Flinders now the safest seat

DEBRIEF: Successful member for Flinders Peter Treloar with staff Miriam Hyde, Aimee Pedler and Jacqui Merchant debriefed in the office on Monday following Saturday's election.
DEBRIEF: Successful member for Flinders Peter Treloar with staff Miriam Hyde, Aimee Pedler and Jacqui Merchant debriefed in the office on Monday following Saturday's election.

IT was a resounding win for incumbent member for Flinders Peter Treloar on election night with nearly 80 per cent of the electorate's voters voting for him in Saturday's state election.

Based on the votes counted so far, Mr Treloar has achieved a 14 per cent swing in first preference votes and 3 per cent swing on the two-candidate preferred vote.

Adelaide University's head of History and Politics Dr Clem Macintyre said this "thumping victory" was "a rousing vote for confidence" for Mr Treloar, who, in 2012, had considered not re-nominating for the seat.

"The final result, which is a swing to Liberal against the last election, is largely explained by the fact that the Nationals did not stand this time," Dr Macintyre said.

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"(The Nationals) got just under 15 per cent at the 2010 election."

With 72 per cent of the votes cast in Flinders counted, Mr Treloar had yesterday received 72.1 per cent of the first preference vote and 79.2 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote against Labor candidate Mathew Deane.

Mr Deane received 15.3 per cent of the first preference vote, Greens candidate Felicity Wright received 6.2 per cent and Family First candidate Grant Wilson received 6.5 per cent.

The provisional results show a swing to Mr Treloar compared to his performance in his first state election campaign in 2010.

In 2010 Mr Treloar received 58 per cent of the first preference vote and 76.2 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote against Labor candidate Tauto Sansbury.

The result makes Flinders the safest Liberal seat in the state.

"It's really pleasing for a local member to be shown that sort of support," Mr Treloar said.

"People don't just vote for the party, they also vote for the candidate, the individual.

"There's a lot of family, friends, supporters and staff that have helped me out over the last four years to get me to the position to be strongly re-elected."

It could be days before the overall state result is clear, and pundits are predicting a hung parliament is likely, with neither major party winning government in their own right.

"A hung parliament is always a difficult parliament and it tends not to be a very productive parliament but if that's what we get, that's what we get," Mr Treloar said.

If it is a hung parliament, independent members for Frome and Fisher, Geoff Brock and Bob Such will have the power to decide which party takes power.

"I know Geoff Brock and Bob Such both as work colleagues," Mr Treloar said.

"I probably know Geoff a bit better and we've certainly talked about regional issues together."

However with seven seats still undecided yesterday, Mr Treloar said it was too early to rule out either the Liberal Party or the Labor Party forming government in their own right.

"There's still 260,000 votes to be counted so I can't for the life of me imagine that they won't have an impact in at least some of those tight seats.

"The possibility is that either Liberal or Labor could still form government."

With Liberal ahead of Labor in the primary vote and winning more than half of the two-party preferred vote Mr Treloar said it would be a pity if the Liberal Party was unable to form government.

"I've discovered after four years in opposition how frustrating that can be and if the opportunity came I would look forward to being part of a government and all the opportunities that brings in terms of access to ministers and departments."

Whatever the outcome on a state level Mr Treloar his job was to represent the people of Flinders "whether they voted for me or not".

"It's going to be an interesting week and we'll have to see how the week unfolds."

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