Tasmanian state election, 1982

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Tasmanian state election, 1982
Tasmania
1979 ←
15 May 1982
→ 1986

All 35 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
 
Leader Robin Gray Harry Holgate
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since 11 November 1981 11 November 1981
Leader's seat Wilmot Bass
Last election 15 seats 20 seats
Seats won 19 seats 14 seats
Seat change Increase4 Decrease6
Percentage 48.52% 36.86%
Swing Increase7.21 Decrease17.46

Premier before election

Harry Holgate
Labor

Elected Premier

Robin Gray
Liberal

Elections for the Tasmanian House of Assembly were held on the 15 May 1982. The incumbent Labor Party, in power since 1972 and led by Premier Harry Holgate, was defeated by the opposition Liberal Party, led by Robin Gray.

The proposed Franklin Dam was a major issue around the time of the election.

The Australian Democrats contested all electorates. Independent Green candidates contested the electorate of Denison only.

Results[edit]

The Liberal Party won a comfortable majority. The Democrats' Norm Sanders retained his seat, which had originally been won at the Denison state by-election in 1980. Former Labor premier Doug Lowe also retained his seat as an independent.

Tasmanian state election, 15 May 1982
House of Assembly
<< 19791986 >>

Enrolled Voters 283,549
Votes Cast 265,101 Turnout 93.49 –0.27
Informal Votes 15,055 Informal 5.66% +1.81%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 121,346 48.52 +7.21 19 + 4
  Labor 92,184 36.86 –17.46 14 – 6
  Democrats 13,476 5.39 +2.52 1 + 1
  Ind. Labor 12,432 4.97 +4.97 1 + 1
  Ind. Green[1] 4,273 1.71 +1.71 0 ± 0
  Independent 6,385 2.55 +1.05 0 ± 0
Total 250,096     35  
1 The Independent Labor label refers to the separate campaigns by former Premier Doug Lowe and Labor MHA Mary Willey.
2 The Green vote referred to here is Bob Brown's campaign in the seat of Denison, where he attained 8.6% of the vote.

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won
Bass              
Braddon              
Denison              
Franklin              
Wilmot              
  Labor
  Liberal
  Democrats
  Independent

Aftermath[edit]

Democrat Norm Sanders resigned in late 1982 and independent Green Bob Brown was elected as his replacement after a recount of votes.

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