Electoral district of Mawson

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Mawson is an electoral district of the House of Assembly in the Australian state of South Australia. It covers the outer southern suburbs of Woodcroft, Hackham, Hackham West, Huntfield Heights and Noarlunga Downs, as well as the regional shopping centre at Noarlunga as well as the southern wine region around McLaren Vale and Willunga. The latest redistribution saw the electorate lose some of Onkaparinga Hills west of Kimbley Road to Reynell.

The electorate was created in the 1969 redistribution. It is named after Sir Douglas Mawson, a geologist and explorer who made several expeditions to Antarctica. It was traditionally a bellwether seat, as it was won by the party that subsequently formed government at every election until 2002, when Robert Brokenshire held the seat for the Liberal Party amidst a Labor election victory. Although it was thought that Brokenshire had established a base in Mawson, it reverted to form at the 2006 election, with his defeat by Labor candidate and former journalist Leon Bignell.

Members for Mawson

MemberPartyTerm
 Donald HopgoodAustralian Labor Party1970–1977
 Leslie DruryAustralian Labor Party1977–1979
 Ivar SchmidtLiberal Party of Australia1979–1982
 Susan LenehanAustralian Labor Party1982–1993
 Robert BrokenshireLiberal Party of Australia1993–2006
 Leon BignellAustralian Labor Party2006–present

Election results

South Australian state election, 2010: Mawson
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
LaborLeon Bignell9,84945.9+2.1
LiberalMatt Donovan7,64235.6-4.3
Family FirstAndrew Tainsh1,5707.3+0.8
GreensPalitja Moore1,3876.5+1.4
Gamers 4 CroydonBen Ernst4131.9+1.9
Save the RAHDavid Senior2591.2+1.2
IndependentMichael Lee1680.8+0.8
Fair Land TaxHarry Tsekouras1550.7+0.7
Total formal votes21,44395.4
Informal votes9414.6
Turnout22,38493.5
Two-party-preferred result
LaborLeon Bignell11,65954.4+2.2
LiberalMatt Donovan9,78445.6-2.2
Labor holdSwing+2.2

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