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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) 6 November 1982

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) David Oliver Tonkin
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. John Charles Bannon
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 871,235 
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 871,235 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 811,783 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.18% 
Total valid votes 764,862 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 5.78%
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 


South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 6 November 1982
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 353,999  46.28  +5.43     24  51.06 
Liberal Party 326,372  42.67  -5.27     21  44.68 
Australian Democrats 54,457  7.12  -1.18        
National Country Party 17,782  2.32  +0.42     2.13 
Independents 12,252  1.60  +0.60     2.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 764,862  100.00    47  100.00 

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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).