Tasmanian state election, 1976

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Tasmanian state election, 1976
Tasmania
1972 ←
11 December 1976
→ 1979

All 35 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Bill Neilson.jpg
Leader Bill Neilson Max Bingham
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 31 March 1975 4 May 1972
Leader's seat Franklin Denison
Last election 21 seats 14 seats
Seats won 18 seats 17 seats
Seat change Decrease3 Increase3
Percentage 52.48% 44.49%
Swing Decrease2.45 Increase6.12

Premier before election

Bill Neilson
Labor

Elected Premier

Bill Neilson
Labor

Elections for the Tasmanian House of Assembly were held on 11 December 1976. The incumbent Labor Party, led by Bill Neilson, won a second term against the opposition Liberal Party, led by Max Bingham.

Background[edit]

Labor had won the 1972 election, by a landslide margin of 7 seats, with Labor leader Eric Reece elected as Premier of Tasmania for the second time. Reece retired from Parliament on 31 March 1975, after the ALP introduced a mandatory retirement age of 65. Liberal Party leader Angus Bethune retired three months later, and was replaced by Max Bingham.

Results[edit]

Labor won the election, although their majority was reduced to one seat.

Tasmanian state election, 11 December 1976
House of Assembly
<< 19721979 >>

Enrolled Voters 258,550
Votes Cast 244,424 Turnout 94.54 –0.37
Informal Votes 9,294 Informal 3.80 +0.14
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 123,386 52.48 –2.45 18 – 3
  Liberal 104,613 44.49 +6.12 17 + 3
  United Tasmania Group 5,183 2.20 –1.70 0 ± 0
  Workers Party 524 0.22 +0.22 0 ± 0
  Independent 1,424 0.61 –2.19 0 ± 0
Total 235,130     35  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won
Bass              
Braddon              
Denison              
Franklin              
Wilmot              
  Labor
  Liberal

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