Election held on 1 May 1965
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|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||883,824||43.31||-5.26||45||1||47.87|
|Democratic Labor Party||43,109||2.11||+0.62||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||0||0.00||0.00|
Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous election; 'On 28 April Heffron retired. On 29 April caucus elected Renshaw as leader and filled the vacancy in cabinet', Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, p. 84, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700). For the circumstances of Heffron's retirement, see the notes for the entry 'Heffron' in the 'Governments' section of this database.
Government after election: The Renshaw Labor government was defeated at the election '...but determination of the result was slow. On 11 May, Renshaw saw the Governor and Askin was commissioned;...', Hughes, p. 23 (see Hughes, 1965-1974 in 'Sources', below). Askin formed a Liberal Party and Country Party coalition minority government which held 47 of the 94 seats in the Legislative Assembly, and relied on two conservative independents to maintain a majority. The government won an additional seat from the Labor Party at the Bathurst by-election held on 6 May 1967 and secured majority support for the coalition until the next election in 1968
Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election, see Chris Puplick, '1965', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930 to 1965), pp. 427-463, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).
Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1977 (ISBN 0708113400) [election date corrected by Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, p. xii (Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 008033038X)]; New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).