Electoral district of Bragg

Bragg is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. The seat is named after the eminent physicists Bragg – William Henry and his son, William Lawrence. The electorate is largely suburban and encompasses a significant portion of the City of Burnside, stretching from the east parklands of Adelaide into the Adelaide Hills. After the redistribution following the 2006 election, the boundary moved eastwards to include suburbs that had formerly been in the electorate of Heysen and now borders Kavel. Bragg currently includes the metropolitan suburbs of Auldana, Beaumont, Beulah Park, Burnside, Cleland, Erindale, Greenhill, Hazelwood Park, Heathpool, Horsnell Gully, Kensington, Kensington Park, Kensington Gardens, Leabrook, Leawood Gardens, Linden Park, Marryatville, Mount Osmond, Rosslyn Park, Skye, St Georges, Stonyfell, Toorak Gardens, Tusmore, Waterfall Gully, Wattle Park and part of Glen Osmond.

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Bragg highlighted
Electoral district of Bragg (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
StateSouth Australia
MPVickie Chapman
PartyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
NamesakeWilliam Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg
Electors25,370 (2018)
Area46.11 km2 (17.8 sq mi)
Coordinates34°57′30″S 138°41′39″E / 34.95833°S 138.69417°E / -34.95833; 138.69417Coordinates: 34°57′30″S 138°41′39″E / 34.95833°S 138.69417°E / -34.95833; 138.69417
Electorates around Bragg:
Dunstan Hartley Morialta
Unley Bragg Morialta
Waite Waite Heysen
Electoral District map[1]

The electorate was first contested at the 1970 election as a replacement for the abolished, larger electorate of Burnside, one of fifteen new electorates created in Adelaide to give the metropolitan area fairer representation. It has been held by the Liberals and their predecessors, the Liberal and Country League for its entire existence, and for most of that time has been the safest Liberal seat in the metropolitan area. The Liberals have never won less than 60 percent of the two-party preferred vote, and have always won outright majorities on the first count.

As a measure of the strong Liberal support in this seat, the Liberals easily retained it even in the Labor landslides of 1977, 1985 and 2006, each time winning at least 55 percent of the primary vote. For example, in 2006 the Liberals suffered a swing of 6.8 percent in Bragg, but still comfortably retained it with a majority of 12.6 percent–the only safe metropolitan Liberal seat and one of only four safe Liberal seats statewide.

The seat has been held by only three members in its present incarnation, all of whom have gone on to serve in cabinet. Bragg's best-known member was its first, David Tonkin, who served as Premier of South Australia from 1979 to 1982. He resigned shortly after the Liberals lost the 1982 state election. At the ensuing 1983 Bragg by-election fellow Liberal Graham Ingerson retained the seat without serious difficulty. Ingerson went on to become a minister under Dean Brown and John Olsen and served as Deputy Premier under Olsen from 1996 to 1998. Ingerson retired in 2002 and was succeeded by incumbent Vickie Chapman, two time Liberal leadership challenger and two time Liberal deputy leader from 2006 until 2009 and again since 2013. In 2018 Chapman became Deputy Premier.

Members for BraggEdit

Member Party Term
  David Tonkin Liberal and Country 1970–1974
  Liberal 1974–1983
  Graham Ingerson Liberal 1983–2002
  Vickie Chapman Liberal 2002–present

Election resultsEdit

2018 South Australian state election: Bragg[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Vickie Chapman 14,567 63.1 −0.8
Labor Rick Sarre 5,513 23.9 −0.4
Greens Neil Zwaans 2,072 9.0 −2.1
Dignity Taylah Neagle 927 4.0 +3.8
Total formal votes 23,079 97.7 −0.5
Informal votes 541 2.3 +0.5
Turnout 23,620 91.8 +0.5
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Vickie Chapman 15,566 67.4 +0.3
Labor Rick Sarre 7,513 32.6 −0.3
Liberal hold Swing +0.3


  1. ^ Electoral District of Bragg (Map). Electoral Commission of South Australia. 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ State Election Results – District Results for Bragg, ECSA.