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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in South Australia

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

Election of 10 December 1977


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Senate enrolment and voting in South Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
824,205
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
783,669
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.08%
Total valid votes
702,218
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
10.39%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in South Australia

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 South Australia

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Election held on 10 December 1977
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 %
Liberal Party  344,351  49.04  -2.41  60.00  60.00  60.00 
Australian Labor Party  258,643  36.83  -3.79  40.00  40.00  40.00 
Australian Democrats  78,496  11.18           
Votes for other than listed parties 20,728 2.95 +1.48             
Totals 702,218  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), The Australian National Elections of 1977, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1979 (ISBN 0844733571).