2018 South Australian state election

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All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
24 seats were needed for a majority
11 (of the 22) seats in the South Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Steven Marshall Jay Weatherill Nick Xenophon
Party Liberal Labor SA-Best
Leader since 4 February 2013 21 October 2011 4 July 2017
Leader's seat Dunstan Cheltenham None (contested Hartley)
Last election 22 seats 23 seats Did not exist
Seats won 25 19 0 seats
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 4 Steady
Popular vote 398,182 343,896 148,360
Percentage 37.97% 32.79% 14.15%
Swing Decrease 6.81 Decrease 3.01 Increase 14.15
TPP 51.94% 48.06%
TPP swing Decrease 1.07 Increase 1.07

Premier before election

Jay Weatherill

Elected Premier

Steven Marshall

The 2018 South Australian state election to elect members to the 54th Parliament of South Australia was held on 17 March 2018. All 47 seats in the House of Assembly or lower house, whose members were elected at the 2014 election, and 11 of 22 seats in the Legislative Council or upper house, last filled at the 2010 election, were contested. The record-16-year-incumbent Australian Labor Party (SA) government led by Premier Jay Weatherill was seeking a fifth four-year term, but was defeated by the opposition Liberal Party of Australia (SA), led by Opposition Leader Steven Marshall. Nick Xenophon's new SA Best party unsuccessfully sought to obtain the balance of power.

Like federal elections, South Australia has compulsory voting, uses full-preference instant-runoff voting for single-member electorates in the lower house and optional preference single transferable voting in the proportionally represented upper house. The election was conducted by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA), an independent body answerable to Parliament.


House of Assembly

Main article: Results of the South Australian state election, 2018 (House of Assembly)

Winning party by electorate.
  Liberal (25) Opposition
  Labor (19) Crossbench
  Independent (3)[a]  
House of Assembly (IRV) – Turnout 91.0% (CV) – Informal 4.1%[1]
Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 398,182 38.0 −6.81 25 Increase 3
  Labor 343,896 32.8 −3.01 19 Decrease 4
  SA-Best 148,360 14.2 +14.2 0 Steady
  Greens 69,826 6.7 −2.1 0 Steady
  Independents 36,780 3.5 −0.2 3 Increase 1
  Conservatives 31,826 3.0 −3.2[a] 0 Steady
  Dignity 15,565 1.5 +0.9 0 Steady
  Animal Justice 3,262 0.3 +0.3 0 Steady
  Danig 732 0.1 +0.1 0 Steady
  Stop Population Growth Now 284 0.0 +0.0 0 Steady
 Formal votes 1,048,713 95.90 +0.94
 Informal votes 44,871 4.10
 Total 1,093,584 100 47
 Registered voters / turnout 1,201,775 91.00 −0.94
Two-party-preferred vote
  Liberal 544,654 51.9 –1.1 25 Increase 3
  Labor 504,059 48.1 +1.1 19 Decrease 4
Popular vote
Two-party-preferred vote

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-election Swing Post-election[2]
Party Member Margin* Margin Member Party
Florey Labor Frances Bedford 9.1 15.2 6.1 Frances Bedford Independent
King Labor vacant – new seat <0.1 0.7 0.7 Paula Luethen Liberal  
Mount Gambier   Liberal Troy Bell 21.4 31.7 10.3 Troy Bell Independent  
1 Frances Bedford resigned from Labor in March 2017 to sit as an independent, after she failed to gain preselection.
2 Troy Bell resigned from the Liberals in August 2017 to sit as an independent, after he was charged by the state ICAC.
* Notional margins were calculated by the ABC's election analyst Antony Green.

Party-redistributed seats

Seat 2014 election 2016 redistribution Swing 2018 election[2]
Party Member Margin Party Margin* Margin Member Party
Colton   Labor Paul Caica 1.5   Liberal 3.9 4.0 7.9 Matt Cowdrey Liberal  
Elder   Labor Annabel Digance 1.8 Liberal 4.1 0.3 4.4 Carolyn Habib Liberal
Mawson   Labor Leon Bignell 4.6 Liberal 4.2 4.5 0.3 Leon Bignell Labor
Newland   Labor Tom Kenyon 1.4 Liberal 0.2 1.7 2.0 Richard Harvey Liberal
* Notional margins were calculated by the ABC's election analyst Antony Green.

