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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Western 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 Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
1,088,487
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
1,040,668
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.61%
Total valid votes
1,004,299
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.49%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Western 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 Western 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  456,379  45.44  -2.94  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  341,580  34.01  -4.24  33.33  33.33  33.33 
Australian Democrats  93,938  9.35  +5.27  16.67  16.67  8.33 
Greens WA  57,006  5.68  +0.17        8.33 
National Party  20,877  2.08  +0.33           
Votes for other than listed parties 34,519 3.44 +1.42             
Totals 1,004,299  100.00    100.00  100.00  12  100.00 


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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, 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).