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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 3 October 1998


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Senate enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
1,149,619
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
1,093,432
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.11%
Total valid votes
1,064,078
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.68%

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 3 October 1998
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  408,748  38.41  -7.03  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  368,878  34.67  +0.65  33.33  33.33  33.33 
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party  110,294  10.37           
Australian Democrats  68,095  6.40  -2.95  16.67  16.67  16.67 
Greens WA  61,063  5.74  +0.06           
National Party  13,429  1.26  -0.82           
Votes for other than listed parties 33,571 3.15 -0.28             
Totals 1,064,078  100.00    100.00  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

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.

The votes won by the Greens WA in Western Australia at this election are included with the votes for the Australian Greens in the national summary for the Senate.

Sources

Australian Electoral Commission, Election 98, Volume 1, National Results, Canberra 1998; 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: Marian Simms and John Warhurst (editors), Howard's Agenda: The 1998 Australian Election, St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2000 (ISBN 0 7022 3163 0).