Christopher Pyne, since 1993.
Sturt lies in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide. The southern part of the seat covers most of Burnside LGA, while Campbelltown LGA covers the centre of the seat, and five other LGAs each overlap with the western and northern fringes of Sturt. Sturt stretches north to Grand Junction Road, and key suburbs include Glen Osmond, Burnside, Magill, Felixstow, Campbelltown, Klemzig, Gilles Plains, Rostrevor, Newton, Paradise, Athelstone and Highbury.
Sturt lost a small area in the west to Adelaide and gained a small area in the south-west from Boothby. This increased the Liberal margin from 3.4% to 3.6%.
Sturt was created for the 1949 election, and has almost always been held by the Liberal Party. Indeed, except for two terms when it was held by the ALP, the seat was held by the same family from its creation until Pyne was elected in 1993.
The seat was first won by Keith Wilson in 1949. He lost the seat in 1954 to Norman Makin. Makin had served in the House of Representatives from 1919 to 1946, during which time he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives and a Minister in the Curtin and Chifley governments, before becoming Ambassador to the United States.
Makin abandoned the seat in 1955 for the safer Bonython, and Wilson returned to the seat. Wilson retired in 1966 and was succeeded by his son Ian. Ian served as a junior minister in the last term of the Fraser government before going to the backbench after the election of the Hawke government.
Wilson was challenged for preselection in 1993 by 25-year-old Christopher Pyne. Pyne served as a Parliamentary Secretary from the 2001 election until January 2007, and he quickly moved into the role of Minister for Ageing.
The 2007 election saw a significant swing to the ALP, with Pyne’s margin being slashed from 6.8% to 0.9%. This was a dramatic shift from the usual range of margins in Sturt. From the expansion of the House of Representatives in 1984 until 2004, all but one election saw the Liberals hold Sturt with a margin between 5.7% and 8.2%, although Pyne managed a 10% margin at the 1996 landslide.
Pyne’s margin collapsed to 50.9% in 2007, and increased to 53.4% in 2010.
- Christopher Pyne (Liberal)
- Kylie Barnes (Family First)
- Rick Sarre (Labor)
- Gabriella Alexandra Scali (Palmer United Party)
- Anne Walker (Greens)
Sturt is a very marginal seat, but Pyne has held on in difficult circumstances and should increase his margin this year.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas. The Liberal Party won a large 60% majority in the south, which makes up the largest proportion of the voter population. The ALP won slim majorities in the cente and the north, between 51% and 52%.
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