ID 0325

Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 13 February 1971


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
New South Wales
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
13 February 1971

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Coalition
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Coalition
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
2,496,868
Number of Assembly seats
96
Number of uncontested seats
2
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
39,847
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
2,457,021
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
2,291,484
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.26%
Total valid votes
2,237,856
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.34%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 13 February 1971
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  1,007,538  45.02  +1.93  45  46.88 
Liberal Party  799,801  35.74  -2.73  32  33.33 
Country Party  193,509  8.65  -1.98  17  17.71 
Independents  129,321  5.78  +0.53  2.08 
Democratic Labor Party  71,050  3.17  +0.89     
Australia Party  23,689  1.06     
Communist Party  2,098  0.09  -0.18     
Votes for other than listed parties 10,850 0.48 +0.48       
Totals 2,237,856  100.00    96  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

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).

Sources

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).



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