Tasmanian state election, 1969

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Tasmanian state election, 1969
Tasmania
1964 ←
10 May 1969 → 1972

All 35 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
  Angus Bethune.jpg Eric Reece.jpg Kevin Lyons.jpg
Leader Angus Bethune Eric Reece Kevin Lyons
Party Liberal Labor Centre Party
Leader since 19 March 1960 26 August 1958 7 September 1966
Leader's seat Wilmot Braddon Braddon
Last election 16 seats 19 seats 0 seats
Seats won 17 seats 17 seats 1 seats
Seat change Increase1 Decrease2 Increase1
Percentage 43.98% 47.68% 4.31%
Swing Increase5.49 Decrease3.64 Decrease0.94

Premier before election

Eric Reece
Labor

Resulting Premier

Angus Bethune
Liberal

A general election for the Tasmanian House of Assembly was held on 10 May 1969. The incumbent Labor Party, which had been in power continuously since 1934, was led by Eric Reece, who had been premier of Tasmania since 1958. The opposition Liberal Party was led by Angus Bethune.

The election resulted in a hung parliament, with the Labor and Liberal parties on 17 seats each (out of 35). The balance of power was held by Kevin Lyons, a former Liberal who had quit the party in 1966 after a dispute over preselection and formed the Centre Party. Lyons offered to form a coalition government with the Liberal Party, and Angus Bethune agreed, appointing Lyons as Deputy Premier--thus consigning Labor to opposition for the first time in 35 years.

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 10 May 1969
House of Assembly
<< 19641972 >>

Enrolled voters 210,268
Votes cast 198,571 Turnout 94.44 –0.99
Informal votes 9,248 Informal 4.66 +0.34
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 90,278 47.68 –3.64 17 – 2
  Liberal 67,971 43.98 +5.49 17 + 1
  Centre Party[1] 8,160 4.31 –0.94 1 + 1
  Labor (Anti-Communist) 3,258 1.72 –0.07 0 ± 0
  Independent 4,366 2.31 –0.79 0 ± 0
Total 189,323     35  
1 The Centre Party was composed out of the former Country Party organisation in Tasmania, and was supported by federal Country MHRs.

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won
Bass              
Braddon              
Denison              
Franklin              
Wilmot              
  Labor
  Liberal
  Centre

Aftermath[edit]

The Liberal-Centre coalition lasted for one term, with Lyons dissolving the partnership in 1972. The resulting instability triggered an election, which was easily won by Eric Reece and the Labor Party.

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