ID 0287

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 5 March 1983


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
5 March 1983

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)
National 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
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
9,372,064
Number of House of Representatives seats
125
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
9,372,064
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
8,870,175
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.64%
Total valid votes
8,684,863
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.09%
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 5 March 1983
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  4,297,392  49.48  +4.34  75  60.00 
Liberal Party  2,983,986  34.36  -3.07  33  26.40 
National Party  779,130  8.97  17  13.60 
Australian Democrats  437,265  5.03  -1.54     
Country Liberal Party (NT)  20,479  0.24  +0.01     
Votes for other than listed parties 166,611 1.92 +0.23       
Totals 8,684,863  100.00    125  100.00 


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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.

Notes

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 008033038X); 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 survey of this election, see: Howard R Penniman (editor), Australia at the Polls: The National Elections of 1980 and 1983, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1983 (084473506X).



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