ID 0791

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in New South Wales

(for more information on this election see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 18 October 1980


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Senate enrolment and voting in New South Wales

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
3,184,997
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
2,999,196
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.17%
Total valid votes
2,717,858
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
9.38%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in New South Wales

Total number of seats in the Senate
64
Total number of seats for each state
10
Number of seats for each territory
2
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
5
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 18 years (from 1974); multimember districts, proportional representation by the single transferable vote method (STV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in New South Wales

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Election held on 18 October 1980
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won by ticket n Seats won by ticket % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Australian Labor Party  1,215,796  44.73  +4.65  60.00  60.00  50.00 
Liberal Party - National Country Party (joint ticket)  1,139,825  41.94  -1.41  40.00         
Australian Democrats  187,507  6.90  -1.43        10.00 
Call to Australia Party  118,535  4.36           
Independents  13,876  0.51  -2.13           
Progress Party  2,260  0.08  -2.38           
Liberal Party            20.00  30.00 
National Country Party            20.00  10.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 40,059 1.47 -1.66             
Totals 2,717,858  100.00    100.00  100.00  10  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.

Notes

In the table above, see the Glossary distinctions between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won by party and Seats held by party.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 008033038X); Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 13287478).

For a general survey of this election, see: Howard R Penniman (editor), Australia at the Polls: The National Elections of 1980 and 1983, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1983 (084473506X).