ID 0335

Parliament of Northern Territory, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 19 October 1974


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Northern Territory
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
19 October 1974

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
39,027
Number of Assembly seats
19
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
39,027
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
29,428
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
75.40%
Total valid votes
27,935
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
5.07%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Single member districts, preferential voting (AV), optional preferences, compulsory voting


Northern Territory, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 19 October 1974
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 %
Country Liberal Party  13,690  49.01  17  89.47 
Australian Labor Party  8,508  30.46     
Independents  5,737  20.54  10.53 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 27,935  100.00    19  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

Northern Territory self-government: The Northern Territory did not gain full representative self-government until 1978, although this had been planned since 1973.

'In 1973 the Whitlam [federal] Labor government established a joint committee of the federal parliament to plan for a setting up of a legislative assembly in 1974. But, in a style which Territorians would claim has been a consistent pattern, the Commonwealth Committee reported after the new assembly had been designed, confirmed and elected. The Legislative Assembly of nineteen members had all of the structures and processes of a representative parliament, but its powers remained the same as those of the previous Legislative Council. In 1978, however, after protracted negotiations with the Fraser Liberal government, the territory was granted self-government', Dean Jaensch, 'Northern Territory', in Jeremy Moon and Campbell Sharman (editors), Australian Politics and Government: The Commonwealth, the States and the Territories, pp 224-238, at p.225 (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0521532051).

First election: Notwithstanding the problems in setting up the machinery for full self-government (see note above), this was the first election for a fully elected Legislative Assembly for the Northern Territory. For a survey of representation and government in the Northern Territory, see Dean Jaensch, 'Northern Territory', in Jeremy Moon and Campbell Sharman (editors), Australian Politics and Government: The Commonwealth, the States and the Territories, pp 224-238, (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0521532051), and Jaensch and Wade-Marshall (see 'Sources', below).

Sources

Dean Jaensch and Deborah Wade-Marshall, Point of Order! The Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, 1974-1994, Darwin: Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory and North Australia Research Unit, Australian National University, 1994 (ISBN 0 7315 2077 9)



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