The seats of Colton, Elder, Mawson and Newland were won by Labor at the previous election, but the 2016 redistribution made them notionally Liberal seats. Colton, Elder and Newland were won by the Liberals; Mawson was retained by Labor.[2]

Legislative Council

Main article: Results of the 2018 South Australian state election (Legislative Council)

  Liberal (9)
  Labor (8)
  SA-BEST (2)
  Greens (2)
  Advance SA (1)  
  1. ^ Compared to 2014 election result for Family First, which merged into the Conservatives.
Legislative Council(STV) – Turnout 91.2% (CV) – Informal 4.1%[3]
Party Votes % +/- Seats
Up Won Total
  Liberal 338,700 32.23 −3.8 8 3 4 9 Increase 1
  Labor 304,229 28.95 −2.0 8 4 4 8 Steady
  SA-Best 203,364 19.35 +6.46[a] 0 0[b] 2 2 Increase 2
  Greens 61,610 5.86 −0.6 2 1 1 2 Steady
  Conservatives 36,525 3.48 −0.9[c] 2 2 0 0 Decrease 2
  Liberal Democrats 25,956 2.47 +1.9 0 0 0 0 Steady
  Animal Justice 22,822 2.17 +1.3 0 0 0 0 Steady
  Dignity 20,337 1.93 +1.0 1 1 0 0 Decrease 1
  Child Protection 15,530 1.48 +1.5 0 0 0 0 Steady
  Stop Population Growth Now 12,878 1.22 +0.8 0 0 0 0 Steady
  Independents 4,602 0.40 −1.3[d] 1 1 0 0 Decrease 1
  Advance SA 4,227 0.44 +0.4 1[e] 0 0 1 Steady
  Danig 94 0.00 +0.0 0 0 0 0 Steady
 Formal votes 1,050,874 95.94
 Informal votes 44,497 4.06
 Total 1,093,584 100 22 11 11 22


Four hours after the close of polls, at approximately 10pm ACDT, incumbent Premier Jay Weatherill telephoned Steven Marshall and conceded defeat. Weatherill subsequently publicly announced that he had conceded, saying, "I'm sorry I couldn't bring home another victory, but I do feel like one of those horses that has won four Melbourne Cups and I think the handicap has caught up with us on this occasion." Marshall claimed victory saying, "A massive thank you to the people of South Australia who have put their trust, their faith in me and the Liberal team for a new dawn, a new dawn for South Australia!"[4][5][6][7] After the SA Best party failed to win a seat in the lower house, Nick Xenophon ruled out a return to federal politics.[8]

Following the election outcome, Weatherill resigned as state Labor leader and returned to the backbench. Outgoing Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas became Leader of the Opposition, with outgoing Education Minister Susan Close as deputy, following a Labor caucus meeting on 9 April 2018.[9][10][11]

Notably, the Liberals won 16 of the 33 metropolitan seats, their best showing in the Adelaide area since their landslide victory in 1993, when they took all but nine seats in the capital. Labor had spent all but 12 of the 48 years since the end of the Playmander in government due to its traditional dominance of Adelaide. South Australia is one of the most centralised states in Australia; Adelaide is home to over three-quarters of the state's population. To a greater extent than other state capitals, Adelaide is decisive in deciding state election outcomes. Since the end of the Playmander, most elections have seen Labor win most of the metropolitan seats, with most of the Liberal vote locked up in safe rural seats. In 2010, for instance, the Liberals won 51 percent of the two-party vote on a swing that should have been large enough to deliver them government. However, they only won nine seats in Adelaide, allowing Labor to eke out a two-seat majority. In 2014, while picking up a two percent two-party swing, the Liberals were only able to win an additional three seats in Adelaide.

New Parties - Australian Conservatives and SA Best

Two Federal Senators from South Australia, Cory Bernardi and Nick Xenophon formed new political parties which would contest the State Election.

