Western Australian state election, 1983

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Western Australian state election, 1983
Western Australia
1980 ←
19 February 1983 (1983-02-19) → 1986

All 57 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and 18 (of the 34) seats to the Western Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Brian Burke Ray O'Connor Hendy Cowan
Party Labor Liberal/NCP coalition National
Leader since 18 September 1981 25 January 1982 1979
Leader's seat Balga Mount Lawley Merredin
Last election 23 seats 29 seats 3 seats
Seats won 32 seats 23 seats 2 seats
Seat change Increase9 Decrease6 Decrease1
Percentage 53.16% 43.30% 1.67%
Swing Increase7.21 Decrease4.75 Decrease1.29

Premier before election

Ray O'Connor
Liberal/NCP coalition

Elected Premier

Brian Burke
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 19 February 1983 to elect all 57 members to the Legislative Assembly and 18 members to the 34-seat Legislative Council.

The three-term Liberal-National Country coalition government, led by Premier Ray O'Connor since 25 January 1982 (after the retirement of Sir Charles Court) was defeated by the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader Brian Burke since 10 September 1981.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Western Australian state election, 19 February 1983
Legislative Assembly
<< 19801986 >>

Enrolled voters 744,986[1]
Votes cast 663,153 Turnout 87.93% +2.66%
Informal votes 18,799 Informal 2.83% –0.69%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 342,536 53.16% +7.21% 32 + 9
  Liberal 256,846 39.86% –3.89% 20 – 6
  National Country[2] 22,148 3.44% –0.86% 3 ± 0
  National[2] 10,767 1.67% –1.29% 2 – 1
  Democrats 5,178 0.80% –1.16% 0 ± 0
  Socialist 905 0.14% –0.12% 0 ± 0
  Other parties 5,974 0.93% +0.75% 0 ± 0
  Independent 3,229 0.50% –0.15% 0 ± 0
Total 644,354     57  
Two-party-preferred
  Labor 350,996 53.74% +4.71%
  Liberal/NCP 302,100 46.26% –4.71%

Notes:

1 754,226 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but one seat, Narrogin, held by the National Country Party's Peter Jones and representing 9,239 electors, was uncontested.
2 The National Country Party (NCP) and the National Party (NP) were two separate parties, the former in coalition with the Liberal Party, the latter an independent party which had split from the NCP on 10 August 1978.

Legislative Council[edit]

Western Australian state election, 19 February 1983[1]
Legislative Council

Enrolled voters 754,225
Votes cast 671,102 Turnout 88.98% +0.57%
Informal votes 24,962 Informal 3.72% –0.66%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats
won
Seats
held
  Labor 327,129 50.63% +5.85% 7 13
  Liberal 268,626 41.57% –5.93% 9 19
  National Country[2] 20,553 3.18% –0.64% 0 0
  National[2] 20,336 3.15% –0.28% 1 1
  Democrats 9,356 1.45% +1.45% 0 0
  Other parties 0 0.00% –0.47% 0 0
Total 646,140     17 34
Two-party-preferred
  Labor 341,236 52.81% +5.17%
  Liberal/NCP 304,904 47.19% –5.17%

Post-election pendulum[edit]

LABOR SEATS (32)
Marginal
Mundaring Gavan Troy ALP 0.1%
Mandurah John Read ALP 0.3%
Bunbury Philip Smith ALP 2.7%
Scarborough Graham Burkett ALP 5.7%
Fairly safe
Joondalup Jackie Watkins ALP 6.7%
Mitchell David Smith ALP 6.9%
Whitford Pam Beggs ALP 7.7%
Esperance-Dundas Julian Grill ALP 8.3%
Avon Ken McIver ALP 8.4%
Safe
Nollamara Keith Wilson ALP 11.3%
Balcatta Ron Bertram ALP 13.0%
Gosnells Yvonne Henderson ALP 13.1%
Geraldton Jeff Carr ALP 13.1%
Warren David Evans ALP 13.4%
Armadale Bob Pearce ALP 13.6%
Helena Gordon Hill ALP 13.7%
Welshpool Colin Jamieson ALP 14.8%
Maylands John Harman ALP 14.9%
Canning Tom Bateman ALP 15.6%
Collie Tom Jones ALP 15.6%
Kimberley Ernie Bridge ALP 15.9%
Victoria Park Ron Davies ALP 17.1%
Pilbara Pam Buchanan ALP 17.5%
Perth Terry Burke ALP 17.8%
Fremantle David Parker ALP 19.1%
Rockingham Mike Barnett ALP 19.7%
Ascot Mal Bryce ALP 19.9%
Morley-Swan Arthur Tonkin ALP 20.9%
Melville Barry Hodge ALP 21.2%
Kalgoorlie Ian Taylor ALP 24.1%
Cockburn Alexander Taylor ALP 28.6%
Balga Brian Burke ALP 29.0%
LIBERAL/NCP SEATS (23)
Marginal
Dale Cyril Rushton LIB 0.06%
Murchison-Eyre Peter Coyne LIB 1.3%
Subiaco Tom Dadour LIB 1.6%
Albany Leo Watt LIB 2.3%
Mount Lawley Ray O'Connor LIB 3.4%
Murdoch Barry MacKinnon LIB 4.0%
Clontarf Rex Williams LIB 4.2%
South Perth Bill Grayden LIB 4.5%
Mount Marshall Bill McNee LIB 5.7% v NAT
Karrinyup Jim Clarko LIB 5.9%
Fairly safe
Cottesloe Bill Hassell LIB 6.3%
Darling Range George Spriggs LIB 6.6%
Murray-Wellington John Bradshaw LIB 8.2%
East Melville Antony Trethowan LIB 8.9%
Floreat Andrew Mensaros LIB 9.6%
Safe
Kalamunda Ian Thompson LIB 10.1%
Gascoyne Ian Laurance LIB 11.8%
Moore Bert Crane NCP 13.3% v LIB
Nedlands Richard Court LIB 14.1%
Vasse Barry Blaikie LIB 14.2%
Greenough Reg Tubby LIB 21.2%
Katanning-Roe Dick Old NCP 32.1%
Narrogin Peter Jones NCP Unopp
NATIONAL SEATS (2)
Stirling Matt Stephens NAT 6.1% v LIB
Merredin Hendy Cowan NAT 15.0% v NCP


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