ID 0840

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Australian Capital Territory

(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 Australian Capital Territory

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
162,717
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
153,746
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.49%
Total valid votes
150,138
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.35%

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

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
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; above the line (group ticket) voting permitted; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in Australian Capital Territory

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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  74,876  49.87  +5.48  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Liberal Party  51,090  34.03  +2.10  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Democrats  15,353  10.23  +1.04           
Nuclear Disarmament Party  7,719  5.14  -5.11           
Votes for other than listed parties 1,100 0.73 +0.73             
Totals 150,138  100.00    100.00  100.00  100.00 


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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

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).