In April 2017 Cory Bernardi's new party Australian Conservatives merged with Family First Party and its two state incumbents Dennis Hood and Robert Brokenshire joined the party. The Australian Conservatives at its first election would not win any seats. At the election, the Australian Conservatives suffered a 3.2% swing in the South Australian House of Assembly (from a Family First vote of 6.2% in 2014) for a primary vote of 3.0%. It stood 33 candidates for the lower house, none of whom came close to being elected. It suffered a swing of 0.9% swing in the Legislative Council (from a Family First vote of 4.4% in 2014) for a primary vote of 3.5%.[12][13]

Nick Xenophon announced a few SA Best lower house candidates. Polls had included Xenophon's party as one of the four parties they monitored explicitly since February 2016.[14] Originally, SA Best planned to only contest 12 seats.[15] This was increased to 20.[15] On 27 January, a landmark was passed when Xenophon announced eight new candidates, making a total of 24. This was the minimum number to be theoretically capable of forming majority government in the 47-seat house.[16] On 1 February, Xenophon said it was likely the total number of SA Best lower house candidates would be around 30.[17]

During the election Xenophon and his SA Best party pushed for a law that Ice users in South Australia will be forced into drug rehabilitation.[18][19][20]

After early opinion polls indicated that SA Best could outperform the two main incumbent parties,[21] the party ultimately contested 36 seats in the House of Assembly and put forward four candidates for the upper house. Opinion polling indicated a strong performance for the party was possible in at least 10 seats.[22]

Key seats for SA Best

The table lists, according to The Poll Bludger website and based on the Nick Xenophon Team's Senate vote performance at the 2016 federal election, the strongest SA Best seats.[22]

Seat Party NXT vote
Heysen LIB 31.2%
Chaffey LIB 30.5%
Finniss LIB 30.4%
Kavel LIB 29.8%
Morialta LIB 26.9%
Giles ALP 26.5%
Mawson LIB (notional) 25.8%
Stuart LIB 25.8%
Mt Gambier LIB 25.4%
Narungga LIB 25.0%
Hammond LIB 24.3%
Davenport LIB 24.2%
Newland LIB (notional) 23.7%
Hartley LIB 23.7%
Waite LIB 23.5%

Though most of the listed seats are safe Liberal seats, a third party or candidate with a substantial vote was believed to be more likely to be successful in a traditionally safe seat than a marginal seat due to it being easier to out-poll the comparatively low primary vote of the seat's traditionally uncompetitive major party, usually before but occasionally after the distribution of preferences (see 2009 Frome state by-election). If the third party attracts enough first preference votes away from the dominant party, then it is possible that the preferences of voters for the second traditional party will assist the new party's candidate to overtake and therefore defeat the incumbent on the two-candidate-preferred vote (rather than the normally pivotal two-party-preferred vote). According to The Poll Bludger, Nick Xenophon's SA Best candidates "will stand an excellent chance in any seat where they are able to outpoll one or other major party, whose voters will overwhelmingly place them higher than the candidate of the rival major party. In that circumstance, the more strongly performing major party candidate will be in serious trouble unless their own primary vote approaches 50%, which will be difficult to achieve in circumstances where approaching a quarter of the vote has gone to SA Best."[22]

Analysis in December 2017 from polling company Essential Research found SA Best preference flows of 60/40 to Liberal/Labor, indicating that the substantial third party presence of SA Best is eating in to the Liberal vote somewhat greater than the Labor vote.[23]

Ultimately, the SA Best party failed to secure any lower house seats,[24] although there was a close contest on preferences in the seat of Heysen, which is based in the Adelaide Hills, where the final two party result was Liberal 51.2% to SA Best 48.2%. [25] SA Best party leader Xenophon failed to win the seat of Hartley after finishing second on first preferences with 24.9%. The seat was retained by the Liberals after Xenophon was eliminated from the 2 party count, after falling between the Labor candidate, due to the preference redistributions from the other 4 candidates which totalled about 10% of the vote. The party came second on primary votes in ten seats; the strongest results were in Chaffey, Finniss, Hartley, Heysen and Taylor where the party received over 24%. [26][27] [28] [29][30]
SA Best did, however, secure two upper house positions in the South Australian Legislative Council, with the successful election of Connie Bonaros, the campaign manager, and Frank Pangallo, Xenophon's former media advisor.[31][32]

