South Australian state election, 1973

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South Australian state election, 1973
South Australia
1970 ←
10 March 1973 (1973-03-10) → 1975

All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
24 seats were needed for a majority
10 (of the 20) seats of the South Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party
 
Leader Don Dunstan Bruce Eastick
Party Labor Liberal and Country League
Leader since 1 June 1967 1972
Leader's seat Norwood Light
Last election 27 seats 20 seats
Seats won 26 seats 20 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Steady0
Percentage 54.5% 45.5%
Swing Increase1.2 Decrease1.2

Premier before election

Don Dunstan
Labor

Elected Premier

Don Dunstan
Labor

State elections were held in South Australia on 10 March 1973. All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Australian Labor Party led by Premier of South Australia Don Dunstan won a second term in government, defeating the Liberal and Country League led by Leader of the Opposition Bruce Eastick.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 94.20% (CV) — Informal 4.08%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 324,135 51.52 -0.12 26 -1
  Liberal and Country League 250,312 39.79 -3.97 20 0
  Nationals SA 24,810 3.94 +2.05 1 +1
  Independent 27,178 4.32 +2.86 0 0
  Other 2,708 0.43 -0.81 0 0
  Total 629,143     47
  Australian Labor Party WIN 54.50 +1.20 26 -1
  Liberal and Country League 45.50 -1.20 21 +1

Background[edit]

Parliamentary elections for both houses of the Parliament of South Australia were held in South Australia in 1973, which saw Don Dunstan and the Australian Labor Party win a second successive term, against the Liberal and Country League (LCL) led by Bruce Eastick.

Moderate Liberal Movement forces within the LCL broke away to form its own party led by Steele Hall after the election in 1973. The LCL became the South Australian division of the Liberal Party of Australia in 1974.

A 1973 Semaphore by-election and a 1974 Goyder by-election were triggered. Labor and the Liberal Movement easily retained their respective seats.

Legislative Council Results[edit]

1973 Legislative Council Result
Party Seats
  Australian Labor Party 54.6% 2
  Liberal and Country League 44.5% 8
  Independents/Other 0.9%
1973-1975 Legislative Council
Party Seats
  Liberal and Country League 16
  Australian Labor Party 4


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