Election held on 13 February 1971
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||1,007,538||45.02||+1.93||45||1||46.88|
|Democratic Labor Party||71,050||3.17||+0.89||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||10,850||0.48||+0.48|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Redistribution: The was a major change to the method of redrawing of electoral district boundaries before this election, see Harwin, pp. 46-48 (see 'Reference', below).
Party Organization: Both the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party were undergoing significant changes to their organization and leadership; see Harwin, pp. 37-42 (see 'Reference', below).
Australia Party: This party was '... a small 'l' Liberal splinter group which attracted significant support on the North Shore', Harwin, p. 50 (see 'Reference', below). For a brief survey of the history and organization of the Australia Party, see Keith Richmond, 'Minor Parties in Australia', pp. 335-375 at pp. 344-351, in Graeme Starr, Keith Richmond and Graham Maddox, Political Parties in Australia, (Richmond, Vic.: Heinemann Educational Australia, 1978, ISBN 0858591782).
Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Don Harwin, '1971', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 37-69, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).
Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, pp. 105-108, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1977, ISBN 0708113400); 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).