Following the election, NXT Senator Stirling Griff claimed that polling indicated a 5% drop in SA Best's vote as a direct result of negative advertisements by two major parties as well as the Australian Hotels Association (AHA). He also claimed paternity for an election ad that had been described as "wacky, cheesy"[33] and that that ad actually led to a polling bump for SA Best.[34]



There were fourteen political parties registered with the Electoral Commission of South Australia at the time of the election, which were consequently eligible to field candidates for election.[35] Aside from the major parties (Labor and Liberal parties), SA-Best, which polled higher figures than the major parties on occasion, ran in 36 seats, more than the 24 theoretically required to form government.[36] The fourteen parties registered with the Commission were Advance SA, Animal Justice Party, Australian Conservatives, Child Protection Party, Danig Party of Australia, Dignity Party, the Australian Greens SA, Australian Labor Party (SA Branch) and Country Labor Party, Liberal Party of Australia (SA Division), Liberal Democratic Party, the National Party of Australia (SA) Inc, Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST, and Stop Population Growth Now.[35] Since the previous election, six new parties had registered: Danig Party of Australia, Animal Justice Party, Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST, Australian Conservatives, Advance SA and the Child Protection Party. Four were no longer registered: FREE Australia Party, Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Multicultural Progress Party and the Family First Party.[37][38]

Voting changes

Like federal elections, South Australia has compulsory voting and uses full-preference instant-runoff voting for single-member electorates in the lower house. However, following similar Senate changes which took effect from the 2016 federal election, South Australia's single transferable vote in the proportionally represented upper house changed from group voting tickets to optional preferential voting − instructions for above the line votes were to mark '1' and then further preferences optional as opposed to preference flows from simply '1' above the line being determined by group voting tickets, while instructions for voters who instead opt to vote below the line were to provide at least twelve preferences as opposed to having to number all candidates, and with a savings provision to admit ballot papers which indicate at least six below-the-line preferences.[39]

Previous election

The 2014 election resulted in a hung parliament with 23 seats for Labor and 22 for the Liberals. The balance of power rested with the two crossbench independents, Bob Such and Geoff Brock. Such did not indicate who he would support in a minority government before he went on medical leave for a brain tumour, diagnosed one week after the election. University of Adelaide Professor and Political Commentator Clem Macintyre said the absence of Such virtually guaranteed that Brock would back Labor – with 24 seats required to govern, Brock duly provided support to the incumbent Labor government, allowing Premier Jay Weatherill to continue in office as head of a minority government. Macintyre said:[40]

If Geoff Brock had gone with the Liberals, then the Parliament would have effectively been tied 23 to 23, so once Bob Such became ill and stepped away then Geoff Brock, I think had no choice but to side with Labor.

The Liberals were reduced to 21 seats in May 2014 when Martin Hamilton-Smith became an independent and entered cabinet with Brock. Both Hamilton-Smith and Brock agreed to support the government on confidence and supply while retaining the right to otherwise vote on conscience. It is Labor's longest-serving South Australian government and the second longest-serving South Australian government behind the Playmander-assisted Thomas Playford IV. Aside from Playford, it is the second time that any party has won four consecutive state elections in South Australia, the first occurred when Don Dunstan led Labor to four consecutive victories between 1970 and 1977. Recent hung parliaments occurred when Labor came to government at the 2002 election and prior to that at the 1997 election which saw the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia, created in 1974, win re-election for the first time. Following the 2014 election, Labor went from minority to majority government when Nat Cook won the 2014 Fisher by-election by five votes from a 7.3 percent two-party swing which was triggered by the death of Such. Despite this, the Jay Weatherill Labor government kept Brock and Hamilton-Smith in cabinet, giving the government a 26 to 21 parliamentary majority.[41] Frances Bedford resigned from Labor and became an independent in March 2017 after minister Jack Snelling was endorsed for Florey pre-selection as a result of the major electoral redistribution ahead of the 2018 election. As with the rest of the crossbench, Bedford will continue to provide confidence and supply support to the incumbent Labor government.[42] Duncan McFetridge resigned from the Liberals and moved to the crossbench as an independent in May 2017 after Stephen Patterson was endorsed for Morphett pre-selection.[43] Troy Bell resigned from the Liberals and moved to the crossbench as an independent in August 2017 due to criminal financial allegations.[44]


