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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in South Australia

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

Election of 2 March 1996


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Senate enrolment and voting in South Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
1,001,006
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
965,328
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
96.44%
Total valid votes
933,776
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.27%

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
6
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 2 March 1996
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 %
Liberal Party  428,053  45.84  +0.21  50.00      50.00 
Australian Labor Party  301,094  32.24  -5.76  33.33      33.33 
Australian Democrats  135,730  14.54  +4.67  16.67      16.67 
Australian Greens  19,441  2.08         
Votes for other than listed parties 49,458 5.30 +1.57             
Totals 933,776  100.00    100.00    0.00  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

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.

At this Senate election in South Australia, the party grouping which had supported the Green Party of South Australia ticket at the previous Senate election, endorsed candidates under the name of the Australian Greens.

Sources

Australian Electoral Commission, Electoral Statistics 1993, 1996, 1998, CD-ROM, Canberra,1999; 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: Clive Bean, Marian Simms, Scott Bennett and John Warhurst (editors), The Politics of Retribution: The 1996 Federal Election, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1997 (ISBN 1 86448 386 5).