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Parliament of Western Australia, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 9 March 2013

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Western Australia
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
9 March 2013

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
Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Coalition Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Government in office after election

Premier 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
Adult franchise at 18 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

Western Australia, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 9 March 2013
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  557,917  47.10  +8.71  31  52.54 
Australian Labor Party  392,470  33.13  -2.70  21  35.59 
Greens WA  99,437  8.40  -3.52     
National Party  71,694  6.05  +1.18  11.86 
Independents  34,467  2.91  -1.44     
Australian Christians  21,451  1.81     
Family First  7,039  0.59  -1.35     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 1,184,475  100.00    59  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.


Government in office at election: At the Legislative Assembly election in September 2008, the Australian Labor Party government led by Premier Carpenter lost its majority in the Assembly. After extended negotiations, the leader of the Liberal Party, Barnett, gained the support of National Party members and one of the three Independent members (Elizabeth Constable), to become Premier of a three component coalition minority government kept in office by at least one of the two other Independents.

After a cabinet reshuffle on 29 June 2012, the sole Independent member of the government, Elizabeth Constable, lost her portfolio as Minister of Education, and returned to the back bench. This removed the Independent component of the coalition government; the ministry remained a coalition minority government of Liberal Party and National Party ministers under Premier Barnett.

Government in office after election: The Liberal Party won a majority of seats at this Assembly election (2013) but chose to continue to govern in coalition with the National Party, in part to maintain a government majority in the upper house, the Legislative Council.

Independents: The vote shown for independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (33) and six candidates who ran for office without any registered party name. No Independent candidate was elected at this election.

Australian Christians: This new party was committed to Christian principles and pro-family and pro-life policies; the party had some organizational links with the Christian Democratic Party which fielded candidates at the previous Assembly election in 2008. At the 2013 election, Australian Christians fielded 42 candidates for the Legislative Assembly.

Family First: This party grouping was committed to family values and endorsed 16 candidates at this Assembly election (2013).


Results calculated from the Western Australian Electoral Commission website: [accessed 2 May 2013]