Safely held, thanks to submarines

Jun 23, 2016
Sturt saved by a submarine deal. Source Adelaide Now
Sitting Member:
Pyne, C (LP)
Size of electorate:
85 sq. Km

Redistribution details:

Not since 1950

Sitting Member


Key Comments

The Sturt Electorate covers approximately 85sq m. It holds the UniSA Magill Campus and is primarily residential with some retail outlets.

Electorate Profile

The electorate of Sturt in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide is currently a safe seat for the Liberal Party held by high-profile cabinet minister, Christopher Pyne, since 1993.
The Sturt electorate covers an area of approximately 85 square kilometres and encompasses the Adelaide eastern suburbs, which are largely residential with a mixed population of middle to high-income earners.
There are both commercial and retail activities in Sturt including Burnside Village and other suburban shopping centres, and the University of South Australia Magill campus, as well as a number of large private schools.
Since its establishment the voters of Sturt have shown a strong preference for the Liberal Party with only two terms in which a Labor member was elected. 
This electorate now has South Australia’s highest number of residents over the age of 65 (19.7per cent), which is more than 27,500 potential voters. As a result issues relevant to this demographic are critical in Sturt, including pensions, superannuation and health care.
Sturt also has a significant immigrant population, with 30 per cent of residents speaking a language other than English at home. 
Sturt has an unemployment rate of 5.1%, compared to the State average of 7.7%. The median individual income is $561 per week and the median household income is $1141 per week. The majority of workers are employed in the health care/social assistance occupations with the retail industry the second largest employer. The majority of employed residents in Sturt work in professional or clerical/administrative and managerial roles. Machinery operators and labourers make up less than 5.3% of the employed population. 
However, in Sturt, as elsewhere in South Australia, employment and economic growth are major concerns. Christopher Pyne's tenth election in Sturt may be considered a certainty, but his role in securing the $50 billion contract to build the next generation of submarines in South Australia was regarded as critical to holding on to Sturt. 

2013 Election Results

Candidate Party Votes % Swing(%)
PYNE, ChristopherElected Liberal 49429 54.4 +6.22
BARNES, Kylie Family First 3565 3.92 +0.16
SARRE, Rick Australian Labor Party 26258 28.9 -7.11
SCALI, Gabriella Alexandra Palmer United Party 2713 2.99 +2.99
WALKER, Anne Australian Greens 8902 9.8 -0.28
...... Australian Democrats 0 0 -0.62
...... ON 0 0 -0.48
...... Liberal Democratic Party 0 0 -0.78
...... No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics 0 0 -0.02
...... Secular Party of Australia 0 0 -0.01
...... Other 0 0 -0.06
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