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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 27 March 1999

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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)
27 March 1999

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
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election.
Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 18 years (from 1973); single member districts; preferential voting (AV); optional preferences; compulsory voting

New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 27 March 1999
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  1,576,886  42.21  +0.94  55  59.14 
Liberal Party  927,368  24.82  -8.02  20  21.51 
National Party  331,343  8.87  -2.23  13  13.98 
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party  281,147  7.53     
Independents  190,793  5.11  +0.41  5.38 
Greens  145,019  3.88  +1.31     
Australian Democrats  124,520  3.33  +0.49     
Christian Democratic Party  55,819  1.49     
Unity Party  39,562  1.06     
Australians Against Further Immigration  34,590  0.93  -0.19     
Earthsave Party  6,391  0.17     
Ivan Petch [Independent]  3,494  0.09     
Citizens Electoral Council  3,416  0.09  +0.09     
Democratic Socialist Electoral League  3,404  0.09     
Outdoor Recreation Party  3,341  0.09     
Non-Custodial Parents Party  2,700  0.07     
No Badgerys Creek Airport Party  1,196  0.03     
Timbarra Clean Water Party  887  0.02     
Gun Owners & Sporting Hunters Party  885  0.02     
Republic 2000/People First Party  837  0.02     
Euthanasia Referendum Party  774  0.02     
Communist Party  549  0.01     
Natural Law Party  508  0.01  -0.19     
Socialist Equality Party  402  0.01     
Voice of the People [Independent]  248  0.01     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 3,736,079  100.00    93  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.


Size of Legislative Assembly and redistribution: The membership of the Legislative Assembly was reduced from 99 to 93 member in 1997 and a redistribution carried out in 1997-1998; see Smith, pp. 387-388 (see 'Reference', below).

Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party: This rural based populist party contested the 1999 New South Wales election after winning more than 20 percent of the vote in the June 1998 Queensland Assembly election, and 8 percent of the vote in the October 1998 House of Representatives elections.

Christian Democratic Party: This party was the successor to the Call to Australia party; see Smith. p. 396 (see 'Reference', below).

Unity Party: The formation of this party was prompted by the anti-immigrant policies of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, and supported multiculturalism and the rights of ethnic communities; see Smith, Against the Machines, p. 100, (see 'Reference', below).

Independents and minor parties: At this election, there were 73 Independent candidates, 5 of whom were elected, and 180 candidates from 18 unlisted minor parties; see Smith, pp. 395-396, 408 (see 'Reference', below), and Green, p. 5 (see 'Sources', below).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Rodney Smith, '1999', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 369-413, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).

For a study of minor parties and groups contesting New South Wales elections, see Smith, Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 9781862876231).


Antony Green, New South Wales Elections 1999, (Sydney: New South Wales Parliamentary Library Research Service, Background Paper No. 4/99, 1999, ISSN 1325-5142, ISBN 073131655X) online here [accessed 3 August 2015]; Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, pp. 308-309, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2002, ISBN 1862874344); 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); and note Antony Green, New South Wales Legislative Assembly Elections 1999: Two-Candidate preferred results by Polling Place, Background Paper 6/99, ISSN 1325-5142 ISBN 0 7313 1664 9, online here [accessed 3 August 2015].