ID 0282

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 2 December 1972

Show only vote and seat summary details

Previous election in this series | Next election in this series
General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
2 December 1972

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
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Government in office after election

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of House of Representatives seats
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 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

Display Chart

Election held on 2 December 1972
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 %
Australian Labor Party  3,273,549  49.59  +2.64  67  53.60 
Liberal Party  2,115,085  32.04  -2.73  38  30.40 
Country Party   622,826  9.44  +0.88  20  16.00 
Democratic Labor Party  346,415  5.25  -0.77     
Australia Party  159,916  2.42  +1.55     
Independents  65,451  0.99  -1.32     
Votes for other than listed parties 17,808 0.27 -0.24       
Totals 6,601,050  100.00    125  100.00 

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


Prime minister at election: McMahon replaced Gorton as prime minister of a Liberal Party Country Party coalition government on 10 March 1971.


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).