ID 0243

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 2 March 1996

Show only vote and seat summary details

Previous election in this series | Next election in this series

House of Representatives enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
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

Display Chart

Election held on 2 March 1996
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

* to view table drag left or right.
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  440,647  44.02  -4.99  57.14 
Australian Labor Party  347,583  34.73  -4.63  21.43 
Independents  86,989  8.69  +7.44  21.43 
Australian Democrats  55,862  5.58  +2.30     
Greens WA  53,101  5.31  -0.47     
Votes for other than listed parties 16,774 1.68 +0.59       
Totals 1,000,956  100.00    14  100.00 

Previous election in this series | Next election in this series | Display Chart


The votes cast for the Greens WA in Western Australia at this election are included with the votes for the Greens in the national summary for the House of Representatives.

The vote shown for Independents at this election in Western Australia is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (14) and one candidate who ran for office without any registered party name. There were 15 such candidates.


Australian Electoral Commission, Electoral Statistics 1993, 1996, 1998, CD-ROM, Canberra,1999; 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: Clive Bean, Marian Simms, Scott Bennett and John Warhurst (editors), The Politics of Retribution: The 1996 Federal Election, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1997 (ISBN 1 86448 386 5).