ID 0287

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 5 March 1983


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House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

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Election held on 5 March 1983
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  4,297,392  49.48  +4.34  75  60.00 
Liberal Party  2,983,986  34.36  -3.07  33  26.40 
National Party  779,130  8.97  17  13.60 
Australian Democrats  437,265  5.03  -1.54     
Country Liberal Party (NT)  20,479  0.24  +0.01     
Votes for other than listed parties 166,611 1.92 +0.23       
Totals 8,684,863  100.00    125  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.

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Sources

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).