South Australian state election, 1977

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South Australian state election, 1977
South Australia
1975 ←
17 September 1977 (1977-09-17) → 1979

All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
24 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Don Dunstan David Tonkin
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 1 June 1967 1975
Leader's seat Norwood Bragg
Last election 23 seats 20 seats
Seats won 27 seats 17 seats
Seat change Increase4 Decrease3
Percentage 53.4% 46.6%
Swing Increase4.2 Decrease4.2

Premier before election

Don Dunstan
Labor

Elected Premier

Don Dunstan
Labor

State elections were held in South Australia on 17 September 1977. 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 defeated the Liberal Party of Australia led by Leader of the Opposition David Tonkin.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 93.37% (CV) — Informal 2.71%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 383,831 51.64 +5.31 27 +4
  Liberal Party of Australia 306,356 41.21 +9.68 17 -3
  New LM-Australian Democrats 25,855 3.48 * 1 -1
  Nationals SA 11,855 1.59 -1.18 1 0
  Unendorsed Liberal 10,793 1.45 * 1 +1
  Independent 2,914 0.39 -0.51 0 -1
  Other 1,730 0.23 0 0
  Total 743,334     47
  Australian Labor Party WIN 53.40 +4.20 27 +3
  Liberal Party of Australia 46.60 -4.20 20 -3


Background[edit]

Parliamentary elections for the lower house of the Parliament of South Australia were held in South Australia in 1977, which saw Don Dunstan and the Australian Labor Party win a fourth successive term, against the Liberal Party of Australia opposition led by David Tonkin. This would be Dunstan's last election before collapsing in parliament and resigning due to ill health.

The Australian Democrats ran for the first time under a joint New LM-Australian Democrats ticket, winning an average 12.3 percent of the primary vote in the 12 electorates they contested, with former LCL MP Robin Millhouse retaining his seat of Mitcham, which he would hold until 1982.

A 1979 Norwood by-election was triggered as a result of Dunstan's resignation. Labor retained the seat on a considerably reduced majority.

Legislative Council Results[edit]

No upper house vote took place at this election.

1975-1979 Legislative Council (STV)
Party Seats
  Australian Labor Party 10
  Liberal Party of Australia 9
  New LM-Australian Democrats 2


Post-election pendulum[edit]

LABOR SEATS (27)
Marginal
Morphett Terry Groom ALP 0.3%
Fairly safe
Mawson Leslie Drury ALP 6.5%
Todd Molly Byrne ALP 6.5%
Brighton Hugh Hudson ALP 8.1%
Henley Beach Glen Broomhill ALP 9.3%
Newland John Klunder ALP 9.8%
Safe
Unley Gil Langley ALP 10.1%
Norwood Don Dunstan ALP 10.2%
Hartley Des Corcoran ALP 10.4%
Mitchell Ron Payne ALP 11.4%
Ascot Park Geoff Virgo ALP 12.5%
Gilles Jack Slater ALP 12.8%
Albert Park Charles Harrison ALP 14.1%
Playford Terry McRae ALP 15.1%
Adelaide Jack Wright ALP 16.2%
Baudin Don Hopgood ALP 16.7%
Florey Charles Wells ALP 17.0%
Peake Don Simmons ALP 17.4%
Price George Whitten ALP 19.4%
Salisbury Reg Groth ALP 19.5%
Napier Terry Hemmings ALP 21.0%
Ross Smith John Bannon ALP 22.2%
Semaphore John Olson ALP 22.2%
Elizabeth Peter Duncan ALP 22.4%
Whyalla Max Brown ALP 23.2%
Stuart Gavin Keneally ALP 23.9%
Spence Roy Abbott ALP 27.3%
LIBERAL SEATS (17)
Marginal
Coles Jennifer Adamson LIB 1.4%
Mount Gambier Harold Allison LIB 1.4%
Torrens Michael Wilson LIB 2.5%
Hanson Heini Becker LIB 5.4%
Eyre Graham Gunn LIB 5.9%
Fairly safe
Rocky River Howard Venning LIB 8.2%
Glenelg John Mathwin LIB 9.5%
Chaffey Peter Arnold LIB 9.6%
Murray David Wotton LIB 10.0%
Safe
Fisher Stan Evans LIB 10.4%
Light Bruce Eastick LIB 10.7%
Bragg David Tonkin LIB 15.3%
Victoria Allan Rodda LIB 15.3%
Kavel Roger Goldsworthy LIB 18.7%
Alexandra Ted Chapman LIB 19.8%
Mallee William Nankivell LIB 23.8%
Davenport Dean Brown LIB 24.2%
CROSSBENCH SEATS (3)
Mitcham Robin Millhouse DEM 6.5% v LIB
Goyder Keith Russack IND 7.9% v LIB
Flinders Peter Blacker NAT 24.2% v LIB


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