Western Australian state election, 1986

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Western Australian state election, 1986
Western Australia
1983 ←
8 February 1986 (1986-02-08) → 1989

All 57 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and 17 (of the 34) seats to the Western Australian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Brian Burke Bill Hassell Hendy Cowan
Party Labor Liberal National
Leader since 18 September 1981 15 February 1984 1979
Leader's seat Balga Cottesloe Merredin
Last election 32 seats 20 seats 5 seats
Seats won 32 seats 19 seats 6 seats
Seat change Steady0 Decrease1 Increase1
Percentage 53.00% 41.32% 3.71%
Swing Decrease0.16 Increase1.46 Decrease1.40

Premier before election

Brian Burke
Labor

Elected Premier

Brian Burke
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 8 February 1986 to elect all 57 members to the Legislative Assembly and 17 members to the 34-seat Legislative Council. The Labor government, led by Premier Brian Burke, won a second term in office against the Liberal Party, led by Opposition Leader Bill Hassell since 16 February 1984.

The election resulted in Labor's best election result after World War II, and featured a united National Party for the first time since the 1977 election.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Western Australian state election, 8 February 1986
Legislative Assembly
<< 19831989 >>

Enrolled Voters 883,239
Votes Cast 807,634 Turnout 91.44% +3.51%
Informal Votes 21,240 Informal 2.63% –0.20%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 416,805 53.00% –0.16% 32 ± 0
  Liberal 324,961 41.32% +1.46% 19 – 1
  National[1] 29,156 3.71% –1.40% 6 + 1
  Democrats 5,192 0.66% –0.14% 0 ± 0
  Other parties 2,630 0.33% –0.73% 0 ± 0
  Independent 7,650 0.98% +0.48% 0 ± 0
Total 786,394     57  
Two-Party Preferred
  Labor 427,704 54.12% +0.37%
  Liberal 362,642 45.88% –0.37%

Notes:

1 The National Country Party (NCP) and the National Party (NP), which had been two separate parties from 1978 onwards, united in 1985 to form the National Party of Western Australia. Three sitting members who had previously identified as National Country Party stood for the Liberal Party in 1986, with two losing their seats to the Nationals, and the other (Bert Crane in Moore) retaining his seat. The Nationals also gained Avon from the Labor Party, and Mount Marshall from the Liberals, who had held it for a single term.

Legislative Council[edit]

Western Australian state election, 8 February 1986
Legislative Council

Enrolled Voters 883,239
Votes Cast 807,496 Turnout 91.42% +2.44%
Informal Votes 26,530 Informal 3.29% –0.43%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats
won
Seats
held
  Labor 352,437 45.13% –5.50% 9 15
  Liberal 327,786 41.97% +0.40% 6 15
  WA Nationals 37,194 4.76% –1.59% 2 4
  Democrats 63,483 8.13% +6.68% 0 0
  Independent 66 0.01% +0.01% 0 0
Total 780,966     17 34
Two-Party Preferred
  Labor 418,124 53.54% +0.57%
  Liberal 361,160 46.25% –0.57%

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