See also: List of South Australian House of Assembly by-elections

Labor candidate Nat Cook won the traditionally Liberal seat of Fisher at the December 2014 by-election by just 9 votes (Lib 10,275 LAB 10,284) after preferences from a 7.3 percent Liberal to Labor two-party swing, taking Labor from minority to majority government.

Independent Bob Such died from a brain tumour on 11 October 2014 which triggered a by-election in Fisher for 6 December.[45] Labor's Nat Cook won the by-election by nine votes with a 7.3 percent two-party swing against the Liberals, resulting in a change from minority to majority government. On a 0.02 percent margin it is the most marginal seat in parliament.[41] Despite this, the Weatherill Labor government kept crossbench MPs Geoff Brock and Martin Hamilton-Smith in cabinet, giving the government a 26 to 21 parliamentary majority.[41] ABC psephologist Antony Green described the by-election as a "very bad result for the Liberal Party in South Australia" both state and federally, and that a fourth term government gaining a seat at a by-election is unprecedented in Australian history.[46]

Liberal Iain Evans in Davenport resigned from parliament on 30 October 2014 which triggered a 2015 Davenport by-election for 31 January.[47][48][49][50] Liberal Sam Duluk won the seat despite a five percent two-party swing, turning the historically safe seat of Davenport in to a two-party marginal seat for the first time.[51] ABC psephologist Antony Green described it as "another poor result for the South Australian Liberal Party",[52] following the 2014 Fisher by-election which saw Labor go from minority to majority government.[41]

Upper house casual vacancies

See also: List of South Australian Legislative Council appointments

Following the parliamentary resignation of former Labor Minister Bernard Finnigan on 12 November 2015 following his conviction for accessing child pornography.[53] SDA secretary Peter Malinauskas filled the Legislative Council casual vacancy in a joint sitting of the Parliament of South Australia on 1 December.[54]

Following the parliamentary resignation of Labor MLC Gerry Kandelaars on 17 February 2017, Justin Hanson filled the Legislative Council casual vacancy in a joint sitting of the Parliament of South Australia on 28 February.[55][56]


The key dates for the 2018 election were:[57]

The last state election was held on 15 March 2014 to elect members for the House of Assembly and half of the members in the Legislative Council. In South Australia, section 28 of the Constitution Act 1934, as amended in 2001, directs that parliaments have fixed four-year terms, and elections must be held on the third Saturday in March every four years unless this date falls the day after Good Friday, occurs within the same month as a Commonwealth election, or the conduct of the election could be adversely affected by a state disaster. Section 28 also states that the Governor may also dissolve the Assembly and call an election for an earlier date if the Government has lost the confidence of the Assembly or a bill of special importance has been rejected by the Legislative Council. Section 41 states that both the Council and the Assembly may also be dissolved simultaneously if a deadlock occurs between them.[58][59]

The Electoral (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2013 introduced set dates for writs for general elections in South Australia. The writ sets the dates for the close of the electoral roll and the close of nominations for an election. The Electoral Act 1985 requires that, for a general election, the writ be issued 28 days before the date fixed for polling (S47(2a)) and the electoral roll be closed at 12 noon, six days after the issue of the writ (S48(3(a)(i)). The close of nominations will be at 12 noon three days after the close of rolls (Electoral Act 1985 S48(4)(a) and S4(1)).

