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Seat of the week: Port Adelaide

Keeping things focused on South Australia as the state election looms into view, the latest instalment of Seat of the Week takes us to the state’s safest Labor seat.

Numbers indicate size of two-party preferred booth majority for Labor. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

The electorate of Port Adelaide includes Port Adelaide itself and the adjacent Le Fevre Peninsula, including the suburbs around Sempahore and Largs Bay, along with Woodville and its surrounds to the north of the city and, some distance to the north-east, a stretch of suburbs from Parfield Gardens north to Salisbury North, which are separated from the rest of the electorate by the Dry Creek industrial area. A very safe seat for Labor, its margin after the 2013 election was 14.0%, pared back from a redistribution-adjusted 20.9% by a 6.9% swing to the Liberals.

Port Adelaide was created with the expansion of parliament in 1949 from an area that had previously made Hindmarsh a safe seat for Labor. Such was Labor’s strength that the Liberals did not field candidates in 1954 and 1955, when the only competition for Labor came from the Communist Party. Rod Sawford assumed the seat at a by-election in 1988 upon the resignation of the rather more high-profile Mick Young, who had been the member since 1974. With Sawford’s retirement at the 2007 election the seat passed on to Mark Butler, the state secretary of the Left faction Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union and a descendant of two conservative state premiers: his great- and great-great-grandfathers, both of whom were called Sir Richard Butler.

Butler quietly established himself as a rising star over Labor’s two terms in government, winning promotion to parliamentary secretary in June 2009 and then to the junior ministry portfolios of mental health and ageing after the 2010 election. The latter promotion came despite his noted hesitancy in jumping aboard the Julia Gillard bandwagon during the June 2010 leadership coup. Butler was elevated to cabinet in December 2011 when social inclusion was added to his existing responsibilities, and he further gained housing and homeless in the February 2013 reshuffle which followed the departure of Nicola Roxon and Chris Evans. He remained solidly behind Gillard when Kevin Rudd challenged her for the leadership in February 2012, but emerged among the decisive defectors to the Rudd camp ahead of his successful leadership bid in June 2013. The subsequent reshuffle saw him promoted to environment and climate change, which he retained in the shadow ministry following the election defeat.

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  • 51
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    A white pointer I hope BW.

  • 52
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Just wondering whether the WA ALP are campaigning against the shark cull program ?

    Not really. More how its implementation has been handled.

  • 53
    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Would really like to know Fed/State ALP’s position on the shark cull program.

    I’m appalled at the policy and would be shocked if the ALP weren’t.

  • 54
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Sadly Victoria the Australian flag is now identical to the Boganian flag.

  • 55
    poroti
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Boerwar

    :lol: But he very may well have.

  • 56
    Boerwar
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    v
    Nice link. It is good to be reminded of the many, many good things about Australia.

  • 57
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    leone

    I concur. It has become a pet hate of mine

  • 58
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I can’t recall the WA opposition leader making a statement on the moral or ethical position re the shark cull.

  • 59
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Boerwar

    Indeed. My frustration lies with the rotten apple and his fellow travellers, and to the damage they are inflicting on this place.

  • 60
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    leon:

    I can’t recall one from him either.

  • 61
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Just curious: What’s the opinion of the general WA public on shark culling?

    Not that it should define the ALP’s principles and something that’s wrong is wrong but it could shed some light on the volume of the ALP’s voice on this issue.

  • 62
    Centre
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Great to see Adam Goodes get the Australian of the year award.

    So when is Abbott going to honour his election promise and spend time with Indigenous Australians?

    In the election campaign he pleaded and begged them to let him visit them straight after the election.

    A truly pathetic individual (Abbott)

  • 63
    ruawake
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    In Qld:

    2,000 strong protest against Qld bikie laws

    With their cries and cheers echoing down to police headquarters, thousands of people filled a Brisbane park to protest the Newman government’s anti-association laws.
    They were standing, sitting and leaning against each other in Emma Miller Place, a small park named for the pioneer unionist and suffragette in the city’s centre, just metres from where the city’s top cops work - more than 2000 people listening in solidarity, as relatives and friends told the stories of loved one arrested under the VLAD laws.

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/2000-strong-protest-against-qld-bikie-laws-20140126-31gkv.html#ixzz2rTusRbbN

    Newman’s grip on working class Brisbane has evaporated.

  • 64
    Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Jackol

    Abbott’s policy has been to recognise the indigenous as the first inhabitants in the preamble to the constitution. I don’t think it’s more or less than that.

    I gather Nova Peris and Ken Wyatt are chairing the committee to come up with the wording.

  • 65
    Steve777
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I cannot recall Tony Abbott or any other prominent Liberal even mention the issue of constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians during the previous parliament. They may have done so but it was way down their list of priorities.

    Admittedly Labor wasn’t pushing too strongly either. Had Julia Gillard proposed a referendum question that proposed anything more than the blandest statement that the indigenous people were here first (or even if she proposed that), the Right would have seen this as a dogwhistling opportunity too good to pass up – special treatment for one race, native title claims on your back yard, that sort of thing.

