician burghers of Adelaide lament: 'Won't someone think of the rotary clubs?'". InDaily. 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Libs' last-ditch bid for "electoral fairness"". InDaily. 28 September 2016.
  8. ^ "MPs make submissions into South Australian boundary changes". The Advertiser. 22 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Draft Report" (PDF). Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission. 15 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Detail and download of all 130 submissions submitted". Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission.
  11. ^ "Final Report" (PDF). Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission. 8 December 2016.
  12. ^ "District Results for Adelaide". Electoral Commission SA. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  13. ^ Adelaide, 2018 SA election: Antony Green ABC
  14. ^ MacLennan, Leah (22 March 2018). "SA election: Who's who in the new South Australian Liberal Government?". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  15. ^ "The South Australian Government Gazette, 22 March 2018, No. 20, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2018.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
John Rau
as Minister for Child Protection Reform
Minister for Child Protection
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Jane Lomax-Smith
Member for Adelaide