ID 1629

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election in South Australia

(for more information on this election see national summary for the House of Representatives)

Election of 2 July 2016

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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in South Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
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 (from 1974); single member districts, preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

House of Representatives votes and seats won in South Australia

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Election held on 2 July 2016
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  365,155  35.09  -9.40  36.36 
Australian Labor Party  328,314  31.55  -4.19  54.55 
Nick Xenophon Group  221,210  21.26  9.09 
Australian Greens  64,605  6.21  -2.07     
Family First  40,941  3.93  -1.48     
Independents  7,737  0.74  -0.53     
Votes for other than listed parties 12,774 1.23 +0.19       
Totals 1,040,736  100.00    11  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.


Nick Xenophon Group: Nick Xenophon had been an Independent member of the South Australian Legislative Council from 1997 to 2007. At the 2007 Senate election, Xenophon ran in South Australia as one of two candidates in a group without a party name (group S on the 2007 South Australian Senate ballot paper) and was elected as an Independent senator. At the 2013 Senate election, he formed a registered party called the Nick Xenophon Group, and won a Senate seat with the second highest share of primary votes for any party in South Australia. At this federal election (2016) he registered the party name Nick Xenophon Team but the name Nick Xenophon Group has been retained in this database to permit comparison between chambers, over time and between states.

While the principal focus of the Nick Xenophon Group was gaining Senate representation, the party ran candidates in House of Representatives seats in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria at this election (2016). In addition to winning three Senate seats in South Australia, the party won a fifth of the House of Representatives vote in the state and its candidate Rebekha Sharkie won the seat of Mayo.

Family First: The Family First party was founded in 2002 in South Australia and had policies which support traditional family values. It ran candidates in all states at the 2004 federal election and was successful in winning a Senate seat in Victoria (Steve Fielding). It contested the Senate elections of 2007 and 2010 without success but gained representation in 2013 from South Australia with the election of its candidate, Bob Day, who was reelected to the Senate at this election (2016).

The party contested 65 House of Representatives seats at this election (2016) in all states except Tasmania and Western Australia but none of its candidates was elected.

Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this election is the sum of first preference votes cast for 6 candidates registered as Independents in South Australia. No Independent was elected at this election (2016) from South Australia.

Other parties: The Australian Electoral Commission listed 3 registered party groupings for this House of Representatdives election in South 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 House of Representatives election in South 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.


Voting figures were taken from the Australian Electoral Commission website 'First preference votes by party', online: here [accessed 22 June 2017]