  • 66
    poroti
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Carey Moore

    What’s the opinion of the general WA public on shark culling?

    Hard to tell but my guess is that it mirrors the “locals” reaction in the NT when the regular as clockwork calls for culling crocs pop up. Real click bait stuff up there. The locals are very much against it. Common arguments against are that it’s their environment , they were here first, we are trespassing on their territory, it’s part of life in the NT so accept it .

  • 67
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    A bit like an inverted pyramid Victoria. One rotten apple, a cluster of fellow travellers and a gaggle of turncoats with true believers above. No wonder it all came crashing down.

  • 68
    ruawake
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Diog

    What Abbott wants will no be enough, this is what Recognise want.

    Remove Section 25 – which says the States can ban people from voting based on their race;
    Remove section 51(xxvi) – which can be used to pass laws that discriminate against people based on their race;
    Insert a new section 51A - to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to preserve the Australian Government’s ability to pass laws for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
    Insert a new section 116A, banning racial discrimination by government; and
    Insert a new section 127A, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were this country’s first tongues, while confirming that English is Australia’s national language.

  • 69
    Centre
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    For those interested in the tennis:

    Wawrinka $6.00

    Nadal $ 1.20

    On Betfair and you WILL get on!

    Have a look at the holdings waiting to be matched?

  • 70
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Carey:

    I couldn’t say with any certainty. There have been protests, the largest being around 4000 people against the laws.

    Interestingly I remember reading the other day that Greg Hunt opposed the original plans for having the great white taken off the protected species register, and for a more widespread and ambitious shark cull originally proposed by Barnett.

  • 71
    bemused
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    victoria@50

    Put away the flags and enjoy your country on Australia Day

    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/put-away-the-flags-and-enjoy-your-country-on-australia-day-20140125-31fm4.html

    victoria, that is a great article and you have not done it justice in promoting it.

    Thank you for linking it and I recommend everyone read it.

  • 72
    Centre
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Diog

    It won’t happen under Abbott’s watch. Abbott is a fake and a phony. He is against any recognition of indigenous Australians.

    I would bet that he does nothing!

  • 73
    rossmcg
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Boerwar

    Very good
    The mystery of the shark cull, officially the shark mitigation strategy or something, is finding somebody apart from the redneck shoot it chop it down dig it up mob who actually believes it will work. even our resident Tory booster Paul Murray gave Barnett a serve in The west Australian yesterday, pointing to scientific evidence that the whole thing is a farce.
    the shark caught today was a Tiger shark. My son, who takes an interest in these things tells me that the last fatal attack involving a tiger shark in WA was 70 years ago or something.

  • 74
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks poroti and confessions

  • 75
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    leon

    A bit like an inverted pyramid Victoria. One rotten apple, a cluster of fellow travellers and a gaggle of turncoats with true believers above. No wonder it all came crashing down.

    Indeed

  • 76
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    WA Labor have spoken out strongly against the cull

  • 77
    mari
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Kevin Bonham
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm | PERMALINK

    I have tweeted each of your great blogs and a good response, eg today I think 6 plus retweets already

  • 78
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Carey, maybe it’s the restricted circle I move in, but I’ve yet to hear anyone of my acquaintance express any support for a shark cull. Hunter S Thompson in The Great Shark Hunt expressed the view that if you caught a shark you should have to kill the shark – and then eat it. I’d like to see Colin do that.

  • 79
    deblonay
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Poroti/Boerwar
    _______________

    You’r both right re a Gulf War
    I read too that the Chinese have a new surface-sea based missile that they say can travel a good way and can be launched from a smallcraft …with devestating results even on big ships…as they are launched in swarms

    As Boerwar said…the US has a poor record in wars since 1945…at immense cost… they generally lose

    Yet Psephos says Iran must be
    ‘dealt with”…So who pays and who does the dying in the next Gulf War” …I suspect not his Israeli friends who always expect others top do that

  • 80
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    bemused

    Cheers

  • 81
    Centre
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Goal

    FC 1 Victory ZIP

    I hope another 5 find the back of the net :P

  • 82
    rossmcg
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    the other thing about the WA shark cull is the contracted fisherman has been all over TV with his face hidden, there is talk of him getting police protection, the usual crap about how greenies are dangerous etc.
    They just showed some film on the news break in the cricket in which there was some pixelation of a face on the boat which was pulling in the shark but you could read the boat’s number!
    I think this is something that was dreamed up in the premiers Dept to give the emperor some clothes has real potential to make him look like an even bigger dill than he is.

  • 83
    himi
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I may regret sticking my oar into this stuff (again), but I really feel I need to comment on some of the things people said in the last thread about Gillard’s wardrobe choices and general presentation.

    I think I can sum up my gut response to almost all of the discussion in two words (and one compound expletive, which really is necessary): Who the fsck /cares/? With the corollary: What the fsck makes anyone think they have a right to comment on these matters?

