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Seat of the week: Kingston

Seat of the week continues mopping up South Australia in the wake of the recent state election, this week visiting Amanda Rishworth’s southern suburbs seat of Kingston.

Red and blue numbers respectively indicate booths with two-party majorities for Labor and Liberal. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

A traditionally marginal seat that has strengthened considerably for Labor over the past decade, Kingston covers the outer southern coastal suburbs of Adelaide, from Hallett Cove through Port Noarlunga to Sellicks Beach, and extends inland at its northern end to Happy Valley and Morphett Vale. When created with the expansion of parliament in 1949 it was based further north around Glenelg and Brighton, its then southernmost suburb of Hallett Cove being the only area still in the electorate today. Glenelg was hived off to since-abolished Hawker in 1984, and Brighton was absorbed by Boothby in the rearrangement caused by Hawker’s abolition in 1993.

Kingston had a notional Labor margin of 6.8% upon its creation, but the landslide that ejected the Chifley government from office saw the defeat of their candidate Thomas Sheehy, who had been the member for Boothby since 1943. Pat Galvin won the seat for Labor in 1951, and retained it on variable margins until 1966. It was then caught up in the statewide convulsions of 1966 and 1969, which produced double-digit swings first to Liberal and then to Labor in both Kingston specifically and South Australia as a whole. The Liberals thus held the seat for one term before it returned emphatically to Labor with Richard Gun’s victory in 1969. Kingston subsequently changed hands with the next three changes of government, being held during the Fraser years by Grant Chapman (later to return as a Senator in 1987), during the Hawke years by Gordon Bilney, and for the first term of the Howard government by Susan Jeanes. However, Jeanes did not emerge from the 1996 victory with enough fat on her margin to withstand the GST backlash of 1998, when Labor’s David Cox prevailed by 763 votes on the back of a 2.5% swing.

David Cox held the seat for Labor for two terms in opposition before suffering defeat in 2004 by a margin of 119 votes, having been handicapped by the electorate’s acquisition of the McLaren Vale area in the redistribution caused by the reduction in South Australia’s representation from 12 seats to 11. There followed a swing to the Liberals of 1.4%, which was precisely what Liberal candidate Kym Richardson required to win the seat. However, Richardson’s narrow win gave him no buffer to protect himself against the move to Labor at the 2007 election, although the 4.5% swing was below the South Australian average.

The seat has since been held for Labor by Amanda Rishworth, who achieved the best result of any Labor member at the 2010 election in picking up a 9.5% swing. She was assisted in some degree when Kym Richardson’s comeback bid was scuttled after it emerged he was the subject of a police investigation into allegations he had impersonated a police officer as he sought to have a hotel manager withdraw an allegation of assault against his son. Police did not proceed with a charge of impersonating a police officer as the statute of limitations had expired, and he was eventually acquitted on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Going into the 2013 election she received a 0.9% boost when the redistribution caused McLaren Vale to be moved back into Mayo, a consequence of the electorate’s population growth. The subsequent swing against her was 4.9%, well in line with a statewide result of 5.5% and leaving her with a secure margin of 9.7%.

Prior to entering parliament, Rishworth was a psychologist and an organiser for the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association, which dominates the state party’s Right faction. She won promotion in March 2013 to parliamentary secretary for sustainability and disabilities, and was reassigned to the health portfolio following the September 2013 election defeat.

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  • 101
    jeffemu
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    The floating garbage is from the Minnow.

    They’ve found Gilligan.

  • 102
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    bugler

    Yes that is why Wilson is totally wrong. It’s not the law banning the use of “nigger”. Its our culture doing it.

  • 103
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    @101

    That should be social culture. Sorry

  • 104
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    WA unemployment rises while Abbott plans to increase 457 visas and ease conditions that companies must comply with

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bj3gUkICAAAcHI-.jpg

  • 105
    Bugler
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Guytaur,

    It would be nice if the people apparently opposed to ss 18C-18D of the RCA had actually read them. Like Brandis, Wilson, Everything, etc

  • 106
    zoidlord
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Interesting facts about Finland education:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/03/finnish-education-chief-we-created-a-school-system-based-on-equality/284427/

  • 107
    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Did anyone else note that the Insiders all agreed, 100% that the voters can hardly wait for cutbacks to be announced in the Budget, and that only then they’ll reward the government with increased popularity and higher polling figures?