Redistributions and the two-party vote

To produce "fair" electoral boundaries, the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) has been required following the 1989 election to redraw boundaries after each election through a "fairness clause" in the state constitution, with the objective that the party which receives over 50 percent of the statewide two-party vote at the forthcoming election should win the two-party vote in a majority of seats in terms of the two-party-preferred vote calculated in all seats regardless of any differing two-candidate-preferred vote.[60]

The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission released a new draft redistribution in August 2016, as calculated from the 24 Liberal−23 Labor seat count by two-party vote as recorded in all 47 seats at the 2014 state election (subsequent by-election results including the significant 2014 Fisher by-election are not counted). The net change proposed would have seen a 27 Liberal−20 Labor notional seat count.[61]

The proposed changes in the draft redistribution contained significant boundary redrawing. Seven seats would be renamed − Ashford would become Badcoe, Mitchell would become Black, Bright would become Gibson, Fisher would become Hurtle Vale, Napier would become King, Goyder would become Narungga, while Little Para would once again become Elizabeth. In two-party terms since the previous election, the seats of Mawson and Elder would become notionally Liberal seats, while Hurtle Vale would become a notionally Labor seat. Mawson in the outer southern suburbs would geographically change the most, stretching along the coast right through to as far as and including Kangaroo Island. Hurtle Vale's margin change of 9 percent would be the largest in the state, with Mawson to change 8.3 percent and King to change 8 percent.[61][62][63][64]

Upon the release of the draft redistribution, Liberal MP Rachel Sanderson organised the mass distribution of a pro forma document in the two inner metropolitan suburbs of Walkerville and Gilberton, which aimed for residents to use the pro forma document to submit their objection to the commission in support of Sanderson's campaign to keep the two suburbs in her seat of Adelaide, which in the draft would have been transferred to neighbouring Torrens. Sanderson's position however was at odds with her own party's submission which in fact agreed with the commission that Walkerville should be transferred to Torrens. Under the commission's draft proposal, the Liberal margin in Adelaide would have been reduced from 2.4 percent to 0.6 percent, but would have also resulted in the Labor margin in Torrens reduced from 3.5 percent to 1.1 percent. Of a record 130 total submissions received in response to the draft redistribution, about 100 (over three quarters of all submissions) were from Walkerville and Gilberton.[65][66][67][68][69][70] As a result, the commission reversed the draft decision in the final publication.[71]

Along with other various alterations in the final publication released in December 2016, in addition to Hurtle Vale becoming a notionally Labor seat and Mawson and Elder becoming notionally Liberal seats in the draft redistribution, the final redistribution additionally turned Newland and the bellwether of Colton in to notionally Liberal seats. These further changes provide a 27 Liberal−20 Labor notional seat count in two-party terms, a net change of three seats from Labor to Liberal since the previous election.[71][72][73][74]

Labor objected to the commission's interpretation of the fairness requirements and appealed against it to the Supreme Court of South Australia in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution Act 1934 (SA). Labor sought to have the redistribution order quashed and have the Boundaries Commission make a fresh redistribution. The Grounds of Appeal were stated to relate to the Commission's interpretation of section 77 relating to the number of electors in each electoral district,[75][76] with the redistribution reducing the number of voters in rural seats and increasing the number of voters in metropolitan seats, though still within the one vote, one value 10 percent tolerance. The Supreme Court appeal was rejected on 10 March 2017. Labor considered but decided against an appeal to the High Court.[77][78]

Post-redistribution pendulum

Redistributed metropolitan seats
Redistributed inner-rural seats
Redistributed outer-rural seats

Below post-redistribution margins listed were calculated by the South Australian Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission,[71] and differ somewhat from those calculated by the ABC's Antony Green.[79] The EDBC is the only redistribution authority in Australia that is required to examine voting patterns in drawing electoral boundaries, and in doing so, assume that the proportion of each party's vote in the declaration vote (postal, pre-poll and absent votes) is evenly distributed across the whole of each former electorate. Antony Green's margin estimates are more accurately calculated using declaration votes from the redistributed polling booths.[80]

Retiring members are shown in italic text.

