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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) 30 May 1970

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) Raymond Steele Hall
Premier's party affiliation Liberal and Country League 
Assembly support for government at election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Donald Allan Dunstan
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
Assembly support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 635,533 
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 635,533 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 603,952 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 95.03% 
Total valid votes 591,531 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.06%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years, single member districts, preferential voting (AV) 


South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 30 May 1970
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 305,478  51.64  -0.33     27  57.45 
Liberal & Country League 258,856  43.76  -0.06     20  42.55 
Country Party 11,227  1.90  *        
Independents 8,615  1.46  +0.43        
Votes for other than listed parties 7,355  1.24  -0.29          
Totals 591,531  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.


Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977 (ISBN 0708113400).