Queensland state election, 1972

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Queensland state election, 1972
Queensland
1969 ←
27 May 1972 (1972-05-27) → 1974

All 82 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 45 seats 31 seats
Seats won 47 seats 33 seats
Seat change Increase2 Increase2
Percentage 42.23% 46.75%
Swing Decrease2.47 Increase1.76

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 27 May 1972[1] to elect the 82 members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

The Country-Liberal Coalition won its sixth consecutive victory since it won government in 1957 and also its second victory under Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Results[edit]

Queensland state election, 27 May 1972
Legislative Assembly
<< 19691974 >>

Enrolled voters 997,489
Votes cast 921,763 Turnout 92.41% +0.64%
Informal votes 15,566 Informal 1.61% -0.18%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 424,002 46.75% +1.76% 33 + 2
  Liberal 201,596 22.23% -1.45% 21 + 2
  Country 181,404 20.00% -1.02% 26 ± 0
  Democratic Labor 69,757 7.69% +0.46% 0 - 1
  Independent 30,187 3.33% +0.48% 2 + 1
Total 906,946     82  

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1972 Swing Post-1972
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Albert   Liberal Bill Heatley* 0.5 -4.6 4.1 Bill D'Arcy Labor  
Ipswich   Labor notional - new seat 4.5 -5.7 1.2 Llewellyn Edwards Liberal  
Mackay   Labor Ed Casey 6.7 -20.1 13.4 Ed Casey Independent  
  • ¶ Results for Albert based on 1970 by-election
  • Bill Heatley died in October 1971, but no by-election was called due to the proximity of the 1972 election.
  • In addition, the Liberal Party retained Maryborough, which was won from Labor at the 1971 by-election.

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