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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 1 December 1984


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
1 December 1984

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
9,869,217
Number of House of Representatives seats
148
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
9,869,217
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
9,295,421
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.19%
Total valid votes
8,664,952
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
6.78%
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 1 December 1984
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  4,120,130  47.55  -1.93  82  55.41 
Liberal Party  2,951,156  34.06  -0.30  44  29.73 
National Party  921,151  10.63  +1.66  21  14.19 
Australian Democrats  472,204  5.45  +0.41     
Country Liberal Party (NT)  27,335  0.32  +0.08  0.68 
Votes for other than listed parties 172,976 2.00 +0.08       
Totals 8,664,952  100.00    148  100.00 


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Sources

Australian Electoral Commission, Election Statistics 1984 House of Representatives Full Distribution of Preferences, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1985, ISBN (0644041455): 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).



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