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Parliament of Victoria, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 30 March 1996

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Victoria, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 30 March 1996
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 %
Liberal Party  1,212,933  43.99  -0.17  49  55.68 
Australian Labor Party  1,189,475  43.13  +4.73  29  32.95 
National Party  184,419  6.69  -1.14  10.23 
Independents  93,533  3.39  -3.97  1.14 
Natural Law Party  51,231  1.86  +0.53     
Greens  18,780  0.68  +0.61     
Call to Australia  6,222  0.23  +0.18     
Shooters Party  974  0.04     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 2,757,567  100.00    88  100.00 

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Government in office after election: The Kennett Liberal Party and National Party coalition government was returned with its vote share reduced by only 1 percent and and the loss of three Liberal Party seats. This still left the Liberal Party with a majority of seats in the Assembly, but the Liberals agreed to maintain their coalition agreement with the National Party. For the context and experience of this coalition government, see Brian Costar, 'Coalition Government: An Unequal Partnership', pp 88-94, in Costar and Economou (editors), in 'References', below.

Independents: The votes assigned to Independents in the table above includes the votes for all those candidates who registered as Independents or left their party affiliation blank. Some of these candidates were affiliated with non-registered party groupings; see 'Greens', below. (These candidates and their votes have been subtracted from the votes won by Independents listed by Green in 'Sources', below.)

Forty-five Independent candidates contested this Assembly election in 1996, a number that had decreased by two-thirds since the previous Assembly election in 1992. One Independent candidate, Russell Savage, won the seat of Mildura from the Liberal Party.

Natural Law Party: Formed in 1992, this party was committed to using transcendental meditation to '... bring national life in harmony with Natural law so that every Australian will enjoy peace, happiness and prosperity ...', Dean Jaensch and David Mathieson, A Plague on Both Your Houses: Minor Parties in Australia, pp 71-72 (St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1998, ISBN 1864484217). Seventy-four Natural Law candidates contested this Assembly election in 1996, but none was elected.

Greens: At this election for the Assembly in 1996, there were no candidates who had been endorsed by a registered Green party organization. Six candidates who ran as Independents at this election later ran as candidates affiliated with the Australian Greens, or became officials of the party. The vote shown for the Greens at this election is the sum of the votes cast for these six candidates, none of whom was elected. While this figure does not represent an official 'party' vote, it gives an indication of the level of support for the Greens in Victoria. (The compilers of this database are indebted to officials of the Victorian Electoral Commission for providing this information.)

Call to Australia: The Call to Australia party was associated with the New South Wales based Reverend Fred Nile, and was formed in 1980 (for more information, see the notes to the 1988 Assembly election). The party fielded 8 candidates at this Assembly election in 1996.

Shooters Party: The Shooters Party first fielded candidates in 1993 at the federal Senate election in New South Wales to protest the limitations on access to guns that had followed from an agreement between state and federal governments. It subsequently contested elections in all states. At this election in 1996 the Party fielded only one candidate for the Assembly.

References: For a summary of this election and its context, see Ian Tulloch, 'Victoria', Political Chronicle, July 1995-June 1996, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 42 (3) August 1996: 415-419, at 417-418, and note Nicholas Economou and Brian Costar, 'The Electoral Contest and Coalition Dominance', pp 122-131, in Brian Costar and Nicholas Economou (editors), The Kennett Revolution: Victorian Politics in the 1990s, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1999, ISBN 0868405450).


For this Assembly election (1996), there is agreement between the three sources below (Hughes 2002, Green 1996 and Carr) on the totals of first preference votes for the established parties but only Green gives a list of votes for the smaller parties. The source for number of candidates and votes won by candidates for the Greens is shown in the note for 'Greens', above. Hughes adds a note to his entry for Independents that one or more of these candidates ran as members of the Socialist Workers League but no voting figures are provided and this group is not mentioned in the other sources.

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

Antony Green, 1996 Victoria State Election 30 March 1996: Summary of Results, Sydney, ABC Election Unit, 1998, online here [accessed 24 April 2018]

Adam Carr, 'Fifty-third Parliament Elected 30 October 1996', in 'Legislative Assembly Elections', Victorian Elections Since 1843, Psephos: Adam Carr's Election Archive, online here [accessed 24 April 2018].

Victorian Electoral Commission, Report to Parliament on the Administration of the 1996 Victorian State Election, Melbourne, 1996.