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Parliament of South Australia, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly South Australia 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 9 February 2002

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election) Robert Gerard Kerin
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party 
Assembly support for government at election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Michael David Rann
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
Assembly support for government after election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 1,045,563 
Number of Assembly seats 47 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats  
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 1,045,563 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 978,569 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.59% 
Total valid votes 948,032 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.12%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Universal franchise (at 18 years from 1973), single member districts, preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences, compulsory voting 

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South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 9 February 2002
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Liberal Party 378,929  39.97  -0.43     20  42.55 
Australian Labor Party 344,559  36.34  +1.18     23  48.94 
Australian Democrats 71,026  7.49  -8.95        
Independents 40,288  4.25  +1.12     6.38 
Family First 25,025  2.64  *        
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party 22,833  2.41  *        
Australian Greens 22,332  2.36  *        
National Party 13,748  1.45  -0.29     2.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 29,292  3.09  +0.75          
Totals 948,032  100.00    47  100.00 


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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.

Notes

Government in office after election: After the 2002 general election, the Rann Australian Labor Party minority government was formed with the support of Independent Peter Lewis who became Speaker of the House of Assembly. On 4 December 2002, Independent member Rory McEwen was sworn in as a minister in a Rann Australian Labor Party and Independent coalition government. The willingness of McEwen to become part of the government while remaining an Independent transformed the government from a minority government relying on the casting vote of the Speaker to a coalition government with majority support on the floor of the Assembly (creating a second period in office); see Andrew Parkin, 'South Australia, January to June 2003' Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, 38 (3) December 2003: 597-604, at p. 597. The Rann government's position was further strengthened on 23 July 2004 by the addition of Karlene Maywald, the sole National Party member of the Assembly, to the coalition government;. The conditions under which Maywald joined the ministry while remaining a member of the National Party were set out in a formal agreement which permitted her to vote against the government in the Assembly on some issues.

Independents: Twenty-five candidates ran as Independents (16 of these with some other descriptor in addition to Independent). The votes listed for Independents do not include 4575 votes for an Independent Labor candidate.

Sources

South Australia State Electoral Office, 50th State Election: South Australian Elections 9 February 2002, Statistical Returns, Rose Park, SA: 2002 (ISBN 0 9750486 0 0).



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