Tony Zappia, since 2007.
Northeastern suburbs of Adelaide. Makin covers most of Tea Tree Gully council area as well as parts of Salisbury council area east of Main North Road and a small part of Port Adelaide Enfield council area. Major suburbs include Para Hills, Walkley Heights, Modbury, Redwood Park, Tea Tree Gully, Golden Grove, Greenwith, Salisbury East and Salisbury Heights.
Makin expanded to cover an area to the west of the Main North Road previously part of Port Adelaide. The ALP’s margin was cut from 12.2% to 12%.
Makin was created at the 1984 election as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives. It has begun to develop as a bellwether seat, having been won by the party of government at every election since its creation.
The seat was first won by ALP candidate Peter Duncan, a state MP who had served as a state minister from 1975 until the defeat of the Corcoran government in 1979. Duncan served as a federal minister from the 1987 election until the 1990 election, when he was demoted to a Parliamentary Secretary position which he held until the defeat of the Keating government in 1996.
Duncan lost Makin to Liberal candidate Trish Draper at the 1996 election. Draper held Makin for the entirety of the Howard government, although she never moved off the backbench. Her margin was cut to less than 1% at the 2004 election, and she retired before the 2007 election.
At the 2007 election the ALP’s Tony Zappia won Makin with a swing of over 8%. He gained an additional 4.5% swing in 2010.
- Tony Zappia (Labor)
- Andrew Graham (Palmer United Party)
- Robert Jameson (Katter’s Australian Party)
- Sue Lawrie (Liberal)
- Ami-Louise Harrison (Greens)
- Mark Potter (Family First)
Makin is now held by the Labor Party by a large margin, thanks to a cumulative swing of over 13% to Tony Zappia over two elections. That margin should be cut back substantially, but it’s unlikely to fall far enough to see Zappia lose.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas. The majority of the seat’s population lies in the City of Tea Tree Gully, and these polling places have been split into North-East and South-East. Those in Port Adelaide Enfield and Salisbury council areas have been grouped together into West.
The ALP won a majority in all three areas, varying from 57.9% in the north-east to 65.9% in the west.
The Greens vote varied from 9.2% in the north-east to 10.6% in the south-east.
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