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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) 17 November 1973

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 2,788,733 
Number of Assembly seats 99 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 20,857 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,767,876 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 2,560,653 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 92.51% 
Total valid votes 2,491,428 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.7%
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 


New South Wales, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 17 November 1973
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 1,069,614  42.93  -2.09     44  44.44 
Liberal Party 843,325  33.85  -1.89     34  34.34 
Country Party 261,094  10.48  +1.83     18  18.18 
Democratic Labor Party 148,378  5.96  +2.78     1.01 
Australia Party 104,821  4.21  +3.15        
Independents 63,358  2.54  -3.24     2.02 
Votes for other than listed parties 838  0.03  -0.45          
Totals 2,491,428  100.00    99  100.00 

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Australian Labor Party: The Australian Labor Party in New South Wales was in the process of a major reconstruction; see Clune and Turner, pp. 71-77 (see 'Reference', below).

Seat won by Democratic Labor Party: This election was the only occasion that a Democratic Labor Party candidate won a seat at a lower house general election in Australia. The result (in the electoral district of Gordon) was the consequence of an omission by the sitting Liberal Party MLA and Health Minister A H (Harry) Jago who neglected to submit his nomination papers for the election by the due date (see NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, 23 September 1997, article 23, p. 326). The Liberal Party gave its support to the Democratic Labor Party candidate, K J Harrold, who won the seat in competition with a Labor Party candidate.

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see David Clune and Ken Turner, '1973', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 71-110, (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).