Parliament of Victoria, Assembly electionShow only vote and seat summary details
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General election for the Assembly Victoria Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 2 March 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 Cain [jnr] Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party Assembly support for government at election Majority If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Government in office after electionTop
Premier in office after election. John Cain [jnr] 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 2,641,477 Number of Assembly seats 88 Number of uncontested seats 0 If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,641,477 Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 2,462,226 Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.21% Total valid votes 2,396,119 Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.68% Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable Electoral system Single member districts, preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences
Victoria, Assembly votes and seats won
Election held on 2 March 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 1,198,262 50.01 0.00 47 0 53.41 Liberal Party 1,003,003 41.86 +3.53 31 0 35.23 National Party 174,727 7.29 +2.32 10 0 11.36 Independents 12,828 0.54 * 0 Votes for other than listed parties 7,299 0.30 -1.09 Totals 2,396,119 100.00 88 0 100.00
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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 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344).