Tasmanian state election, 1998

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Tasmanian state election, 1998
Tasmania
1996 ←
29 August 1998 → 2002

All 25 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Jim Bacon Tony Rundle Christine Milne
Party Labor Liberal Greens
Leader since 14 April 1997 18 March 1996 1993
Leader's seat Denison Braddon Lyons (lost seat)
Last election 14 seats 16 seats 4 seats
Seats won 14 seats 10 seats 1 seats
Seat change Steady0 Decrease6 Decrease3
Percentage 44.79% 38.06% 10.18%
Swing Increase4.32 Decrease3.14 Decrease0.96

Premier before election

Tony Rundle
Liberal

Elected Premier

Jim Bacon
Labor

Elections for the Tasmanian House of Assembly were held on Saturday 29 August 1998. This was the first election held after the size of the house was reduced from 35 to 25 members. The quota required for election increased from 12.5% to 16.7%.

This election saw the end of 2 years of minority government, bringing a majority Labor Party into power headed by Jim Bacon. At the time of the election the Greens held the balance of power, supporting the Liberal Party headed by Tony Rundle.

The Greens representation was reduced from 4 members to just one member - Peg Putt - in Denison. Labor retained all their seats despite the reduction in numbers. The Liberals lost six of their seats.

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 29 August 1998
House of Assembly
<< 19962002 >>

Enrolled Voters 322,754
Votes Cast 306,655 Turnout 95.01 –0.97
Informal Votes 11,977 Informal 3.91 –1.49
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 131,981 44.79 +4.32 14 ± 0
  Liberal 112,146 38.06 –3.14 10 – 6
  Greens 30,008 10.18 –0.96 1 – 3
  Tasmania First 15,017 5.10 +5.10 0 ± 0
  Democrats 2,627 0.89 +0.15 0 ± 0
  Democratic Socialist 102 0.03 +0.03 0 ± 0
  Independent 2,797 0.95 –2.54 0 – 1
  Others –2.96 0 ± 0
Total 294,678     25  

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