ID 0832

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 5 March 1983

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General election for the Senate
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
5 March 1983
Type of Senate election
Double Dissolution of Senate and House of Representatives

Government in office at Senate election

Prime Minister in office at date of Senate election. (check notes to Senate national summary table to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election)
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Government majority in Senate at date of election
Change of government
Government majority in new Senate
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Senate enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election

Total number of seats in the Senate
Total number of seats for each state
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
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, national summary

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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 %
Australian Labor Party   3,637,316  45.49  +3.24  30  46.88  30  46.88  30  46.88 
Liberal Party - National Party (joint ticket)  1,861,618  23.28  12.50         
Liberal Party  923,571  11.55  -1.59  16  25.00  23  35.94  24  37.50 
Australian Democrats  764,911  9.57  +0.31  7.81  7.81  7.81 
National Party  388,802  4.86  4.69  6.25  6.25 
Independents  193,454  2.42  +1.29  1.56  1.56  1.56 
Country Liberal Party (NT)  21,406  0.27  +0.02  1.56  1.56     
Votes for other than listed parties 203,967 2.55 -1.34             
Totals 7,995,045  100.00    64  100.00  64  100.00  64  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.


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.

In the national summary for the Senate for this election, the votes cast for the National Country Party include the votes for the National Party of Western Australia and seats held by the Liberal Party include the seat won by Country Liberal Party in the Northern Territory.


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).