ID 0411

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) 11 October 1997

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 Wayne Olsen
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 Wayne Olsen
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party
Assembly support for government after election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 1,010,753 
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 1,010,753 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 927,344 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 91.75% 
Total valid votes 889,914 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 4.04%
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 11 October 1997
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 %
Liberal Party 359,509  40.40  -12.41     23  48.94 
Australian Labor Party 312,929  35.16  +4.79     21  44.68 
Australian Democrats 146,347  16.45  +7.35        
Independents 27,870  3.13  +0.01     2.13 
National Party 15,488  1.74  *     2.13 
Independent Liberal 6,970  0.78  *     2.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 20,801  2.34  -0.47          
Totals 889,914  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.


Premier in office at election: Olsen replaced Brown as premier on 28 November 1996


South Australia State Electoral Office, Statistical Returns General Elections 11 October 1997, Adelaide: 1998; Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344).