Queensland state election, 1977

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Queensland state election, 1977
Queensland
1974 ←
12 November 1977 (1977-11-12)
→ 1980

All 82 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
  JBPetersen.jpg
Leader Joh Bjelke-Petersen Tom Burns
Party National/Liberal coalition Labor
Leader since 8 August 1968 19 December 1974 (1974-12-19)
Leader's seat Barambah Lytton
Last election 69 seats 11 seats
Seats won 59 seats 23 seats
Seat change Decrease10 Increase12
Percentage 52.37% 42.83%
Swing Decrease5.14 Increase6.80

Premier before election

Joh Bjelke-Petersen
National/Liberal coalition

Elected Premier

Joh Bjelke-Petersen
National/Liberal coalition

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 12 November 1977 to elect the 82 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

The election resulted in a fourth consecutive victory for the National-Liberal Coalition under Joh Bjelke-Petersen. It was the eighth victory of the National Party in Queensland since it first came to office in 1957.

Issues[edit]

The major issue in the election was law and order. In 1977, the Government had passed a law making it illegal to march in the street without a permit, which were rarely given. The Coalition argued that this prevented traffic disruption and other inconveniences to the people of Brisbane, while the ALP claimed that it was a curtailment of civil liberties. Joh Bjelke-Petersen also no longer had the Whitlam Labor Government (which was unpopular in Queensland) to use as a campaigning tool.

Result[edit]

The Labor Party gained twelve seats from the Coalition and Independents, making something of a recovery from its disastrous 1974 performance. Even so, the Coalition retained a commanding majority in the Legislative Assembly.

For the first time, the National Party won more votes than the Liberal party (an electoral malaportionment had allowed the Nationals to win more seats than the Liberals previously). The Liberal Party had begun to decline.

The Democratic Labor Party had ceased to exist. The Australian Democrats contested their first election in Queensland.

Results[edit]

Queensland state election, 12 November 1977[1][2]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled Voters 1,209,494
Votes Cast 1,104,898 Turnout 91.35% +1.93%
Informal Votes 16,887 Informal 1.53% –0.05%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 466,021 42.83% +6.80% 23 +12
  National 295,355 27.15% –0.73% 35 – 4
  Liberal 274,398 25.22% –5.87% 24 – 6
  Democrats 17,571 1.61% +1.61% 0 ± 0
  Progress 16,327 1.50% +1.50% 0 ± 0
  Independent 18,339 1.69% –1.22% 0 – 2
Total 1,088,011     82  

New parties in this election were the Australian Democrats, who stood 12 candidates, and the Progress Party, who stood 27 candidates.[3]

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1977 Swing Post-1977
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Brisbane Central   Liberal notional - new seat 2.8 -8.2 5.4 Brian Davis Labor  
Chatsworth   Liberal Bill Hewitt 5.7 -6.8 1.1 Terry Mackenroth Labor  
Cook   National Eric Deeral 2.6 -6.5 3.9 Bob Scott Labor  
Everton   Liberal Brian Lindsay 9.2 -10.2 1.0 Glen Milliner Labor  
Ipswich West   National Albert Hales 1.1 -5.4 4.3 David Underwood Labor  
Maryborough   Liberal Gilbert Alison 5.0 -5.2 0.2 Brendan Hansen Labor  
Murrumba   National Des Frawley 9.7 -11.1 1.4 Joe Kruger Labor  
South Brisbane   Liberal Colin Lamont 4.1 -7.3 3.2 Jim Fouras Labor  
Southport   National notional - new seat 19.4 -29.2 9.8 Peter White Liberal  
Surfers Paradise   National Bruce Small 23.0 -28.7 5.7 Bruce Bishop Liberal  
Townsville South   Independent Tom Aikens 0.6 -1.6 1.0 Alex Wilson Labor  
Woodridge   Liberal notional - new seat 7.8 -11.9 4.1 Bill D'Arcy Labor  
Wynnum   National Bill Lamond 0.1 -4.2 4.1 Eric Shaw Labor  
  • Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
  • In addition, the Independent member for Mackay, Ed Casey re-joined the Labor party before the election and retained the seat.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 12 November 1977". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Colin A. (1986). A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1975-1984. ANU Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-08-033038-9. 
  3. ^ Cribb, M.N.B. (April 1978). "Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1977". Australian Journal of Politics and History 24 (1): 92. ISSN 0004-9522.