Election held on 9 February 2002
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|Party Name||First preference vote n||First preference vote share %||Change from previous election %||Seats won n||Uncontested seats held n||Seat share %|
|Australian Labor Party||344,559||36.34||+1.18||23||0||48.94|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party||22,833||2.41||*||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||29,292||3.09||+0.75|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Government in office after election: After the 2002 general election, the Rann Australian Labor Party minority government was formed with the support of Independent Peter Lewis who became Speaker of the House of Assembly. On 4 December 2002, Independent member Rory McEwen was sworn in as a minister in a Rann Australian Labor Party and Independent coalition government. The willingness of McEwen to become part of the government while remaining an Independent transformed the government from a minority government relying on the casting vote of the Speaker to a coalition government with majority support on the floor of the Assembly (creating a second period in office); see Andrew Parkin, 'South Australia, January to June 2003' Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, 38 (3) December 2003: 597-604, at p. 597. The Rann government's position was further strengthened on 23 July 2004 by the addition of Karlene Maywald, the sole National Party member of the Assembly, to the coalition government;. The conditions under which Maywald joined the ministry while remaining a member of the National Party were set out in a formal agreement which permitted her to vote against the government in the Assembly on some issues.
Independents: Twenty-five candidates ran as Independents (16 of these with some other descriptor in addition to Independent). The votes listed for Independents do not include 4575 votes for an Independent Labor candidate.
South Australia State Electoral Office, 50th State Election: South Australian Elections 9 February 2002, Statistical Returns, Rose Park, SA: 2002 (ISBN 0 9750486 0 0).