December 1977 Australian Labor Party leadership election

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December 1977 Australian Labor Party
Leadership election

← May 1977 22 December 1977 1982 →
  Bill Hayden on 29.5.1990.jpg Lionel Bowen.jpg
Candidate Bill Hayden Lionel Bowen
Caucus vote 36 28
Percentage 56.25 43.75

Leader before election

Gough Whitlam

Elected Leader

Bill Hayden

A leadership election of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), then the opposition party in the Parliament of Australia, was held on 22 December 1977. Following the resignation of Gough Whitlam former Treasurer Bill Hayden was elected Labor's new leader winning 36 votes to 28 over Lionel Bowen who was then elected deputy leader.[1]



The following table gives the ballot results:

Name Votes Percentage
Bill Hayden 36 56.25
Lionel Bowen 28 43.75

Deputy leader[edit]

The following table gives the ballot results:

Candidate 1st ballot 2nd ballot 3rd ballot
Lionel Bowen 25 26 33
Tom Uren 22 26 29
Mick Young 10 11 Eliminated
Ralph Willis 7 Eliminated


  1. ^ Davidson, Gay (23 December 1977). "The Labor Leaders: Changes Mark a Swing to the Centre; Hayden Leader, Bowen deputy". The Canberra Times. p. 1.