ID 0408

Parliament of South Australia, House of Assembly election

Election of 7 December 1985


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General election for the House of Assembly
South Australia
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
7 December 1985

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
House of Assembly support for government at election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
905,507
Number of Assembly seats
47
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
905,507
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
846,289
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.46%
Total valid votes
816,888
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.47%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise (at 18 years from 1973), single member districts, preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences, compulsory voting


South Australia, House of Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 7 December 1985
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  393,652  48.19  +1.91  27  57.45 
Liberal Party  344,337  42.15  -0.52  16  34.04 
Australian Democrats  34,732  4.25  -2.87     
Independent Labor  18,641  2.28  4.26 
National Country Party  14,056  1.72  -0.60  2.13 
Independents  5,368  0.66  -0.94     
Independent Liberal  5,224  0.64  2.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 878 0.11 +0.11       
Totals 816,888  100.00    47  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.

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344).



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