Labor seats by notional 2PP (20)
King Jon Gee ALP 1.4%
Hurtle Vale Nat Cook ALP 1.7%
Lee Stephen Mullighan ALP 2.6%
Torrens Dana Wortley ALP 2.6%
Light Tony Piccolo ALP 3.9%
Badcoe Steph Key ALP 4.2%
Wright Jennifer Rankine ALP 4.5%
Giles Eddie Hughes ALP 5.7%
Fairly safe
Enfield John Rau ALP 6.2%
Kaurna Chris Picton ALP 8.4%
Taylor Leesa Vlahos ALP 8.8%
Florey Frances Bedford (IND) ALP 9.2%
Reynell Katrine Hildyard ALP 9.8%
Elizabeth Lee Odenwalder ALP 9.9%
Playford Jack Snelling ALP 11.5%
West Torrens Tom Koutsantonis ALP 12.2%
Port Adelaide Susan Close ALP 12.5%
Cheltenham Jay Weatherill ALP 14.4%
Ramsay Zoe Bettison ALP 17.4%
Croydon Michael Atkinson ALP 19.6%
Liberal seats by notional 2PP (27)
Newland Tom Kenyon (ALP) LIB 0.1%
Adelaide Rachel Sanderson LIB 2.0%
Black David Speirs LIB 2.6%
Mawson Leon Bignell (ALP) LIB 3.2%
Gibson Corey Wingard LIB 3.2%
Hartley Vincent Tarzia LIB 3.3%
Colton Paul Caica (ALP) LIB 3.7%
Dunstan Steven Marshall LIB 3.9%
Elder Annabel Digance (ALP) LIB 4.3%
Fairly safe
Morphett Duncan McFetridge (IND) LIB 7.7%
Davenport Sam Duluk LIB 8.9%
Unley David Pisoni LIB 9.2%
Waite Martin Hamilton-Smith (IND) LIB 10.4%
Frome Geoff Brock (IND) LIB 10.5%
Morialta John Gardner LIB 11.6%
Schubert Stephan Knoll LIB 12.4%
Heysen Isobel Redmond LIB 13.2%
Finniss Michael Pengilly LIB 13.7%
Narungga Steven Griffiths LIB 13.8%
Kavel Mark Goldsworthy LIB 14.1%
Hammond Adrian Pederick LIB 16.3%
Bragg Vickie Chapman LIB 16.6%
Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan LIB 20.1%
Mt Gambier Troy Bell (IND) LIB 21.6%
Chaffey Tim Whetstone LIB 24.4%
MacKillop Mitch Williams LIB 26.7%
Flinders Peter Treloar LIB 28.7%

Retiring MPs





The July to September 2014 Newspoll saw Labor leading the Liberals on the two-party preferred (2PP) vote for the first time since 2009.[90][91] The October to December 2015 Newspoll saw Marshall's leadership approval rating plummet 11 points to 30 percent, the equal lowest Newspoll approval rating in history for a South Australian Opposition Leader since Dale Baker in 1990.[92][93][91]

The first state-level Newspoll to be conducted in two years, in late 2017, did not publish a 2PP figure, claiming that calculating it had become difficult due to the large third-party primary vote of SA Best.[94] Roy Morgan ceased publishing a 2PP figure from January 2018.[95]

Essential polling's 2PP figures were calculated with approximated SA Best preference flows of 60/40 to Liberal/Labor.[23]

