Electoral district of Playford

Playford is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. Named after the long serving South Australian premier Tom Playford, it is a 22.7 km² suburban electorate in Adelaide's north, taking in the suburbs of Green Fields, Mawson Lakes, Para Hills, Para Hills West, Parafield and Parafield Gardens.

South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of Adelaide, South Australia with electoral district of Playford highlighted
Electoral district of Playford (green) in the Greater Adelaide area
StateSouth Australia
MPMichael Brown
PartyAustralian Labor Party (SA)
NamesakeThomas Playford IV
Electors26,374 (2018)
Area24.61 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Coordinates34°49′6″S 138°38′12″E / 34.81833°S 138.63667°E / -34.81833; 138.63667Coordinates: 34°49′6″S 138°38′12″E / 34.81833°S 138.63667°E / -34.81833; 138.63667
Electorates around Playford:
Port Adelaide Ramsay Wright
Port Adelaide Playford Wright
Port Adelaide Florey Florey
Electoral District map[1]

Playford was created as a safe Labor seat and was first contested at the 1970 election, where it was won by Labor candidate Terry McRae. At the 1989 election, McRae resigned from politics, with the seat won by Labor candidate John Quirke. Though typically a safe Labor seat, the seat technically became marginal, reduced to just a 2.7 percent two-party margin at the 1993 election landslide. At the 1997 election, Quirke resigned to enter the Australian Senate, with the seat won by Labor candidate Jack Snelling.

Members for PlayfordEdit

Member Party Term
  Terry McRae Labor 1970–1989
  John Quirke Labor 1989–1997
  Jack Snelling Labor 1997–2018
  Michael Brown Labor 2018–present

Election resultsEdit

2018 South Australian state election: Playford[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michael Brown 10,551 47.2 −4.9
Liberal Hemant Dave 4,679 20.9 −10.4
SA-Best Helen Szuty 4,455 19.9 +19.9
Greens Brock Le Cerf 1,346 6.0 −1.1
Conservatives Shane Sheoran 1,325 5.9 −3.5
Total formal votes 22,356 95.0 −1.0
Informal votes 1,175 5.0 +1.0
Turnout 23,531 89.2 +2.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Michael Brown 14,827 66.3 +4.6
Liberal Hemant Dave 7,529 33.7 −4.6
Labor hold Swing +4.6


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