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Charles Kingston, the division's namesake

The division was named after Charles Kingston, Premier of South Australia (1893–1899), elected to the first House of Representatives in 1901 and the first Federal member of the Division of Adelaide in 1903. Kingston was first based on the Holdfast Bay area to the north of the current boundaries from the 1949 election as a notionally marginal to fairly safe Labor seat. However, it fell to the Liberals in that election, only to have Labor win it at the 1951 election. This started a tradition of Labor and the Liberals alternating for long spells in a seat that has slowly moved south over the decades. It has now moved almost clear of its original boundaries; Hallett Cove is the only suburb within the seat's current borders that was part of the seat in 1949.

It has tended to elect an MP from the governing party of the day, having elected only four opposition MPs. Notably, every sitting member in the electorate's history has been defeated at the polls—none have retired or resigned.[1]

Kingston has been represented by Labor MP Amanda Rishworth since the 2007 election where she won with a 54.4 percent two-party vote from a 4.5 percent swing. Going into the 2010 election, it was the most marginal Labor seat in South Australia. However, Rishworth consolidated her hold on the seat in 2010 by winning a 64 percent two-party vote from a 9.5 percent swing. At the 2013 election, Rishworth suffered a 4.9 percent swing to finish on a 59.7 percent two-party vote, but was still the second largest vote of any party in Kingston's history. In 2016, Rishworth further strengthened her hold on Kingston by boosting her majority to 67.1 percent on a swing of 7.7 percent, the strongest result in the seat's history. It is now Labor's second-safest seat in South Australia, behind only Port Adelaide, on two-party terms, however on the primary vote Kingston polled one percent higher at over 49 percent, the highest primary vote of South Australia's 11 seats. Though Labor picked up a two-party swing in all eleven seats, the presence of Nick Xenophon Team candidates in all eleven seats produced, apart from a suppressed major party primary vote, a result where Rishworth was the only major party candidate in the state to pick up a primary vote swing.


The larger 2004–13 incarnation.

Kingston began to move south from 1969 when the Holdfast Bay area was transferred to the newly created seat of Hawker. Successive redistributions saw Hawker continue to push Kingston south over time, and by 1984 the seat had moved to roughly its current position, though without the current southern coastal strip.[2]

The redistribution before the 2013 election removed Kingston's rural areas with the transfer of around 6,500 voters in McLaren Vale and Willunga to Mayo, increasing Labor's Kingston margin by half a percent.[3] This substantially reduced the area covered by the electorate, down from 377 to 171 square kilometres, almost the same as the 2001 to 2004 boundaries.[4] The previous larger boundaries were used from 2004 to 2013 and loosely from 1993 to 1998.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Jim Handby
Liberal 10 December 1949
28 April 1951
Lost seat
    Pat Galvin
Labor 28 April 1951
26 November 1966
Lost seat
    Kay Brownbill
Liberal 26 November 1966
25 October 1969
Lost seat
    Dr Richard Gun
Labor 25 October 1969
13 December 1975
Lost seat
    Grant Chapman
Liberal 13 December 1975
5 March 1983
Lost seat. Later elected to the Senate in 1987
    Gordon Bilney
Labor 5 March 1983
2 March 1996
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Lost seat
    Susan Jeanes
Liberal 2 March 1996
3 October 1998
Lost seat
    David Cox
Labor 3 October 1998
9 October 2004
Lost seat
    Kym Richardson
Liberal 9 October 2004
24 November 2007
Lost seat
    Amanda Rishworth
Labor 24 November 2007

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Kingston[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Amanda Rishworth 53,655 50.58 +5.22
Liberal Laura Curran 33,650 31.72 +5.60
Greens Nikki Mortier 9,764 9.20 +3.36
United Australia Jodie Hoskin 5,270 4.97 +4.97
Animal Justice Kellie Somers 3,742 3.53 +3.27
Total formal votes 106,081 95.89 −0.25
Informal votes 4,547 4.11 +0.25
Turnout 110,628 93.17 +1.31
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Amanda Rishworth 65,708 61.94 −1.61
Liberal Laura Curran 40,373 38.06 +1.61
Labor hold Swing −1.61

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Munro, Ian (26 July 2010). "Labor incumbent looks safe in see-saw seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  2. ^ SA boundary map, 1984: Atlas SA Archived 2016-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ABC profile for Kingston: 2013
  4. ^ SA boundary map, 2001: AEC
  5. ^ Kingston, SA, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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