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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 24 February 1968


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New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 24 February 1968
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  931,563  43.10  -0.21  39  41.49 
Liberal Party  831,514  38.47  -1.12  36  38.30 
Country Party  229,656  10.62  +0.39  17  18.09 
Independents  113,552  5.25  +1.13  2.13 
Democratic Labor Party  49,457  2.29  +0.18     
Communist Party  5,828  0.27  -0.37     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 2,161,570  100.00    94  100.00 


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Notes

Government in office at election: After the 1965 election, Askin formed a Liberal Party and Country Party coalition minority government which held 47 of the 94 seats in the Legislative Assembly, and relied on two conservative independents to maintain a majority. The government won an additional seat from the Labor Party at the Bathurst by-election held on 6 May 1967 and secured majority support for the coalition until the election in 1968.

Redistribution and postal voting: The was a major redistribution and redrawing of electoral district boundaries before this election, and the reintroduction of postal voting which had been abolished by a Labor government in 1949; for a discussion of the significance of these changes, see Dempsey, pp. 7-10 (see 'Reference', below).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election, see Robert Dempsey, '1968', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 1-36, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).

Sources

Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, pp. 105-108, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1977, ISBN 0708113400); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).