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Rishworth swing tops the nation

Amanda Rishworth ... bucked the national trend by attracting a huge swing to Labor.

Amanda Rishworth ... bucked the national trend by attracting a huge swing to Labor.

KINGSTON has recorded the largest swing toward the Labor Party of any seat in Australia, installing Amanda Rishworth for her second term as sitting member.

With almost 80 per cent of the vote counted at presstime, the Hallett Cove resident had secured 64.4 per cent of the vote after preferences, following a 10 per cent swing to her at Saturday’s federal election.

Ms Rishworth said improving mental heath services and rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN) to Seaford and McLaren Vale were among her top priorities for the southern part of Kingston.

She said although she was elated with her victory, she was nervous about the national result.

“I think it will take a while to work out who has won government,” Ms Rishworth said.

“(But) I think the result in Kingston shows people are pleased about what a Federal Labor Government has been delivering to the local area.” Ms Rishworth, who has held the seat since 2007, attributed the strong swing in the electorate to recognition of the ways Labor was helping the south, such as the roll-out of the NBN to Willunga.

In the lead up to the election, Labor pledged to build a “headspace” centre in Noarlunga, which which would provide a range of mental health care services to youths aged between 12 and 25.

The location for the centre has not been announced but the cost is likely to be $2.5 million over four years.

“It combines mental health programs with physical heath and social wellbeing programs to help prevent mental health from becoming a problem in that age group,” Ms Rishworth said.

The promise was not matched by the Liberals during the election campaign but Ms Rishworth said she would lobby for better mental health services in the south if she was in opposition.

Out of SA’s 11 electorates, six had a swing to the ALP, ranging from 0.7 per cent in Port Adelaide to 10 per cent in Kingston.

Swings to the Liberal Party ranged from 0.4 per cent in Adelaide to 6.1 per cent in Grey.

The breakdown

Two-party preferred
Amanda Rishworth (Labor)  64.4pc
Chris Zanker (Liberal)  35.6pc
Swing 10pc to Labor

Best booth
Labor:  Lonsdale Heights Primary School 77pc
Liberal: McLaren Vale Primary School 58pc

Biggest swing
To Labor: Noarlunga Centre 14pc
To Liberal: Every booth had a swing to Labor

For the latest results, visit AdelaideNow’s election supersite


Displaying (1) Comments

Clem writes:
Posted on 24 Aug 10 at 11:42am

Amazing result for Ms Rishworth - winning booths like McLaren Flat shows that her hard work for residents in the south has paid off.

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