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Parliament of Victoria, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 30 November 2002


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Victoria
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
30 November 2002

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
3,228,466
Number of Assembly seats
88
Number of uncontested seats
0
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
3,228,466
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
3,007,602
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.16%
Total valid votes
2,904,551
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.43%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 18 years, single member districts, preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences, compulsory voting


Victoria, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 30 November 2002
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 n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party  1,392,704  47.95  +2.38  62  70.45 
Liberal Party  985,529  33.93  -8.29  17  19.32 
Australian Greens  282,585  9.73  +8.58     
National Party  125,003  4.30  -0.50  7.95 
Independents  98,182  3.38  -1.34  2.27 
Citizens Electoral Council  9,654  0.33     
Australian Democrats  3,948  0.14  -0.15     
Socialist Alliance  3,274  0.11     
Christian Democratic Party  1,723  0.06  +0.04     
Democratic Labor Party  1,035  0.04  -0.18     
Hope Party  914  0.03  -0.35     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 2,904,551  100.00    88  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

Electoral redistribution: A redistribution of Assembly seats, which was required after the previous Assembly election in 1999, made substantial changes to the boundaries of Assembly seats, especially in the metropolitan areas; for details, see Green, pp 3-5, (in 'Sources', below), and Costar & Campbell, p.314 (in 'References', below) for commentary.

Government in office after election: This Assembly election had been called a year before the expiry of the Assembly's maximum four year term. The Constitution (Duration of Parliament) Act 1984 had provided a limited fixed term for the Assembly, with a dissolution of the Assembly permitted in a government's first three years only under limited circumstances or a government's loss of confidence. As a minority government, the Brack's government was likely to take the opportunity for an early election; the circumstances leading up to this decision are summarised in Costar and Campbell p.315 (in 'References', below).

The Bracks government entered this election in 2002 as a minority government but was returned with an additional 23 seats giving it the largest majority of any Victorian Labor government and a seat share of 70.5 percent (for a list of the 23 additional seats won by the Australian Labor Party, see Carr, in 'Sources', below).

Australian Greens: The Australian Greens increased the number of candidates fielded at this Assembly election in 2002 to 84 (only 6 Australian Greens candidates and been endorsed for the 1999 Assembly election) and gained eight times more votes than in 1999. With the increasing salience of environmental issues, the Australian Greens became the party with the third largest share of first preference votes at Victorian Assembly elections. For details of the role of the Australian Greens at this election in 2002, see Costar and Campbell, p.315, and Economou, pp 263, 265-266 (both articles in 'References', below).

Independents The votes assigned to Independents in the table above includes the votes for all those candidates who registered as Independents or left their party affiliation blank. Sixty-one Independent candidates contested this Assembly election in 2002, with two winning seats: Craig Ingram was returned to the seat of Gippsland East, and Russell Savage was returned in Mildura. For the role of Independents at this election in 2002, see Costar and Campbell, pp 319-320, and Economou, p.365 (both articles in 'References', below).

Citizens Electoral Council: A right leaning party with alleged anti-Semitic views; for information, see Dean Jaensch and David Mathieson, A Plague on Both Your Houses: Minor Parties in Australia, p.34 (St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1998, ISBN 1864484217). The party contested seats at several state and federal elections and fielded 18 candidates at this Victorian Assembly election in 2002.

Socialist Alliance: The Socialist Alliance fielded 5 candidates at this election in 2002. The party was the fusion of several small socialist parties and contested elections in several states; see, Rodney Smith, Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006, p.95, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 9781862876231).

Christian Democratic Party: This party was a successor to the Call to Australia party which was associated with the New South Wales based Reverend Fred Nile, and was formed in 1980 (for more information, see the notes to the 1988 Assembly election). The party fielded only 3 candidates at this Assembly election in 2002.

Democratic Labor Party: The Democratic Labor Party endorsed only one candidate at this election in 2002.

Hope Party: The Hope Party was formed in 1997 by Tim Petheridge and registered in Victoria in 1999. It advocated a commitment to 'Individual ethics, social equality and global ecology'. (information retrieved from Pandora: Australia's Web Archive here, accessed 26 April 2018). The Party endorsed only one candidate at this election in 2002.

References: Background and analysis of this election can be found in Brian Costar & James Campbell, 'Realigning Victoria: The State Election of 30 November 2002', Australian Journal of Political Science, 38 (2) July 2003: 125-133, and Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Political Chronicle, June to December 2002, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 49 (2) June 2003: 259-267.

Sources

Antony Green, 2002 Victorian State Election 30 November 2002: Summary of Results, Sydney, ABC Election Unit, July 2003, online here [accessed 29 April 2018]. Green p.2 notes that a correction of official results was required.

Victorian Election Commission, Report to Parliament on the Administration of the 2002 Victorian State Election, (Melbourne: 2003), online here, and 'State Election 2002 Results', online here [accessed 29 April 2018]

Adam Carr, 'Fifty-fifth Parliament Elected 30 November 2002', in 'Legislative Assembly Elections', Victorian Elections Since 1843, Psephos: Adam Carr's Election Archive, online here [accessed 29 April 2018].



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