ID 0290

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 24 March 1990


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
24 March 1990

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
10,728,435
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
10,728,435
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
10,225,800
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.31%
Total valid votes
9,899,674
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.19%
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 24 March 1990
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  3,904,138  39.44  -6.39  78  52.70 
Liberal Party  3,440,902  34.76  +0.44  55  37.16 
Australian Democrats  1,114,216  11.26  +5.22     
National Party  833,557  8.42  -3.10  14  9.46 
Independents  252,116  2.55  +0.94  0.68 
Country Liberal Party (NT)  27,668  0.28  +0.04     
Votes for other than listed parties 327,077 3.30 +2.85       
Totals 9,899,674  100.00    148  100.00 


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Notes

The vote shown for Independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates who ran for office without any registered party name.

Several party groupings fielded candidates at this House of Representatives election under a variety of Green party labels, but only in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland did a Greens party grouping cross the threshold for inclusion in this database in state summaries (see, listed party in the Glossary of this website) together with the United Tasmania Group (the Tasmanian Greens) and the Greens WA from Western Australia. In the national summary for the House of Representatives for this election, votes for all these party groupings are included under 'votes for other than listed parties'.

Sources

Australian Electoral Commission, Statistics, Result of Count: Senate, House of Representatives Election 1990, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1990 (ISBN 0644130563); Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344); 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 review of this election, see Clive Bean, Ian McAllister and John Warhurst (editors), The Greening of Australian Politics: The 1990 Federal Election, Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1990 (ISBN 0582870313).



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