    The Insiders waxed lyrical about how eagerly the punters wanted cutbacks to start as soon as possible.

    Why, the unemployed wanted pensions cut, and pensioners wanted the dole to be chopped.

    Mothers-to-be wanted the NDIS to be slashed, while disabled people wanted the PPL scheme and childcare to be cut off at the knees.

    Wealthy, self-finded retirees wanted taxes for the low paid to be tightened up, while the low paid thought superannuation rorts could be tidied a little.

    The banks wanted financial advisors’ secret commission to be reinstated, and EVERYONE reckons the banks make too much money.

    Oh yes, the appetite for severe cutbacks is ripe… until the cutbacks lob right on someone’s head. Someone who only wants them when others are the victim of the cutbacks.

  • 108
    zoidlord
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    @BB/106

    Insiders spinning Gov Propaganda, so that people have to accept cuts, instead of protesting the cuts.

  • 109
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    BB

    I only saw parts of insiders and thought that was laughable. No wonder the show is called “insiders”

    Yeah every pensioner, student, unemployed person and parent I know, are itching for cut backs to payments. They are also itching for cutbacks in health and education. They just cant wait

  • 110
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    zoid

    Yes. If we can have a Bolt Law surely we can have a Gina Tax?

  • 111
    MTBW
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    cud chewer

    Since Parliament is not sitting for about six weeks you should contact Albo’s electorate office in Marrickville.

    He has a good staffer called Darcy Byrne who is also Mayor of Leichhardt you could run your ideas by him.

  • 112
    MTBW
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    cud chewer

    Since Parliament is not sitting for about six weeks you should contact Albo’s electorate office in Marrickville.

    He has a good staffer called Darcy Byrne who is also Mayor of Leichhardt you could run your ideas by him.

  • 113
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Angry old racist biggotted misogynistic homophobic lower-classes-hating white men want the right to say what they like, when they like, where they like. After all it is their God-given right.

  • 114
    zoidlord
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Rob Oakeshott ‏@RobOakeshott1 3m

    Black is white in Australia today. Literally. My God, we are now debating ‘nigger’ laws – http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/human-rights-commissioner-tim-wilson-says-race-hate-laws-are-bizarre-unequal-20140329-35qeb.html … #ComeBackMyCountryIMissYou

    Gov priorities all wrong.

    So it’s Cuts for the Poor, and Repeal Laws for the Rich.

  • 115
    Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    jeffemu

    http://s2.djyimg.com/n3/eet-content/uploads/2014/03/gilligans_island_malaysia_airlines.jpg

  • 116
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    George Megalogenis ‏@GMegalogenis 3h
    Dear @timwilsoncomau do you really want the right to call an Indigenous person "nigger" Or were you misquoted? http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/human-rights-commissioner-tim-wilson-says-race-hate-laws-are-bizarre-unequal-20140329-35qeb.html

    Jeez, how much worse can this govt get?

  • 117
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    The Abbott government has tripled the amount of money spent on the large orange lifeboats used to tow back asylum seekers breaching Australian waters to Indonesia to $7.5 million

    lifeboat fleet has increased from 12 boats to about 37 boats, each of which are only used once.

    $5.7 million will also be spent on an Australian Maritime Identification System, i

    the cost of extending naval vessel, the Triton, for six months is $16.8 million, while the cost of increasing the contract for the armed patrol vessel, the Ocean Protector is $25 million

    the floating accommodation vessel Bibby Progress off Manus Island was costing taxpayers $13.3 million over seven months to May 30, while the management firm in charge of Nauru and Manus Island detention centres, Transfield, was also awarded a $1.2 billion contract

    total cost over $68 million without accounting for the cost of the increased accommodation on Nauru and Manus to house the people who are (aren’t) on the boats that have stopped.

