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Parliament of Tasmania, House of Assembly election

Election of 18 March 2006

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Tasmania, House of Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 18 March 2006
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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  152,544  49.27  -2.61  14  56.00 
Liberal Party  98,511  31.82  +4.43  28.00 
Tasmanian Greens  51,501  16.63  -1.50  16.00 
Independents  4,970  1.61  +0.10     
Tasmania First Party  1,602  0.52  +0.34     
Socialist Alliance  494  0.16  -0.08     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 309,622  100.00    25  100.00 

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Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous general election for the House of Assembly on 22 July 2002 at which the Australian Labor Party had won 14 of the 25 Assembly seats; Bacon resigned as Premier on medical grounds and Lennon was chosen by the Labor caucus to replace him from 21 March 2004 as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Government in office after election: At the general election for the House of Assembly on 16 March 2006 (this election), the Australian Labor Party won of 14 of the 25 Assembly seats, and Lennon was recommissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Electoral system and voting: The Constitution Amendment Act 1906 '... reduced the number of Assembly districts to five, the boundaries of which were to be identical with the five Commonwealth electoral districts', Bennett and Bennett, p.12, (see 'Sources', below). The 1906 Act specified six members in each electoral district, but this was increased to seven from 1959, and then reduced to five from 1998 creating a House of Assembly of 25 (see the notes to the 1998 House of Assembly elections).

The Electoral Act 1907 introduced proportional representation by the single transferable vote (STV) method to elect all members of the Assembly, a method which became known as the Hare-Clark system. For details of the adoption of STV and references on the operation of the electoral system, see the notes to the 1909 House of Assembly elections.

From 1980, candidates' names were rotated within party lists on the ballots under a system of Robson rotation; for details, see the note to the 1979 House of Assembly election.

The Electoral Amendment Act of 1917 provided that '... casual vacancies be filled, not by a fresh poll of the electorate [by-election] but by a re-count [countback] of the ballot papers which elected the vacating member. Candidates at the preceding general election were required to apply to be considered candidates....', Hughes and Graham, 1890-1964, p. 590 (see 'Sources', below). For a brief summary of changes to the electoral system from 1909 to 1994, see Terry Newman, Representation of the Tasmanian People, Expanded edition 1803-1994, Appendix 2 (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, 1994, ISBN 0724642475).

Independents: Changes to the Electoral Act in 1941 meant that candidates who ran for election without any stated party affiliation (Independents) could run with one or more other like-minded Independents as a 'group' on the ballot paper, or be listed with all other Independent candidates in that electoral district in an 'ungrouped' list; for details, see the note to the 1941 House of Assembly elections.

The vote shown for Independents in the table above is the vote gained by the combination of both sets of Independent candidates. Eight candidates ran as members of four groups of Independents and gained 3,027 first preference votes, with no candidate being elected (two of these groups called the group 'Independents'). In addition, three 'ungrouped' Independent candidates gained 1,943 first preference votes; none of these candidates was elected.

References: For a survey of this election, see Richard Herr, 'Tasmania', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, January to June 2006, 52 (4) December 2006: 673-679, and note Kate Crowley, 'So Close and Yet So Far? The Tasmanian Greens and the 2006 State State Election', Environmental Politics, 17 (3) June 2008: 481-484.


Information for this election was taken from 'House of Assembly Election Results, 1909-2006', Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, Tasmanian Parliament website: ; Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett, Tasmanian Electoral Handbook, 1851-1982, (Kensington, NSW: Reference Section of History Project Incorporated, University of New South Wales, 1983); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); and Report on Parliamentary Elections 2003 to 2006, (Hobart: Tasmanian Electoral Commission, 2006), online at: [accessed 28 September 2009].