Amanda Rishworth, since 2007.
Kingston covers the southern fringe of Adelaide and coastal suburbs to the south of South Australia’s capital, including Aldinga and Noarlunga. The seat covers a majority of Onkaparinga LGA and part of Marion LGA.
Kingston lost semi-rural areas around McLaren Vale and Willunga in the south-east of the electorate to Mayo, which increased the ALP’s margin from 13.9% to 14.6%.
Kingston was first created in 1949, and in its sixty year history has been a classical marginal seat regularly changing hands. The seat has been represented by ten MPs in the last sixty years, and every former Member for Kingston lost the seat at an election to the opposing major party.
The seat was first won in 1949 by former SANFL football player Jim Handby for the Liberal Party. Patrick Galvin of the ALP won the seat in 1951 off Handby and held it for the next fifteen years. Galvin was himself defeated by Kay Brownbill of the Liberal Party in 1966.
Brownbill was defeated in 1969 by Labor’s Richard Gun. The party of government held Kingston from the 1972 election until 1998, with Gun winning re-election in 1972 and 1974.
Grant Chapman won the seat off Gun in 1975, and held the seat for the entirety of the Fraser government. Following his defeat in 1983 he went on to become a Senator for South Australia from 1987 until 2007.
Chapman was defeated in 1983 by Gordon Bliney of the ALP, who went on to serve as a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. The seat was home to a challenge by Democrats leader Janine Haines in 1990, when she attempted to move to the House of Representatives. She polled over a quarter of the vote but failed to outpoll either major party. Bliney was defeated by Susan Jeanes in 1996, and Jeanes herself was defeated in 1998 before seeking a career in state politics, where she challenged Bob Such for preselection in Fisher, and Such was re-elected as an independent.
David Cox won the seat for the ALP in 1998 and held it until 2004, during which time he served on the Opposition frontbench. He was defeated in 2004 by former police officer Kym Richardson. Richardson was defeated in 2007 by 30-year-old psychologist Amanda Rishworth, and Rishworth was re-elected in 2010.
- Andy Snoswell (Rise Up Australia)
- Palitja Moore (Greens)
- Mitchell Thomas Frost (Palmer United Party)
- Damien Mills (Liberal)
- Geoff Doecke (Family First)
- Amanda Rishworth (Labor)
On paper, Kingston’s margin of 14.6% should make the seat reasonably safe. Despite this margin, Amanda Rishworth could face a difficult race.
The swing to the ALP in Kingston at the 2007 and 2010 elections is equal to almost 14% of the vote – the biggest cumulative pro-Labor swing in Australia over that period. If that vote flows back to the Liberal Party, Rishworth’s margin almost entirely disappears.
If there is a strong swing against the ALP in South Australia, Kingston could well fall.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas: north, central and south. The north and the centre are effectively parts of the Adelaide metro area, while the south covers the narrow coastal strip to the south of Adelaide.
The ALP won a majority in all three areas, varying from 62.2% in the north to 69.1% in the centre.
The Greens vote varied from 10.9% in the north to 14.7% in the south.
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