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


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