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Parliament of Western Australia Legislative Council election

Election of 6 February 1993

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Western Australia, Legislative Council votes and seats won, and seats held

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Elections held in 6 February 1993
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name Candidates n First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Uncontested seats at this election n Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Liberal Party  31  418,039  45.60  +4.55  15  44.12    15  44.12 
Australian Labor Party  33  337,554  36.82  -4.51  14  41.18    14  41.18 
Greens WA  14  47,305  5.16  +3.25  2.94    2.94 
Independents  16  38,304  4.18  +2.42  2.94    2.94 
National Party  36,614  3.99  -1.01  8.82    8.82 
Australian Democrats  12  27,640  3.01  -0.30         
Greypower  5,937  0.65  -3.37         
Republic Australia  2,599  0.28         
Call to Australia  2,473  0.27         
CALM Resistance Movement  318  0.03         
Totals 126  916,783  100.00    34  100.00    34  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.


History of the Legislative Council: For information and references on the origins and early history of the Legislative Council, see the notes for the 1894 Legislative Council elections.

Franchise and qualifications for candidates: The Constitution Acts Amendment Act (No. 2) of 1963 abolished the property franchise and plural voting for the Legislative Council, making the franchise identical to that of the Legislative Assembly. 'In addition, the qualifications for membership of the Upper House were brought into line with those for the Assembly with the lowering of the minimum age from thirty to twenty-one [eighteen from 1973] and the reduction of the residential period within the state from two years to one year', David Black, Legislative Council, p. 6 (see 'Sources', below). For details of the previous franchise and candidate qualifications, see the notes to Legislative Council elections before 1965.

Electoral system: The Acts Amendment (Electoral Reform) Act of 1987 made major changes to the way members of the Legislative Council were elected. While the number of members remained at 34, and members retained fixed terms, the terms were reduced from six to four years. Staggered terms were abandoned, all members retiring on the same date.

The Electoral Act Amendment Act of 1964 had previously ensured that Legislative Council elections would usually be held on the same date as general elections for the Legislative Assembly; see David Black, Legislative Council, p. 6 (see 'Sources', below). This provision did not affect the fixed terms of Legislative Council members; successful candidates at an early Legislative Council election would have to wait until the following May to take up their seats.

From 1989, members of the Legislative Council were elected from six multimember electoral districts (2 seven member, and 4 five member regions) by a system of proportional representation by the single transferable vote method (PR-STV). The Electoral (Procedures) Amendment Act of 1987 enabled party names to be printed on ballot papers, and provided for above the line voting at Legislative Council elections.

For information on previous Legislative Council electoral systems, see the notes to Legislative Council elections before 1989.

Seats held by parties: The total number of members in the Legislative Council affiliated with each party after an election is shown in the seats held by party column of the 'Votes and seats' table, above. With the abolition of staggered terms from 1989 (see notes above), the seats held by party will be the same as seats won by party.

Call to Australia: The Call to Australia party was associated with the New South Wales based Reverend Fred Nile. The party was formed in 1980; 'Pro-family national political party based on Christian principles', Dean Jaensch and David Mathieson, A Plague on Both Your Houses: Minor Parties in Australia, pp 64-65 (St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1998, ISBN 1864484217).

CALM Resistance Movement: 'Formed 1992; to oppose some policies of the Conservation and Land Management Department in Western Australia', Dean Jaensch and David Mathieson, A Plague on Both Your Houses: Minor Parties in Australia, p.35 (St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1998, ISBN 1864484217).

References: The Australian Journal of Politics and History has provided short surveys of Western Australian politics since 1955 (including parliamentary politics) in the 'Political Chronicle' section of the journal in issues of each annual volume. This publication can be viewed online through Wiley-Blackwell Journals at subscribing libraries.


Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2002, ISBN 1862873433); Western Australian Electoral Commission, Report on the 1993 State General Election, (Perth: 1993); and David Black, Legislative Council of Western Australia: Membership Register, Electoral Law and Statistics 1890-1989, (Perth: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, 1989, revised 1991, ISBN 0730936414).