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Parliament of Australian Capital Territory, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 15 October 2016

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Australian Capital Territory
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
15 October 2016

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
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
ACT Greens

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election.
Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
ACT Greens

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, five multimember districts, proportional representation by the single transferable vote, (STV), optional preferences, compulsory voting

Australian Capital Territory, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 15 October 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 %
Australian Labor Party  93,811  38.43  -0.45  12  48.00 
Liberal Party  89,632  36.72  -2.18  11  44.00 
ACT Greens  25,096  10.28  -0.47  8.00 
Independents  10,835  4.44  +2.61     
Australian Sex Party  7,474  3.06     
Liberal Democratic Party  5,028  2.06  +1.00     
Sustainable Australia  3,831  1.57     
Animal Justice Party  3,681  1.51     
Like Canberra Party  2,624  1.07     
Canberra Community Voters  1,703  0.70     
Community Alliance Party  413  0.17     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 244,128  100.00    25  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.


Chief Minister at election: There had been a change of Chief Minister since the previous Legislative Assembly election in 2012. On 6 December 2014, Katy Gallagher was replaced as leader of the Australian Labor Party in the ACT Legislative Assembly and Chief Minister of a Labor Party and ACT Greens coalition government. She was succeeded by Andrew Barr who had been the unanimous choice of the Labor Party caucus. Gallagher had resigned her seat in the Legislative Assembly to contest preselection for a vacancy created by the resignation of the Australian Labor Party senator for the ACT.

Enlargement of Legislative Assembly and electoral system: In August 2014, all members of the Assembly had agreed to enlarge the chamber from 17 members to 25 for the next election in 2016. Instead of two electoral districts of 5 members and one of 7 members, the new Assembly would be composed of five electoral districts each with 5 members. The method of electing members by proportional representation using the single transferable vote method (STV) with optional preferences would continue.

Government in office after election: The Australian Labor Party won 12 of the 25 seats at this Assembly election (2016). The Labor Party chose to confirm its previous coalition agreement with the ACT Greens rather than form a minority government. Andrew Barr was confirmed as Chief Minister by a vote in the Legislative Assembly on 30 October 2016, and Shane Rattenbury, one of the two ACT Greens members elected at this election, continued as a minister in the coalition government.

Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all 17 candidates who ran for office as 'ungrouped' candidates, listed either as Independents or without any party affiliation. None of these candidates was elected.

Minor Parties: Several minor parties appeared to have seen the increase in the membership of the Legislative Assembly as a chance to gain representation. For commentary on their policies, see Canberra Times, 14 October 2016, 'ACT Election 2016: What the minor parties are promising', online here [accessed 9 December 2016].

References: For some historical background to the ACT,see John Warhurst, 'The Australian Capital Territory', in Jeremy Moon and Campbell Sharman (editors), Australian Politics and Government: The Commonwealth, the States and the Territories, pp 209-223 (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2003 ISBN 0521532051). The Australian Journal of Politics and History provides brief surveys of ACT politics in the 'Political Chronicle' section of the journal in issues of each annual volume. This publication can be viewed online through Wiley-Blackwell Journals at subscribing libraries.


Elections ACT (ACT Electoral Commission), '2016 ACT Legislative Assembly Election', online here [accessed 9 December 2016].

Canberra Times, 22 October 2016, 'ACT election 2016: full list of elected MLAs released', online here [accessed 9 December 2016].