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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Western Australia

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

Election of 7 September 2013


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Senate enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
1,480,191
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
1,310,561
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
88.54%
Total valid votes
1,277,804
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.5%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Western Australia

Total number of seats in the Senate
Total number of seats for each state
12
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
6
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
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 Western Australia

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Election held on 7 September 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 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 %
Liberal Party  435,220  34.06  -8.93  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  275,094  21.53  -8.17  16.67  16.67  25.00 
Australian Greens  199,358  15.60  +1.64  16.67  16.67  16.67 
Palmer United Party  157,740  12.34  16.67  16.67  8.33 
National Party  38,818  3.04  -0.39       
Liberal Democratic Party  23,251  1.82  +0.64       
Australian Christians  19,649  1.54       
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party  13,579  1.06       
Shooters Party  13,162  1.03  +0.43       
Australian Sex Party  12,109  0.95  -1.30       
Family First  9,471  0.74  -0.41       
Australian Sports Party  4,166  0.33       
Votes for other than listed parties 76,187 5.96 +3.65             
Totals 1,277,804  100.00    100.00  100.00  12  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.

Notes

Modified results: The results in the tables above are those of the the re-run of the Senate election in Western Australia held on 5 April 2014 as a consequence of the voiding of the original Senate election held on 7 September 2013 in Western Australia (see notes, below). Note that the date of the original election has been maintained for this webpage.

Change in party votes: 'Change from previous election %' in the table above, shows changes from the party votes in 2010, NOT the voided election of 7 September 2013; the results of the 7 September election can be seen here (PDF).

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.

Rerun of Senate election in Western Australian: The close results for the Senate election in Western Australia led to a recount of all ballots in that state. Near the close of the recount on 1 November, it was announced by the Australian Electoral Commission that some 1,370 ballots had been lost, possibly in transit to the AEC Perth office. As the results of the recount changed two of the six candidates to be elected to the Senate, the result of the election was challenged in the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns. In February, the High Court found that the WA Senate election was void, and that another election must be held for the Senate in Western Australia, the first such state-only ballot for all the senators in a state in the history of the Senate. The election took place on 5 April 2014.

The party representation in the Senate shown in the table above reflects the result of the special WA Senate election held on 5 April 2014 which partially restored the party representation in the Senate to the situation before the contested recount of the ballots in September 2013. At the recount in 2013, an Australian Labor Party candidate and a candidate from the Palmer United Party who had been elected on the original count, were replaced by a candidate from the Australian Greens, and one from the Australian Sports Party. As shown in the table above, the special election on 5 April 2014 restored Senate representation for the Palmer United Party, and gave the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens one senator each.

Palmer United Party: The Palmer United Party was formed in 2013 by mining businessman Clive Palmer, who had been previously associated with the Queensland National Party and its successor, the Liberal National Party. The Palmer United Party endorsed candidates in every House of Representatives electoral district in Australia, and in Senate elections for all states and territories. The Party's policies argued for limiting paid lobbyists, changes to refugee policies, abolition of a carbon tax, more mineral processing in Australia, and greater expenditure in regional Australia.

Australian Christians: This party was committed to Christian principles and pro-family and pro-life policies, and had contested seats for both houses of the Western Australian Parliament at the elections held in March 2013. The party had some organizational links with the Christian Democratic Party and fielded Senate candidates in all states except New South Wales (where the Christian Democratic Party had representation in the state parliament).

Shooters Party: This party was registered for this election as the Shooters and Fishers Party, a name it registered with the Australian Electoral Commission in 2012; 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. It also assists in distinguishing it from other parties with ‘fishing’ in their names. The Shooters Party had contested state and federal elections since its formation by John Tingle in 1992 to fight restrictions on semi-automatic weapons proposed by state and federal governments, and had won representation in the New South Wales Legislative Council for all but one election since 1995.

Australian Sports Party: The Australian Sports Party was committed to encouraging broad participation in sports and healthy living. The party ran candidates in only one state, Western Australia, and endorsed Wayne Dropulich as their Senate candidate. He was elected at the recount of the original Senate election in September 2013 with only 0.23 percent of the Western Australian Senate primary vote (0.02 of the national Senate primary vote), but benefited from a complicated exchange of preferences with other small parties competing at the Senate election. He was not elected at the special Senate election held in April 2014 (see notes above).

Other parties: The Australian Electoral Commission listed 13 registered party groupings for this Senate election in Western Australia whose votes are not separately listed in the table above. None of these parties gained 1 percent of the first preference votes at this election, had a candidate elected or met any of the other criteria for listing in this database for the state summary for this Senate election in Western Australia (see listed party). For details of the votes won by these parties, see the reference in 'Sources', below. Note that some of these parties may have qualified for listing in other state summaries for this election.

Many small parties made arrangements to exchange preferences for those voters -- the great majority -- who chose to vote above the line on the Senate ballot paper. This system of swapping preferences among very small parties was one of the reasons for the election of minor party candidates whose parties had gained only a small number of first preference votes. It is likely that the problems with the count for the Western Australian Senate seats will prompt a change in electoral rules.

Sources

Voting figures are taken from the Australian Electoral Commission 'WA Senate Election 2014' web page 'Senate -- First Preferences by Group' online at: https://bit.ly/2JzS0Aw [accessed 30 April 2014]

The web page from this Database for the final WA Senate results at the 2013 WA Senate election, since voided, can be downloaded (PDF) here: Download of original results for WA Senate election on 7 September 2013