ID 0283

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 18 May 1974


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
18 May 1974

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
Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives support for government at election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

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
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
7,897,506
Number of House of Representatives seats
127
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
7,897,506
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
7,535,768
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.42%
Total valid votes
7,391,006
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.92%
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, national summary

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Election held on 18 May 1974
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  3,644,110  49.30  -0.29  66  51.97 
Liberal Party  2,582,968  34.95  +2.91  40  31.50 
Country Party   736,252  9.96  +0.53  21  16.54 
Australia Party  172,176  2.33  -0.09     
Democratic Labor Party  104,974  1.42  -3.83     
Votes for other than listed parties 150,526 2.04 +1.77       
Totals 7,391,006  100.00    127  100.00 


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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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