Elder – SA 2014

ALP 2.0%

Incumbent MP
Patrick Conlon, since 1997.

Geography
South-Western Adelaide. Elder covers the suburbs of Ascot Park, Marion, Melrose Park, Morphettville, Park Holme and Warradale.

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

Redistribution
Elder lost areas in the north and south, and a larger area around St Marys in the south-east. Elder gained areas from Mitchell and Morphett in the west, and some territory in the east from Waite. The ALP’s margin was cut from 3.7% to 2.0%.

History
Elder has existed since the 1993 election. The seat has been held by the ALP since 1997.

The seat was drawn as a marginal Labor seat in 1993, but was won by the Liberal Party’s David Wade. In 1997, Wade lost to the ALP’s Patrick Conlon.

Conlon became a minister in 2002 when Labor formed government, and served as a minister until he moved to the backbench in early 2013.

Candidates
Sitting Labor MP Patrick Conlon is not running for re-election. The ALP is running Annabel Digance. The Liberal Party is running Carolyn Habib. The Greens are running Paul Petherick. Dignity for Disability is running Nick Schumi. Family First is running Cosimo Russo.

Assessment
Elder is a very marginal Labor seat. With the sitting member retiring it will be a key target for the Liberal Party.

2010 result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Patrick ConlonALP8,80543.3-10.4
Ben TurnerLIB7,69137.8+10.4
Daryl BullenGRN2,40811.8+5.4
Wendy HayFF1,0034.9-0.5
Greg CrokeDEM4372.1-0.7

2010 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%Swing
Patrick ConlonALP10,90453.6-12.0
Ben TurnerLIB9,44046.4+12.0
Booths in Elder at the 2010 state election. North-East in blue, North-West in green, South in orange. Click to enlarge.
Booths in Elder at the 2010 state election. North-East in blue, North-West in green, South in orange. Click to enlarge.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into three areas: south, north-west and north-east. Most of the population lies in Mitcham local government area, and these booths were split into north-west and south. The north-east covers booths in Marion council area.

The ALP won a majority in the south and the north-west, with the Liberal Party winning 51% in the north-east, which is the smallest part of the seat. The Greens vote ranged from 9.8% in the south to 12% in the north-east.

Voter groupGRN %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of ordinary votes
South9.7851.397,20643.53
North-West11.6753.605,86235.41
North-East12.1349.003,48621.06
Other votes12.1453.204,703
Two-party-preferred votes in Elder at the 2010 state election.
Two-party-preferred votes in Elder at the 2010 state election.
Greens primary votes in Elder at the 2010 state election.
Greens primary votes in Elder at the 2010 state election.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Particularly strong Labor candidate and a big swing last time. Don’t be surprised if Labor holds against the swing here.

  2. Thanks. Not sure there is much in this issue. Will watch this seat with more interest to see if a bigger or small than ave swing. Net result might be nil.

  3. Sounds similar to the scandal in the western Sydney seat of Lindsay late in the 2007 election…

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