Colton – SA 2014

ALP 3.6%

Incumbent MP
Paul Caica, since 2002.

Geography
Western suburbs of Adelaide. Colton covers the suburbs of Fulham, Fulham Gardens, Grange, Henley Beach, Henley Beach South, Kidman Park as well as parts of Findon, Lockleys and Seaton.

Map of Colton's 2010 and 2014 boundaries. 2010 boundaries marked as red lines, 2014 boundaries marked as white area. Click to enlarge.
Map of Colton’s 2010 and 2014 boundaries. 2010 boundaries marked as red lines, 2014 boundaries marked as white area. Click to enlarge.

Redistribution
Colton maintained all of its previous territory, and gained more of the suburb of Lockleys from West Torrens. This reduced the ALP’s margin from 4% to 3.6%.

History
Colton has existed since the 1993 election, and is the only seat to have always been held by the sitting government since that time.

Steve Condous, the lord mayor of Adelaide, won the seat in 1993 for the Liberal Party. He retained the seat by a narrow margin in 1997.

In 2002, Condous retired and was replaced by the ALP’s Paul Caica. Caica was elected in 2006, and was then promoted to the ministry. Caica served in the ministry until early 2013.

Candidates
Sitting Labor MP Paul Caica is running for re-election. The Liberal Party is running Joe Barry. The Greens are running Andrew Payne. Family First are running Kym McKay.

Assessment
Colton is a marginal Labor seat.

2010 result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Paul CaicaALP9,86246.5-11.2
Peter MorichovitisLIB8,39339.6+10.1
Jim DouglasGRN1,7358.2+2.4
Denis PowerFF7543.6-0.7
Yiannis StamosFLT4442.1+2.1

2010 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Paul CaicaALP11,43254.0-12.1
Peter MorichovitisLIB9,75646.0+12.1

 

Polling places in Colton at the 2010 state election. Click to enlarge.
Polling places in Colton at the 2010 state election. Click to enlarge.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into three areas: east, south and west. All booths in Unley council area have been grouped in east, with all booths in West Torrens council area grouped in west. Those in Marion and Mitcham council areas have been grouped as south.

The ALP won in all three areas, ranging from 52.4% in the east to 56.6% in the west. The Greens vote varied from just under 8% in the west, to 15.4% in the east.

Voter groupGRN %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of ordinary votes
Fulham-Henley8.6754.107,60144.33
Seaton8.3556.155,63832.88
East5.8951.773,90822.79
Other votes9.2852.734,041
Two-party-preferred votes in Colton at the 2010 state election.
Two-party-preferred votes in Colton at the 2010 state election.

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