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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) 7 December 1985

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) John Charles Bannon
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. John Charles Bannon
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 905,507 
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 905,507 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 846,289 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.46% 
Total valid votes 816,888 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.47%
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 7 December 1985
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 393,652  48.19  +1.91     27  57.45 
Liberal Party 344,337  42.15  -0.52     16  34.04 
Australian Democrats 34,732  4.25  -2.87        
Independent Labor 18,641  2.28  *     4.26 
National Country Party 14,056  1.72  -0.60     2.13 
Independents 5,368  0.66  -0.94        
Independent Liberal 5,224  0.64  *     2.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 878  0.11  +0.11          
Totals 816,888  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.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344).



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