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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 26 March 2011

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
New South Wales
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
26 March 2011

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
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
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
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 18 years (from 1973); single member districts; preferential voting (AV); optional preferences; compulsory voting

New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 26 March 2011
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 %
Liberal Party  1,602,457  38.58  +11.65  51  54.84 
Australian Labor Party  1,061,352  25.55  -13.43  20  21.51 
National Party  521,864  12.56  +2.51  18  19.35 
Greens  427,144  10.28  +1.33  1.08 
Independents  369,497  8.90  -0.29  3.23 
Christian Democratic Party  129,431  3.12  +0.64     
Family First  18,576  0.45     
Fishing Party  5,335  0.13  -0.04     
Outdoor Recreation Party  4,759  0.11  +0.07     
Socialist Alliance  3,180  0.08  +0.04     
Shooters and Fishers Party  2,346  0.06     
Save Our State  2,129  0.05     
Socialist Equality Party  2,056  0.05     
Democratic Labor Party  1,855  0.04     
Australian Democrats  617  0.01  -0.52     
Australia First  585  0.01     
Communist League  152  0.00     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 4,153,335  100.00    93  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.


Premier in office at election: There had been two changes of Premier since the previous Legislative Assembly election in 2007. The unpopularity of the government and severe factional tensions within the Australian Labor Party organization and the parliamentary caucus led to the forced resignation of Premier Iemma in September 2008. Caucus then selected Rees as Leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party and Premier (for details, see Lloyd Cox, 'New South Wales State Politics', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, July to December 2008, 55(2) June 2008: 269-274), and Rodney Cavalier, Power Crisis: The Self-Destruction of a State Labor Party, ch. 6 (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780521138321) .

Dissatisfaction within the Labor Party over the leadership of Premier Rees grew during 2009 as the government suffered a series of embarrassments and declining support in the opinion polls. In early December 2009, the Labor caucus chose Keneally to replace Rees, and she was commissioned as Premier on 4 December 2009 (for details, see Lloyd Cox, 'New South Wales State Politics', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, July to December 2009, 56(2) June 2010: 283-288), and generally, Clune and Smith in 'References', below.

Australian Labor Party and Country Labor: Australian Labor Party candidates in 5 electoral districts outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong used the campaign label 'Country Labor', but Country Labor had no separate organization. Successful Country Labor candidates sat as members of the Australian Labor Party in the Legislative Assembly and votes for 'Country Labor' are included with those of the Labor party in the table above (at this election 63,405 votes; see Green in 'Sources' below.

Independents: At this election, the vote shown for Independents includes the votes for 3 candidates who were 'unaffiliated' (see, Green, p.5 in 'Sources', below). Ninety-three candidates registered as Independents, three being reelected: Clover Moore (electoral district of Sydney); Greg Piper (electoral district of Lake Macquarie; and Richard Torbay (electoral district of Northern Tablelands).

Minor and unregistered parties: The table above shows the votes of 10 parties that gained less than 0.4 percent of the first preference vote at this Assembly election (2011). Six of these were registered parties: Fishing Party (3 candidates), Outdoor Recreation Party (3 candidates), Socialist Alliance (5 candidates), Shooters and Fishers (1 candidate), Save Our State (2 candidates), and Australian Democrats (1 candidate).

Four were unregistered parties, identified as such by Antony Green. 'These parties were Australia First [1 candidate], the Communist League [1 candidate], Democratic Labor Party [3 candidates] and the Socialist Equality Party [4 candidates]. All appeared on the ballot paper as either Independents or with no party affiliation.' Green, p.2 (see, 'Sources', below). For background on these parties, see Rodney Smith, 'Non-rural Independents and the Minor Parties', in Clune and Smith, pp. 39-52 in 'References', below.

References: For a detailed study of this election and its context, see David Clune and Rodney Smith (editors), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in Office in NSW 1995-2011, (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2012, ISBN 9781742376639), and note Shaun Wilson and Ben Spies-Butcher, 'From Defeat to Landslide Loss: A Seat-level Model of the 2011 NSW Election', Australian Journal of Political Science, 47 (2) June 2012: 285-293. Historical background for many of the smaller parties and Independents can be found in Rodney Smith, Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 9781862876231).

A comprehensive study of the Legislative Assembly's history and operation can be found in David Clune and Gareth Griffith, Decision and Deliberation: The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-2003, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287591X), and see also, Anne Twomey, The Constitution of New South Wales, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2004, ISBN 1862875162).


Antony Green, 2011 New South Wales Election: Analysis of Results,(Sydney: New South Wales Parliamentary Library Research Service, Background Paper No. 3/2011, ISSN 1325-4456, ISBN 9780731318827), available online here [accessed 3 August 2015].