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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) 10 March 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) Donald Allan Dunstan
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
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)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 696,290 
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 696,290 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 655,937 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 94.20% 
Total valid votes 629,143 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 4.08%
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 10 March 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 324,135  51.52  -0.12     26  55.32 
Liberal & Country League 250,312  39.79  -3.97     20  42.55 
Independents 27,178  4.32  +2.86        
Country Party 24,810  3.94  +2.05     2.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 2,708  0.43  -0.81          
Totals 629,143  100.00    47  100.00 


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Sources

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



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