South Australian state election, 1973
State elections were held in South Australia on 10 March 1973. All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Australian Labor Party led by Premier of South Australia Don Dunstan won a second term in government, defeating the Liberal and Country League led by Leader of the Opposition Bruce Eastick.
|Australian Labor Party||324,135||51.52||-0.12||26||-1|
|Liberal and Country League||250,312||39.79||-3.97||20||0|
|Australian Labor Party||WIN||54.50||+1.20||26||-1|
|Liberal and Country League||45.50||-1.20||21||+1|
- The LCL and Labor both did not contest five seats each. The election was the last in South Australia where both major parties did not contest all lower house seats. The primary vote was counted on seats contested, while the two-party vote was estimated for all seats.
Parliamentary elections for both houses of the Parliament of South Australia were held in South Australia in 1973, which saw Don Dunstan and the Australian Labor Party win a second successive term, against the Liberal and Country League (LCL) led by Bruce Eastick.
It was only the second time that a Labor government in South Australia had been re-elected for a second term, the first being the early Thomas Price Labor government. It would be the first five-year-incumbent Labor government however.
Moderate Liberal Movement forces within the LCL broke away to form its own party led by Steele Hall after the election in 1973. The LCL became the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia a year after the election.
|LABOR SEATS (26)|
|Henley Beach||Glen Broomhill||ALP||10.2%|
|Mount Gambier||Allan Burdon||ALP||14.0%|
|Tea Tree Gully||Molly Byrne||ALP||14.1%|
|Ascot Park||Geoff Virgo||ALP||14.7%|
|Albert Park||Charles Harrison||ALP||21.7%|
|Pirie||Dave McKee||ALP||23.9% v IND|
|Ross Smith||Joe Jennings||ALP||30.3% v IND|
|Stuart||Gavin Keneally||ALP||31.2% v IND|
|Spence||Ernie Crimes||ALP||31.9% v IND|
|Salisbury||Reg Groth||ALP||34.0% v IND|
|LCL SEATS (20)|
|Rocky River||Howard Venning||LCL||0.2% v NAT|
|Mallee||Bill Nankivell||LCL||3.2% v NAT|
|Alexandra||Ted Chapman||LCL||8.2% v NAT|
|Goyder||David Boundy||LCL||10.3% v NAT|
|Victoria||Allan Rodda||LCL||14.1% v NAT|
|CROSSBENCH SEATS (1)|
|Flinders||Peter Blacker||NAT||4.9% v LCL|
Legislative Council Results
|1973 Legislative Council Result|
|Australian Labor Party||54.6%||2|
|Liberal and Country League||44.5%||8|
|1973-1975 Legislative Council|
|Liberal and Country League||16|
|Australian Labor Party||4|
- Results of the South Australian state election, 1973 (House of Assembly)
- Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 1973-1975
- Members of the South Australian Legislative Council, 1973-1975