Election held on 20 October 2012
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||85,991||38.88||+1.53||8||0||47.06|
|Australian Motorists Party||9,179||4.15||-0.84||0|
|Bullet Train for Canberra||8,864||4.01||*||0|
|Liberal Democratic Party||2,340||1.06||+0.72||0|
|Marion Le Social Justice Party||940||0.43||*||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||0||0.00||-1.14|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Chief Minister at election:There had been a change of Chief Minister since the previous Legislative Assembly election in 2008. In May 2011 Chief Minister Stanhope resigned from office and supported his deputy, Gallagher, in her contest for the leadership of the parliamentary Labor Party. Gallagher was elected as leader by caucus unopposed and became Chief Minister of an Australian Labor Party minority government supported by a parliamentary agreement with the ACT Greens.
Government in office after election: Before this election, an Australian Labor Party minority government was supported in office by the four members of the ACT Greens, giving the government 11 supporters in the 17 member Assembly. At this election, both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party increased their representation eight members, while the ACT Greens lost three of their four representatives.
After negotiations between the sole ACT Greens member, Shane Rattenbury, and the leaders of the Labor and Liberal parties, Rattenbury agreed to support the Labor Party and become a minister in an Australian Labor Party and ACT Greens coalition government led by Gallagher. An agreement had been reached between the coalition partners on matters of government policy, and Rattenbury had agreed to support the Liberal Party's choice of Speaker in the Assembly.
Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all 11 candidates who ran for office as 'ungrouped' candidates; five of these were listed as Independents, and four were listed without any affiliation. None of these candidates was elected.
References: For a summary of information relating to this Australian Capital Territory Assembly election, see Brenton Holmes, 'ACT Election 2012', Parliamentary Library, Background Note, 10 December 2012, pp. 1-30, online at: here [accessed 2 June 2013]
The ACT Electoral Commission (Elections ACT) website, 'Results by electorate and party; https://bit.ly/2uvucYE [accessed 29 October 2012, 10:00 am]