Victorian state election, 1979

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Victorian state election, 1979
Victoria (Australia)
1976 ←
5 May 1979 (1979-05-05)
→ 1982

All 81 seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly
and 22 (of the 44) seats in the Victorian Legislative Council
  First party Second party
 
Leader Rupert Hamer Frank Wilkes
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since 23 August 1972 29 June 1977
Leader's seat Kew Northcote
Last election 52 seats 21 seats
Seats won 41 seats 32 seats
Seat change Decrease 11 Increase 11
Percentage 41.44% 45.23%
Swing Decrease 4.44 Increase 2.80

Premier before election

Rupert Hamer
Liberal

Elected Premier

Rupert Hamer
Liberal

Elections were held in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday 5 May 1979 to elect the 81 members of the state's Legislative Assembly and 22 members of the 44-member Legislative Council.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Victorian state election, 5 May 1979[1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19761982 >>

Enrolled Voters 2,350,407
Votes Cast 2,193,037 Turnout 93.30 0.62
Informal Votes 66,016 Informal 3.01 0.47
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 962,123 45.23 +2.80 32 +11
  Liberal 881,366 41.44 -4.44 41 -11
  National 119,385 5.61 -1.46 8 +1
  Democrats 114,053 5.36 * 0 ±0
  Independent 30,102 1.42 -0.31 0 -1
  Democratic Labor 10,907 0.51 -2.06 0 ±0
  Other 9,085 0.43 +0.11 0 ±0
Total 2,127,021     81  
Two-Party Preferred
  Liberal 1,073,415 50.5 –5.3
  Labor 1,053,606 49.5 +5.3

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1979 Swing Post-1979
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Bentleigh   Liberal Bob Suggett 9.3 -9.5 0.2 Gordon Hockley Labor  
Coburg   Independent Jack Mutton 5.4 -6.6 1.2 Peter Gavin Labor  
Essendon   Liberal Kenneth Wheeler 0.1 -1.6 1.5 Barry Rowe Labor  
Geelong East   Liberal Phil Gude 1.5 -3.2 1.7 Graham Ernst Labor  
Glenhuntly   Liberal Joe Rafferty 8.1 -9.7 1.6 Gerard Vaughan Labor  
Heatherton   Liberal Llew Reese 5.4 -6.4 1.0 Peter Spyker Labor  
Lowan   Liberal Jim McCabe 11.7 -12.2 0.5 Bill McGrath National  
Oakleigh   Liberal Alan Scanlan 1.3 -3.0 1.7 Race Mathews Labor  
Prahran   Liberal Sam Loxton 5.7 -6.6 0.9 Bob Miller Labor  
Springvale   Liberal Norman Billing 4.4 -5.1 0.7 Kevin King Labor  
Werribee   Liberal Neville Hudson 0.1 -8.2 8.1 Ken Coghill Labor  
  • Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
  • In addition, Labor retained the seat of Greensborough, which it had won from the Liberals in a by-election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election held on 5 May 1979, Australian Politics and Elections Database (University of Western Australia).