Lowe by-election, 1982

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A by-election was held for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Lowe on 13 March 1982. This was triggered by the resignation of former Liberal Party Prime Minister and MP William McMahon.

The by-election was won by Labor Party candidate Michael Maher.

The election occurred during the Franklin Dam controversy in Tasmania, which had broad national support; 12% of voters wrote 'No Dams' on their ballot papers [1]

Results[edit]

Lowe by-election, 1982[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Michael Maher 32,717 53.4 +7.0
Liberal Philip Taylor 23,637 38.6 -10.1
Democrats Stephen Kirkham 2,495 4.1 +1.1
Independent Maddalena Gustin 729 1.2 +1.2
Independent Katherine Wentworth 462 0.8 +0.8
Independent Charles Bellchambers 460 0.8 +0.8
Republican Peter Consandine 405 0.7 +0.7
Independent Maggie Lee 144 0.2 +0.2
Independent Robert Cameron 116 0.2 +0.2
Independent John Penninger 56 0.1 +0.1
Independent Frederick Martin 49 0.1 +0.1
Independent Robert Webeck 27 0.0 +0.0
Total formal votes 61,297 96.7 -0.4
Informal votes 2,091 3.3 +0.4
Turnout 63,388 89.1 -3.6
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +9.4

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Buckman, Greg (2008). Tasmania's Wilderness Battles. Allen&Unwin. p. 48. ISBN 9781741754643. 
  2. ^ "By-Elections 1980-1983". Psephos.