Queensland state election, 1969

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Queensland state election, 1969
Queensland
1966 ←
17 May 1969 (1969-05-17) → 1972

All 78 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
  JBPetersen.jpg
Leader Joh Bjelke-Petersen Jack Houston
Party Country/Liberal coalition Labor
Leader since 8 August 1968 12 October 1966 (1966-10-12)
Leader's seat Barambah Bulimba
Last election 47 seats 26 seats
Seats won 45 seats 31 seats
Seat change Decrease2 Increase5
Percentage 44.70% 44.99%
Swing Decrease0.08 Increase1.15

Premier before election

Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Country/Liberal coalition

Elected Premier

Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Country/Liberal coalition

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 17 May 1969[1] to elect the 78 members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

The Country-Liberal Coalition won its fifth consecutive victory since it won government in 1957. It was also the Coalition's first victory under new leader Joh Bjelke-Petersen after the brief premierships of Gordon Chalk and Jack Pizzey, who in turn had succeeded Frank Nicklin when he had retired the previous year.

The election campaign was characterised by tension between the governing coalition partners.

Results[edit]

The election resulted in another win for the Coalition, but a strengthening of the Country Party's position vis-a-vis the Liberal Party. Labor gained back two seats held by ex-Labor ministers who had defected in the 1957 split when both retired, and gained one seat off each of the coalition partners; however, the Country party gained the seat of Burdekin following the conservative independent incumbent's retirement. Labor retained Isis, which it had gained unexpectedly at a November 1968 by-election from the Country Party following Premier Jack Pizzey's death.

Queensland state election, 17 May 1969
Legislative Assembly
<< 19661972 >>

Enrolled voters 945,583
Votes cast 867,743 Turnout 91.77% -1.50%
Informal votes 15,566 Informal 1.79% +0.16%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 383,388 44.99% +1.15% 31 + 4
  Liberal 201,765 23.68% -1.81% 19 – 1
  Country 179,125 21.02% +1.73% 26 ± 0
  Democratic Labor 61,661 7.24% +0.99% 1 ± 0
  Independent 24,268 2.85% -1.91% 2 – 3
Total 852,177     78  

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