ID 0167

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election in Western Australia

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

Election of 2 December 1972


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
537,240
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
9
Number of uncontested seats
0
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
537,240
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
504,297
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.87%
Total valid votes
490,969
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.64%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting


House of Representatives votes and seats won in Western Australia

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Election held on 2 December 1972
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  226,398  46.11  -3.92  44.44 
Liberal Party  193,060  39.32  +3.27  33.33 
Country Party  40,831  8.32  +1.93  22.22 
Democratic Labor Party  22,054  4.49  -1.00     
Votes for other than listed parties 8,626 1.76 -0.27       
Totals 490,969  100.00    100.00 


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Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977 (ISBN 0708113400) [enrolment figure corrected by Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, p. xii (Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 008033038X)]; Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 13287478).