South Australian state election, 1985
All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
24 seats were needed for a majority
11 (of the 22) seats in the South Australian Legislative Council
State elections were held in South Australia on 7 December 1985. 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 John Bannon increased its majority, and defeated the Liberal Party of Australia led by Leader of the Opposition John Olsen.
Parliamentary elections for both houses of the Parliament of South Australia were held in South Australia on 7 December 1985, which saw John Bannon and the Australian Labor Party win a second successive term, against the Liberal Party of Australia opposition led by John Olsen.
Labor won the election with an increased majority–at the time, the biggest majority it had held since the end of the Playmander, a record that would stand until 2006. The Liberal Party retained John Olsen as leader, partly because his main rival Dean Brown lost his seat to Independent Liberal Stan Evans. Evans rejoined the Liberal Party soon after the election.
In the South Australian Legislative Council, Labor won one seat from the Liberals, while the Democrats maintained their 2 seats. This shift gave the Australian Democrats sole balance of power. They would continue to hold it until the 1997 election.
House of Assembly
|Summary of votes by party|
|Independent Labor||18,641||2.28||*||2||+ 2|
|Independent Liberal||5,224||0.64||*||1||+ 1|
|Summary of votes by party|
|Call to Australia||24,666||3.03||+3.03||0||0|
|LABOR SEATS (27)|
|Henley Beach||Don Ferguson||ALP||7.3%|
|Albert Park||Kevin Hamilton||ALP||12.9%|
|Ross Smith||John Bannon||ALP||18.7%|
|Price||Murray De Laine||ALP||24.3%|
|LIBERAL SEATS (16)|
|Mount Gambier||Harold Allison||LIB||9.9%|
|CROSSBENCH SEATS (4)|
|Davenport||Stan Evans||IND||2.8% v LIB|
|Elizabeth||Martyn Evans||IND||4.0% v ALP|
|Semaphore||Norm Peterson||IND||7.3% v ALP|
|Flinders||Peter Blacker||NAT||8.3% v LIB|
- Candidates of the South Australian state election, 1985
- Results of the South Australian state election, 1985 (House of Assembly)
- Results of the South Australian state election, 1985 (Legislative Council)
- Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 1985-1989
- Members of the South Australian Legislative Council, 1985-1989
- "Details of SA 1985 Election". Australian Politics and Elections Database.
- "History of South Australian elections 1857-2006, volume 2 Legislative Council". ECSA. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- History of South Australian elections 1857-2006, volume 1: ECSA
- Historical lower house results
- Historical upper house results
- State and federal election results in Australia since 1890