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Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly Queensland 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 12 November 1977

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) Johannes Bjelke-Peterson
Premier's party affiliation National Party 
Assembly support for government at election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Liberal Party  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Johannes Bjelke-Peterson
Premier's party affiliation National Party
Assembly support for government after election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Liberal Party  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 1,209,494 
Number of Assembly seats 82 
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 1,209,494 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,104,898 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 91.35% 
Total valid votes 1,088,011 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 1.53%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Single member districts, preferential voting (AV) 

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Queensland, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 12 November 1977
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 466,021  42.83  +6.80     23  28.05 
National Party 295,355  27.15  -0.73     35  42.68 
Liberal Party 274,398  25.22  -5.87     24  29.27 
Independents 18,339  1.69  -1.22        
Australian Democrats 17,571  1.61  *        
Votes for other than listed parties 16,327  1.50  +1.32          
Totals 1,088,011  100.00    82  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.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 0 08 033038 X).

There are small discrepancies in calculating the total valid vote given by Hughes (1986), and differences between these figures and those given by Jaensch (1986).



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