    Gillard, Bligh, Plibersek, Wong, Bishop the Elder, Bishop the Younger, in fact /any/ of the women who received commentary on their presentation, all have the absolute right to dress, bejewel, make up and smell any way they choose. The only comment that anyone else has a right to make is an expression of their /own personal opinion/ about that choice. Nothing else, nothing more, and most /certainly/ nothing along the lines of “getting it wrong” or “getting it right”.

    As for anything like a Women’s Weekly photo spread . . . again, who /cares/? Hell, if she did a photo shoot for Playboy it would be up to her.

    Why are these people being judged on such things? They deserve to be judged on their actions, not on stupid petty crap like their choice of clothing, whether they show a bit of cleavage, whether they wear pearls or not.

    I’ll readily admit that most of the world doesn’t live up to the standard I’m demanding here, and that many of the choices that people make have impacts on their careers and the like, but that will never change if what are fundamentally sexist judgements aren’t called out.

    himi

  • 84
    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately the MSM have in the past given voice on Australia Day to the minority who are intolerant and consumed with fear/hatred.

    I’ve no doubt the vast majority of Australians treat Australia Day the way it should be treated, with a recognition of how lucky we are to live in relative peace and good fortune.

  • 85
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    rossmcg:

    I wasn’t aware they’d confirmed the species of shark yet?

  • 86
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Aussie A, Thought Labor’s opposition to the shark cull was on the lines of ” You’ve stuffed the process and it won’t work anyway”.

  • 87
    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to WA PBers for shark cull feedback.

    AussieAchmed #76, would you have a link to a relevant statement or article ?

  • 88
    Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    ru

    Insert a new section 127A, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were this country’s first tongues, while confirming that English is Australia’s national language.

    Given that we don’t even have a national language, that seems pretty pointless.

  • 89
    himi
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    poroti@66

    Carey Moore


    What’s the opinion of the general WA public on shark culling?


    Hard to tell but my guess is that it mirrors the “locals” reaction in the NT when the regular as clockwork calls for culling crocs pop up. Real click bait stuff up there. The locals are very much against it. Common arguments against are that it’s their environment , they were here first, we are trespassing on their territory, it’s part of life in the NT so accept it .

    Huh – I don’t recall any calls to cull crocs in the Territory while I was living there, but that’s not the response I’d have expected. It’s rather nice to hear that they’re against the idea, in general.

    himi

  • 90
    MTBW
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    vic

    Thanks from me as well! What a beautiful description of our Country and beautifully written.

  • 91
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Rex D:

    Labor’s fisheries spokesperson has been running a Facebook campaign against the shark cull. Reader survey (FWIW):
    https://www.facebook.com/DaveKellyMLA/posts/583189745095702

  • 92
    lizzie
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Diog

    So what’s the Macquarie Dictionary about?

  • 93
    deblonay
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Re Referendum on the indigenous place in Oz Constitution
    ____________________________
    I have a sinking feeling that such a poll will provide a chance for all the racist bigots…Jones/Bolte/the maddies on Cattalaxy/the wide ranging Right… to oppose it…and giving the dubious history of Referendums… I think it will fail…and then the whole situation will be worse than ever…and far Right will claim victory
    Sorry to voice that view but I think that will happen….one hears this view on talk-backs…this week in Melb after the Cook’s Cottage vandalism…much anti-black sentiment…some quite poisonous..Bolt/Jones stuff really

    just as there is always the anti-Islamist stuff bubbling along

  • 94
    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks confessions. Only 24% in favour says a lot.

  • 95
    bemused
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    himi@83

    I may regret sticking my oar into this stuff (again), but I really feel I need to comment on some of the things people said in the last thread about Gillard’s wardrobe choices and general presentation.

    himi

    You seem to be entirely missing the point that a Prime Minister, be they female or male, has to look and act the part.

    And being a willing participant in dumb things like the WW photo spread did not assist her. Nor would it have assisted a male PM.

  • 96
    leon
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for reminding me about the cricket Ross. After reuniting my fostered magpie chicks with their biological parents this morning I’ve been at a bit of a loss. Australia Day was threatening death through boredom, in the vein of Good Friday and New Year Day.

  • 97
    poroti
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    himi

    Numbers have built up a lot in the NT , crocs and peoples, in recent years.I was up there for a few years from the mid 2000′s . Any attack/death inevitably resulted in such calls. It was a big surprise to me that the local radio callers , NT News comments sections and the people I worked with were heavily on the croc’s side.

    The acceptance of crocs as a fact of life had become a mark of being a Territorian. It was those bloody namby pamby Southerners who wanted to cull them.

  • 98
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    English is Australia’s de facto official language. Meaning it’s not legally so. And for good reason: because it’s unnecessarily rigid to legally mandate an official language. It’s English because all but a very small minority speak it and all signage and official documentation is written in it.

    If, in the future, Australian society has trended to speaking another language, then that would become the de facto official language, by virtue of consensus, not legislation (although, bilingualism would probably be the middle point in such a scenario.)

  • 99
    frednk
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Is a person who flys an Australian flag on Australia day a bogan?

    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/put-away-the-flags-and-enjoy-your-country-on-australia-day-20140125-31fm4.html

  • 100
    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    bemused #95

    What a load of crap.

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