ID 0827

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Northern Territory

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

Election of 5 March 1983


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Senate enrolment and voting in Northern Territory

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
57,320
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
46,663
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
81.41%
Total valid votes
44,477
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
4.68%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Northern 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 Northern Territory

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Election held on 5 March 1983
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 %
Country Liberal Party  21,406  48.13  +2.67  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  20,467  46.02  +7.08  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Democrats  2,359  5.30  -4.47           
Votes for other than listed parties 245 0.55 -1.36             
Totals 44,477  100.00    100.00  100.00  100.00 


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Notes

See the Glossary of this website for information on Senate elections and details of the distinction between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won and Seats held.

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.

In the national summary for the Senate for this election, the seats held by the Liberal Party include the seat won by the Country Liberal Party in the Northern Territory.

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).