Kingston – Australia 2019

ALP 13.5%

Incumbent MP
Amanda Rishworth, since 2007.

Geography
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.

Redistribution
Kingston shifted slightly north, losing Aldinga Beach, Port Willunga and Sellicks Beach to Mayo and gaining Flagstaff Hill and Aberfoyle Park from Boothby. There were a few other small changes to the Kingston-Mayo boundary. These changes reduced the Labor margin from 17.1% to 13.5%.

History
Kingston was first created in 1949, and in its seventy-year history has been a classical marginal seat regularly changing hands. The seat has been represented by ten MPs in the last seventy 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 Labor’s Amanda Rishworth, and Rishworth has been re-elected three times.

Candidates
No information.

Assessment
Kingston is a safe Labor seat.

2016 result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Amanda Rishworth Labor 46,15149.4+0.245.4
Kelvin Binns Liberal 21,77223.3-9.126.1
Damian CareyNick Xenophon Team16,05917.2+17.218.0
Robyn Holtham Greens 5,3615.7-1.25.8
Geoff DoeckeFamily First4,0484.3-1.64.1
Others0.5
Informal3,6173.7

2016 two-party-preferred result

CandidatePartyVotes%SwingRedist
Amanda Rishworth Labor 62,61667.0+7.463.5
Kelvin Binns Liberal 30,77533.0-7.436.5

Booth breakdown

Booths have been divided into three parts: central, north and south.

The ALP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 59.4% in the north to 72.9% in the centre.

The Nick Xenophon Team came third, with a primary vote ranging from 16.7% in the centre to 17.9% in the north.

Voter groupNXT prim %ALP 2PP %Total votes% of votes
North17.959.445,05744.1
Central16.772.920,79920.3
South17.069.610,46010.2
Other votes19.560.714,05413.7
Pre-poll20.160.711,85811.6

Election results in Kingston at the 2016 federal election
Toggle between two-party-preferred votes and Nick Xenophon Team primary votes.

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