    If the boats have stopped why has there been a trebling of the number of life boats?

  • 118
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Up to date report on missing plane

    http://www.theage.com.au/world/missing-malaysia-airlines-plane-new-hope-for-clues-to-mh370s-fate-as-ships-scour-more-hospitable-search-area-20140329-35q99.html

  • 119
    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    AussieAchmed #116

    Not sure why you’re flogging this dead horse.

    The ALP no-visa policy has reduced dangerous boat journeys to a trickle.

    Time to move on.

  • 120
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Rex Douglas
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
    AussieAchmed #116
    Not sure why you’re flogging this dead horse.

    Flogging a dead horse???

    Exposing the lie that the boats have stopped.

    Something no Liberal wants to hear….more Abbott lies exposed.

  • 121
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    DOCTORS have warned elective surgery and emergency department waiting times will be hit by a $560 million federal funding cut to hospitals.
    NSW hospitals stand to lose $200 million over four years under the current agreement.
    The federal government has blamed the previous Gillard government for the cuts.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/surgical-blowout-if-funds-savaged/story-fnii5s3x-1226868519988

  • 122
    zoidlord
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    @Victoria/120

    More blame game, typical, gets really boring.

    Perhaps it’s something to do with demand for hospitals, rather than blowout?

  • 123
    briefly
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    115
    confessions

    George Megalogenis ‏@GMegalogenis 3h
    Dear @timwilsoncomau do you really want the right to call an Indigenous person "nigger" Or were you misquoted? http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/human-rights-commissioner-tim-wilson-says-race-hate-laws-are-bizarre-unequal-20140329-35qeb.html

    Jeez, how much worse can this govt get?

    The appointment of Tim Wilson will come back to haunt Brandis and Abbott. He will become known as the Commissioner for Defamation and Vilification. As with so many other elements of social policy, this is an attempt to lead us back to the past, in this case back to an Australia where conservative white men ruled without question or hindrance.

  • 124
    cud chewer
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    MTBW @110,

    Thanks for that lead :)

  • 125
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    William,

    Gad Sir!

    I’m glad to see, by your choice of Seat for this thread, you are giving due recognition to the Prime Minister’s plan to confer knighthoods.

    Toodlepip.

  • 126
    lefty e
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, LNP tackling the big issues, like the ‘right’ to be a complete deadshit to your fellow Australians. And then be awarded the honorific Sir Deadshit for doing so.

    PS We dont accept economic refugees, never have, so everyone can calm down. “Wanting a better life” is not one of the tests under the Convention, and will get you nowhere in the assessment process. It will get you deported.

  • 127
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    briefly:

    I’m just stunned at the self indulgence shown by this mob. There’s no effort to try to talk about the things that actually matter to people, just these silly culture war games, and now leading one another down holes to see who can reach the bottom of the pit the fastest.

    Not even Barnett has been this bad.

  • 128
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    BK,

    There is no way I can bring myself to watch that impostor Boxhead Cormann on Insiders this morning. Instead, I’ll be sinking a fencepost hole and then hanging a gate.

    Is there no way, instead, you can watch the gate and hang Boxhead?

  • 129
    NathanA
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    BB 106

    I only caught the end of Insiders and I noticed that as well. It seems a tough budget no longer requires economic justification, but merely some idiot in the media saying “that’s what the voters want”. Any suggestion that the media has a role in explaining what the consequences are of “tough” budgets are to our economic and social wellbeing is all rather quaint, according to those that inhabit the couches on Insiders anyway.

  • 130
    BK
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    AA
    Good thought!
    And the gate is all done. Next to spray capeweed in one paddock.

  • 131
    briefly
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    126...confessions

    My reaction consists of sorrow and amazement. I think they will pay a heavy price in the end. They are trying to up-end decades of social, cultural, demographic and economic evolution by political means. It will simply produce division and resentment. While this will not work, it looks to be a significant part of their political strategy. But it’s very crude and makes them seem as archaic as they actually are.

