ID 1636

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Northern Territory

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

Election of 2 July 2016


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Senate enrolment and voting in Northern Territory

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
133,020
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
105,539
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
79.34%
Total valid votes
102,027
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.33%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Northern Territory

Total number of seats in the Senate
76
Total number of seats for each state
12
Number of seats for each territory
2
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
2
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); minimum number of preferences required; above the line (group ticket) voting permitted; compulsory voting (see notes for 2016 changes)

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in Northern Territory

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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 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 %
Australian Labor Party  38,197  37.44  +4.69  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Country Liberal Party  37,156  36.42  -4.92  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Greens  11,003  10.78  +2.11       
Rise Up Australia Party  6,768  6.63       
Australian Sex Party/Marijuana (HEMP) Party (joint ticket)  4,956  4.86           
Christian Democratic Party  1,660  1.63       
Citizens Electoral Council  1,255  1.23       
Australian Sex Party    -2.13       
Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party         
Votes for other than listed parties 1,032 1.01 -1.30             
Totals 102,027  100.00    100.00  100.00  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

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.

Electoral system: In an attempt to reduce the number of parties elected to the Senate with less that 5 percent of the primary vote in any state, the Electoral Act Amendment Act 2016 made changes to the requirements for voters to complete a valid Senate ballot (for context, see 'Other parties' in the notes to the national summary of the 2013 Senate election). For Senate elections from 1984 to 2013, voters had been required to rank all the candidates listed on the ballot paper or choose a single party list (group voting ticket) by voting above the line on the ballot paper. For the 2016 election, voters needed to rank only 12 candidates but, if voters chose to vote above the line, they were required to rank six party lists (group voting tickets).

To reduce the number of informal (invalid) ballots that might have followed from these changes, provision was made in the Act for ballots with only a single choice of party list above the line (as required by the former rules) to be a valid vote for that party list only. A similar provision was made for some ballots that listed fewer than 12 candidates below the line. These saving clauses appeared to have had some success since the rate of informal (invalid) voting for the Senate in 2016 increased by less than 1 percent over the 2013 figure.

Rise Up Australia Party: This party was founded in 2011 by Daniel Nalliah, who was opposed to multiculturalism. Its general orientation was nationalist and conservative; its candidates had contested several state and federal elections since its founding.

Australian Sex Party/Marijuana (HEMP) Party (joint ticket): The Australian Sex Party had contested the 2013 Senate election in the Northern Territory as a separate party, but chose to combine its candidates with those of the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party in a joint ticket for the 2016 Senate election in the Northern Territory. The Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party had been a listed party in this database for the 2013 Senate election in Western Australia. As a joint ticket, the two parties are also listed separately in the table above even though, at this election the ticket did not win a seat.

Christian Democratic Party: This party was affiliated with the Fred Nile Group, a socially conservative Christian party associated with the New South Wales politician Fred Nile who was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1981. The group had contested state and federal elections under various party names in the years following.

Sources

Voting figures were taken from the Australian Electoral Commission website 'First preferences by Senate group', online: here [accessed 22 June 2017]