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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Victoria

(for more information on this election see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 21 August 2010

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Senate enrolment and voting in Victoria

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Victoria

Total number of seats in the Senate
Total number of seats for each state
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
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 Victoria

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Election held on 21 August 2010
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 %
Australian Labor Party  1,215,213  37.75  -3.95  33.33  33.33  83.33 
Liberal Party - National Party (joint ticket)  1,107,522  34.41  -5.10  33.33         
Australian Greens  471,317  14.64  +4.56  16.67  16.67  16.67 
Family First  85,058  2.64  +0.13           
Democratic Labor Party  75,145  2.33  +1.30  16.67  16.67  16.67 
Australian Sex Party  72,899  2.26           
Liberal Democratic Party  59,116  1.84           
Shooters Party  44,639  1.39           
Liberal Party            16.67  66.67 
National Party            16.67  16.67 
Votes for other than listed parties 87,842 2.73 -0.78             
Totals 3,218,751  100.00    100.00  100.00  12  200.00 

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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.


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.

Democratic Labor Party: The Democratic Labor Party won seat in the Senate from Victoria at this election (2010), the fist time a party with this name had won a seat in the Senate since 1970 (also from Victoria). Its 2010 platform stressed family values, democratic rights and some increase in government regulation of the economy, policies which were consistent with its earlier history. The party had originally emerged as a consequence of major internal divisions within the Australian Labor Party and the trade union movement in the 1950s over a range of issues including the role of Communist party members in the Labor movement. These divisions came to a head in 1955 with a split in some state branches of the Labor Party and the creation of what was to become the Democratic Labor Party; for an extensive study of this period, see Robert Murray, The Split: Australian Labor in the Fifties, (Melbourne: Cheshire, 1972, ISBN 0701516755).

Shooters Party: This party was registered for this election as the Shooters and Fishers Party; the original name -- Shooters Party -- has been retained for this database to permit comparison of the party's vote share between states and over time.


Voting figures were taken from the Australian Electoral Commission 'Virtual Tally Room' web page 'First Preferences by Group', on line at: [accessed 7 October 2010]