Western Australian state election, 1968

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Western Australian state election, 1968
Western Australia
1965 ←
23 March 1968 (1968-03-23)
→ 1971

All 51 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and 15 (of the 30) seats to the Western Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party
 
Leader David Brand John Tonkin
Party Liberal/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 1 March 1957 1 January 1967
Leader's seat Greenough Melville
Last election 29 seats 21 seats
Seats won 28 seats 23 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Increase2
Percentage 49.25% 45.35%
Swing Decrease4.16 Increase2.71

Premier before election

David Brand
Liberal/Country coalition

Elected Premier

David Brand
Liberal/Country coalition

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 23 March 1968 to elect all 51 members to the Legislative Assembly and 15 members to the 30-seat Legislative Council. The Liberal-Country coalition government, led by Premier Sir David Brand, won a record fourth term in office against the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader John Tonkin.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Western Australian state election, 23 March 1968
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled Voters 359,790[1]
Votes Cast 331,325 Turnout 92.09% –0.24%
Informal Votes 10,255 Informal 3.10% –0.01%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 145,605 45.35% +2.71% 23 + 2
  Liberal 141,271 44.00% –4.54% 19 – 2
  Country 16,879 5.25% +0.38% 9 + 1
  Democratic Labor 10,456 3.26% +2.32% 0 ± 0
  Democratic 2,216 0.69% +0.69% 0 ± 0
  Communist 1,694 0.53% +0.44% 0 ± 0
  Independent 2,949 0.92% –1.98% 0 ± 0
Total 321,070     51  
1 449,122 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 14 seats (27.45% of the total) were uncontested—five Liberal seats representing 32,810 enrolled voters, five Country seats representing 29,746 enrolled voters, and four Labor seats representing 26,776 enrolled voters.

Legislative Council[edit]

Western Australian state election, 23 March 1968
Legislative Council

Enrolled Voters 208,417[1]
Votes Cast 192,342 Turnout 92.29% +0.15%
Informal Votes 8,631 Informal 4.49% +0.22%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 85,674 46.64% 6 10
  Liberal 67,977 37.00% 8 12
  Country 21,228 11.56% 5 8
  Democratic Labor 4,502 2.45% 0 0
  Independent 4,330 2.36% 0 0
Total 183,711     15 30
1 449,122 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 9 seats (60% of the total) were uncontested—three Liberal seats representing 99,137 enrolled voters, three Country seats representing 53,847 enrolled voters, and three Labor seats representing 86,198 enrolled voters.

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