ID 0836

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in South Australia

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

Election of 11 July 1987


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Senate enrolment and voting in South Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
942,880
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
890,556
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.45%
Total valid votes
857,042
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.76%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in South Australia

Total number of seats in the Senate
76
Total number of seats for each state
12
Number of seats for each territory
2
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
12
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; above the line (group ticket) voting permitted; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in South Australia

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Election held on 11 July 1987
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  354,747  41.39  -0.29  41.67  41.67  41.67 
Liberal Party  328,039  38.28  +0.77  41.67  41.67  41.67 
Australian Democrats  95,831  11.18  -0.01  16.67  16.67  16.67 
Independents  33,137  3.87  +3.54           
National Party  29,954  3.50           
Votes for other than listed parties 15,334 1.79 -0.12             
Totals 857,042  100.00    12  100.00  12  100.00  12  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

Australian Electoral Commission, Election Statistics, Result of Count, Senate, House of Representatives, Election 1987, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1987 (ISBN 0644072267); Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344); 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 review of this election, see Ian McAllister and John Warhurst (editors), Australia Votes: The 1987 Federal Election, Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1988 (ISBN 058271224 6).