ID 0191

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 18 October 1980


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in New South Wales

Total number of voters on the roll
3,184,997
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
3,184,997
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
2,999,196
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.17%
Total valid votes
2,928,454
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.36%
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 18 October 1980
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  1,357,557  46.36  +3.96  18  41.86 
Liberal Party  1,044,190  35.66  -0.28  16  37.21 
National Country Party  307,400  10.50  -0.80  20.93 
Australian Democrats  166,143  5.67  -2.79     
Votes for other than listed parties 53,164 1.82 -0.09       
Totals 2,928,454  100.00    43  100.00 


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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), Australia at the Polls: The National Elections of 1980 and 1983, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1983 (084473506X).