ID 0183

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election in New South Wales

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

Election of 10 December 1977


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in New South Wales

Total number of voters on the roll
3,051,238
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
43
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
3,051,238
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
2,899,445
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.03%
Total valid votes
2,833,785
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.26%
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 New South Wales

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Election held on 10 December 1977
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  1,201,560  42.40  -3.06  17  39.53 
Liberal Party  1,018,257  35.93  -3.77  18  41.86 
National Country Party  320,051  11.29  18.60 
Australian Democrats  239,808  8.46     
Votes for other than listed parties 54,109 1.91 -0.76       
Totals 2,833,785  100.00    43  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.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, 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).

For a general survey of this election, see Howard R Penniman (editor), The Australian National Elections of 1977, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1979 (ISBN 0844733571).