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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 11 July 1987


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
906,677
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
13
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
906,677
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
850,820
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.84%
Total valid votes
795,044
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
6.56%
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 11 July 1987
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  377,493  47.48  -0.71  69.23 
Liberal Party  332,266  41.79  -3.94  30.77 
National Party  54,871  6.90  +5.59     
Australian Democrats  27,302  3.43  -0.26     
Votes for other than listed parties 3,112 0.39 -0.67       
Totals 795,044  100.00    13  100.00 


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Sources

Australian Electoral Commission, Election Statistics, Result of Count, Senate, House of Representatives, Election 1987, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1987 (ISBN 0644072267); Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344); 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 review of this election, see Ian McAllister and John Warhurst (editors), Australia Votes: The 1987 Federal Election, Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1988 (ISBN 058271224 6).