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Parliament of New South Wales, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly New South Wales 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 13 February 1971

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 [also Robin] William Askin
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party 
Assembly support for government at election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Robert [also Robin] William Askin
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party
Assembly support for government after election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 2,496,868 
Number of Assembly seats 96 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 39,847 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,457,021 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 2,291,484 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.26% 
Total valid votes 2,237,856 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.34%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting 


New South Wales, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 13 February 1971
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 %
Australian Labor Party 1,007,538  45.02  +1.93     45  46.88 
Liberal Party 799,801  35.74  -2.73     32  33.33 
Country Party 193,509  8.65  -1.98     17  17.71 
Independents 129,321  5.78  +0.53     2.08 
Democratic Labor Party 71,050  3.17  +0.89        
Australia Party 23,689  1.06  *        
Communist Party 2,098  0.09  -0.18        
Votes for other than listed parties 10,850  0.48  +0.48          
Totals 2,237,856  100.00    96  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.


Redistribution: The was a major change to the method of redrawing of electoral district boundaries before this election, see Harwin, pp. 46-48 (see 'Reference', below).

Party Organization: Both the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party were undergoing significant changes to their organization and leadership; see Harwin, pp. 37-42 (see 'Reference', below).

Australia Party: This party was '... a small 'l' Liberal splinter group which attracted significant support on the North Shore', Harwin, p. 50 (see 'Reference', below). For a brief survey of the history and organization of the Australia Party, see Keith Richmond, 'Minor Parties in Australia', pp. 335-375 at pp. 344-351, in Graeme Starr, Keith Richmond and Graham Maddox, Political Parties in Australia, (Richmond, Vic.: Heinemann Educational Australia, 1978, ISBN 0858591782).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Don Harwin, '1971', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 37-69, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).


Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, pp. 105-108, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1977, ISBN 0708113400); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).