ID 0203

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 5 March 1983


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
798,973
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
798,973
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
743,315
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.03%
Total valid votes
728,630
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.98%
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 5 March 1983
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  378,545  51.95  +9.93  72.73 
Liberal Party  304,677  41.82  -4.82  27.27 
Australian Democrats  29,273  4.02  -3.04     
National Party  5,999  0.82     
Votes for other than listed parties 10,136 1.39 +0.74       
Totals 728,630  100.00    11  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), Australia at the Polls: The National Elections of 1980 and 1983, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1983 (084473506X).