ID 0195

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 18 October 1980


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
751,260
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
11
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
751,260
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
699,957
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.17%
Total valid votes
681,136
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.69%
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 Western Australia

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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 %
Liberal Party  317,636  46.63  -2.05  72.73 
Australian Labor Party  286,259  42.03  +9.47  27.27 
Australian Democrats  48,076  7.06  -4.11     
National Country Party  24,752  3.63  -0.41     
Votes for other than listed parties 4,413 0.65 -0.06       
Totals 681,136  100.00    11  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).