ID 0821

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Australian Capital Territory

(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 Australian Capital Territory

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
136,281
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
128,262
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.12%
Total valid votes
124,704
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.77%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Australian Capital Territory

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
2
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 Australian Capital Territory

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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  63,280  50.74  +7.51  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Liberal Party  46,267  37.10  -1.34  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Democrats  10,663  8.55  -4.20           
Jobless Action  4,001  3.21           
Independents  493  0.40  -3.17           
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00             
Totals 124,704  100.00    100.00  100.00  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

Residents of the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have only had representation in the Senate since 1975. Each of these territories has two senators whose term of office is limited to the period between elections for the House of Representatives; Senate elections for territory senators occur at every House of Representatives election. This means there is no difference between Seats won and Seats held for Territory representation in the Senate. See the Glossary of this website for information on the territories, the Senate, and terms used in this table.

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).