House of Assembly (lower house) polling
Date Firm Primary vote 2PP vote
17 Mar 2018 election 32.8% 38.0% 14.1% 6.7% 8.4% 48.1% 51.9%
Trend Poll Bludger[96] 30.6% 32.8% 18.0% 7.6% 11.1%
17 Mar 2018 Galaxy (Exit Poll)[97] 31% 36% 15% 8% 10% 49.5% 50.5%
15 Mar 2018 ReachTEL[98] 31% 34% 16% 8% 11% 52% 48%
13–15 Mar 2018 Newspoll[98] 31% 34% 17% 8% 10%
27 Feb–1 Mar 2018 Newspoll[99] 30% 32% 21% 7% 10%
29 Jan 2018 ReachTEL[100] 26.1% 33.4% 17.6% 5.5% 9.1%
11–12 Jan 2018 Morgan[95] 23.5% 32% 28.5% 9% 7%
Oct–Dec 2017 Essential[23] 34% 31% 22% 8% 6% 51% 49%
Oct–Dec 2017 Newspoll[101] 27% 29% 32% 6% 6%
Jul–Sep 2017 Essential[102] 37% 30% 18% 6% 10% 52% 48%
28–29 Jun 2017 Galaxy[103] 28% 34% 21% 6% 11% 50% 50%
Apr–Jun 2017 Essential[102] 36% 31% 19% 7% 8% 52% 48%
Jan–Mar 2017 Essential[102] 35% 28% 18% 6% 12% 52% 48%
Oct–Dec 2016 Essential[102] 35% 32% 17% 7% 8% 51% 49%
1–2 Oct 2016 Morgan[104] 24.5% 36.5% 19.5% 11% 8.5% 46% 54%
12–14 Sep 2016 Galaxy[103] 27% 35% 22% 7% 9% 50% 50%
Jul–Sep 2016 Essential[105] 38% 30% 16% 7% 9% 54% 46%
Apr–Jun 2016 Essential[105] 34% 30% 20% 7% 9% 51% 49%
Jan–Mar 2016 Essential[105] 37% 29% 15% 9% 10% 54% 46%
3–5 Feb 2016 Galaxy[103] 28% 33% 24% 7% 8% 49% 51%
Oct–Dec 2015 Essential[105] 39% 32% 10% 19% 54% 46%
Oct–Dec 2015 Newspoll[106] 36% 38% 9% 17% 51% 49%
Apr–Jun 2015 Newspoll[106] 36% 33% 10% 21% 54% 46%
Jan–Mar 2015 Newspoll[106] 36% 33% 10% 21% 54% 46%
Oct–Dec 2014 Newspoll[106] 35% 33% 10% 22% 53% 47%
Jul–Sep 2014 Newspoll[106] 34% 36% 9% 21% 51% 49%
15 Mar 2014 election 35.8% 44.8% 8.7% 10.7% 47.0% 53.0%
10–13 Mar 2014 Newspoll[107] 34% 41% 9% 16% 47.7% 52.3%
21–27 Feb 2014 Newspoll[107] 34% 44% 7% 15% 46% 54%
Better Premier and satisfaction polling^
Date Firm Better Premier Weatherill Marshall
Weatherill Marshall Satisfied Dissatisfied Satisfied Dissatisfied
17 Mar 2018 election
13–15 Mar 2018 Newspoll[98] 38% 33% 33% 53% 30% 50%
27 Feb–1 Mar 2018 Newspoll[99] 38% 31% 33% 54% 28% 54%
Oct–Dec 2017 Newspoll[101] 37% 32% 34% 53% 27% 50%
Oct–Dec 2015 Newspoll[106] 42% 27% 37% 46% 30% 44%
Apr–Jun 2015 Newspoll[106] 48% 29% 45% 43% 41% 39%
Jan–Mar 2015 Newspoll[106] 47% 31% 43% 41% 41% 37%
Oct–Dec 2014 Newspoll[106] 47% 29% 46% 42% 35% 42%
Jul–Sep 2014 Newspoll[106] 45% 30% 45% 37% 40% 34%
15 Mar 2014 election
10–13 Mar 2014 Newspoll[107] 43% 37% 42% 42% 42% 35%
21–27 Feb 2014 Newspoll[107] 40% 39% 43% 44% 45% 29%
^ Remainder were "uncommitted" to either leader.

See also


  1. ^ Compared to 2014 election result for the Nick Xenophon Team, which became SA-Best.
  2. ^ The seat won by the Nick Xenophon Team in the 2014 election suffered a defection to Advance SA prior to the 2018 election.
  3. ^ Compared to 2014 election result for Family First, which merged into the Conservatives.
  4. ^ Based on 2014 election figure for independent groups not included under swing total of any party contesting the 2018 election.
  5. ^ Advance SA's one seat not up at the 2018 election was the seat won by the Nick Xenophon Team at the 2014 election, following defection by John Darley.


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