2022–2026 electoral district map
Features of the district
Stuart is a vast country district extending from the Spencer Gulf as far as the Northern Territory border in the north and the Queensland and New South Wales borders in the east. The district includes pastoral lease and unincorporated Crown Lands, Lake Eyre and part of the Simpson Desert in the far north. Its main population centre since the 2020 boundaries redistribution is the industrial town of Port Pirie.
Approximately 323,130.8 km2
Stuart incorporates the district councils of Mount Remarkable, Orroroo Carrieton and Peterborough, as well as portions of Northern Areas Council, Port Augusta City Council and Port Pirie Regional Council. It also includes vast tracts of Pastoral Unincorporated Area. Localities within the boundaries of Stuart include Booleroo Centre, Carrieton, Leigh Creek, Marree, Orroroo, Peterborough, Port Pirie, and Port Augusta (excluding Port Augusta West).
First named as an electorate in 1936 and effective at the 1938 elections, Stuart ceased to exist in 1993. The name Stuart was revived at the 1994 redistribution of electoral boundaries, and has been contested and represented from 1997.
Origin of the name
The district is named after John McDouall Stuart (1815–1866), an explorer, who between 1860 and 1862 pioneered a route across Australia south to north. This paved the way ten years later for the construction of the overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Port Darwin.
Key boundary changes following the 2020 redistribution
Stuart gains parts of the Northern Areas Council (incorporating the locality of Narridy and the remainder of the localities of Georgetown, Gladstone, Huddleston and West Bundaleer) and a portion of Port Pirie Regional Council (incorporating localities which include of Crystal Brook, Port Pirie and Warnertown).
Stuart loses the Regional Council of Goyder (incorporating localities that include Burra, Eudunda, Yarcowie, and portions of the localities of Bower, Brownlow, Canowie Belt, Dutton, Farrell Flat, Frankton, Hansborough and Steinfeld); a portion of Light Regional Council (incorporating localities which include Bethel, Ebenezer, Hamilton and Kapunda and the remainder of the locality of Hansborough); a portion of Mid Murray Council (incorporating the locality of Dutton East and portions of Dutton and Frankton) and a portion of Northern Areas Council (incorporating localities which include Andrews, Bundaleer North and Washpool), a portion of Port Augusta City Council (incorporating the localities of Blanche Harbor, Commissariat Point and Port Augusta West, and portions of the localities of Carriewerloo, Cultana, Lincoln Gap and Mount Arden).
For full details see the 2020 Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (PDF, 1.6MB)
Representation and results
|Lindsay G. Riches||ALP||1938–1970|
|Gavin F. Kenneally||ALP||1938–1970|
|Colleen F. Hutchison||ALP||1989–1993|
|Graham M. Gunn||LIB||1997–2010|
|Daniel C. van Holst Pellekaan||LIB||2010–2022|
|Geoffrey (Geoff) G. Brock||IND||2022–present|