  • 132
    dave
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    confessions@126

    I’m just stunned at the self indulgence shown by this mob. There’s no effort to try to talk about the things that actually matter to people, just these silly culture war games, and now leading one another down holes to see who can reach the bottom of the pit the fastest.

    I hope more of your fellow WA Senate re-voters think likewise.

    But we are probably in for disappointment.

    But we will soon see.

  • 133
    imacca
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    There’s no effort to try to talk about the things that actually matter to people, just these silly culture war games, and now leading one another down holes to see who can reach the bottom of the pit the fastest.

    Fess, i think that it is a function of them believing that they can not get their “promises” through the Senate at the moment coupled with worries about the new Senate.

    They are frightened that they will have to actually negotiate and be found to have been “lying” about what they will do particularly on Carbon Price ad MRRT.

  • 134
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Announcing extension of prevention of homelessness funds today was one Kevin Andrews.

    The Salvation Army puts a backdrop up for him.

    Adult Services. Someone has a sense of humour

  • 135
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    briefly

    It is not a coincidence that the right to be a bigot and the re introduction of knights and dames has taken centre stage.

  • 136
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    They are trying to up-end decades of social, cultural, demographic and economic evolution by political means.

    Yeah, and it’s hell scary where it all might end up.

  • 137
    dave
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    victoria@134

    It is not a coincidence that the right to be a bigot and the re introduction of knights and dames has taken centre stage.

    It will be interesting to see the tories reaction when, not if, the same bigotry they intend to make legal is used back on them in ‘liberal’ doses.

    Squealing.

  • 138
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    confessions

    That is why I an glad that Abbott did not do a Howard and get the Senate. We would have been in real trouble.

    A circus Senate is miles ahead in that regard

  • 139
    briefly
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    victoria/134

    I think you’re quite right. It is such a strange thing. The ideologues seem to think – sincerely believe – that people will lap it up and reward their weirdness with gratitude. Abbott is showing his true sensibilities. He’s a snob, a bully and a prat.

  • 140
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    BK,

    AA
    Good thought!
    And the gate is all done. Next to spray capeweed in one paddock.

    This might give you an idea of how to hang Boxhead the Human Gate.

    http://www.dirtybutton.com/media/db1763-human-horse-gate.jpg

  • 141
    BK
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Yes AA, a fitting gesture.

  • 142
    BK
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I meant AC.

  • 143
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    imacca:

    Maybe. To me it looks more like they don’t have any real ideas for governing apart from ideological obsessions.

  • 144
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    @political_alert: Shadow Health Minister @CatherineKingMP doorstop discussing Health Cuts, Homelessness Services: http://t.co/l1xv2OsTQ1 #auspol

  • 145
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    dave

    I doubt Abbott and Co are concerned. The message is very clear. The superior class are white and privileged

  • 146
    imacca
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    To me it looks more like they don’t have any real ideas for governing apart from ideological obsessions.

    There is that as well. :)

  • 147
    victoria
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    briefly

    It is beyond weird. Abbott and Co must not get out much, but Australia has irreversibly changed. It is a melting pot of many cultures.

  • 148
    Thomas. Paine.
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Domestic Terror? Has Pilberseck lost her marbles or another CIA NSA handmaiden .,

    ,.. sacrificing a little freedom for more security.. deserving neither…. or some such.

  • 149
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    DOCTORS have warned elective surgery and emergency department waiting times will be hit by a $560 million federal funding cut to hospitals.
    NSW hospitals stand to lose $200 million over four years under the current agreement.
    The federal government has blamed the previous Gillard government for the cuts.

    I keep having this feeling that I was in a parallel universe and heard Abbott promise that he would not cut funding to health and education.

    This the way Abbott keeps his promises…Maggie should be worried about those marriage vows.

  • 150
    sohar
    Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m quite happy for the government to cut funds for Cassidy’s job. I’m sure he’ll understand that it is for the good of the country.

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