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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 18 October 1980

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Senate votes and seats won, and seats held, national summary

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Election held on 18 October 1980
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 by ticket n Seats won by ticket % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Australian Labor Party   3,250,187  42.25  +5.49  15  44.12  15  44.12  27  42.19 
Liberal Party - National Country Party (joint ticket)  1,971,528  25.63  -8.63  11.76         
Liberal Party  1,011,289  13.15  +2.55  26.47  12  35.29  28  43.75 
Australian Democrats  711,805  9.25  -1.88  8.82  8.82  7.81 
National Country Party  341,978  4.45  +3.95  2.94  5.88  4.69 
Independents  86,770  1.13  -0.60  2.94  2.94  1.56 
Country Liberal Party (NT)  19,129  0.25  +0.04  2.94  2.94     
Votes for other than listed parties 299,678 3.90 -0.92             
Totals 7,692,364  100.00    34  100.00  34  100.00  64  100.00 

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In the table above, see the Glossary distinctions between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won by party and Seats held by party.

In Western Australia, the National Party of Western Australia had split from the National Country Party before this election but, in the national summary for the Senate, their combined vote is included in the total for the National Country Party.

From 1979, Senator Bernard Francis Kilgariff, elected as a member of the Country Liberal Party in the Northern Territory, chose to sit with the Liberal Party in the Senate; in the national summary for the Senate for this election, his seat is included with the seats held by the Liberal Party.


Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986 (ISBN 008033038X); Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 13287478).

For a general survey of this election, see: Howard R Penniman (editor), Australia at the Polls: The National Elections of 1980 and 1983, Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1983 (084473506X).