ID 0280

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 26 November 1966


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
26 November 1966

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Prime Minister in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election)
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Liberal Party
House of Representatives support for government at election
Coalition
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election.
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Liberal Party
House of Representatives support for government after election
Coalition
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
6,193,881
Number of House of Representatives seats
124
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
6,193,881
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
5,892,327
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.13%
Total valid votes
5,709,749
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.1%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting


House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

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Election held on 26 November 1966
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  2,291,964  40.14  +3.05  61  49.19 
Australian Labor Party  2,282,834  39.98  -5.49  41  33.06 
Country Party   561,926  9.84  +0.90  21  16.94 
Democratic Labor Party  417,411  7.31  -0.13     
Independents  82,948  1.45  +1.04  0.81 
Votes for other than listed parties 72,666 1.27 +0.63       
Totals 5,709,749  100.00    124  100.00 


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Notes

Prime minister at election: Holt became prime minister of a Liberal Party Country Party coalition government on 26 January 1966. As the member for the Australian Capital Territory had full voting rights in the House of Representatives following the 1966 election, and the member for the Northern Territory had full voitng rights from 1968, the figures for the two Territories are included in House of Representatives results for 1966. Before 1949 general election, residents of the ACT had no representation in the Commonwealth Parliament. By an Act of 1948, residents of the ACT was given representation in the House of Representatives but the member had voting rights only on matters affecting the ACT.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977 (ISBN 0708113400); 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).



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