South Australian state election, 1985

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South Australian state election, 1985

← 1982 7 December 1985 (1985-12-07) 1989 →

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

  First party Second party
  John Charles Bannon 1943-2015.jpg John Olsen (1).jpg
Leader John Bannon John Olsen
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 18 September 1979 10 November 1982
Leader's seat Ross Smith Custance
Seats before 23 seats 21 seats
Seats won 27 seats 16 seats
Seat change Increase4 Decrease5
Percentage 53.2% 46.8%
Swing Increase2.2 Decrease2.2

Premier before election

John Bannon
Labor

Elected Premier

John Bannon
Labor

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.

Background[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

House of Assembly[edit]

South Australian state election, 7 December 1985[1]
House of Assembly
<< 19821989 >>

Enrolled voters 905,507
Votes cast 846,289 Turnout 93.46 +0.28
Informal votes 29,401 Informal 3.47 –2.31
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 393,652 48.19 +1.91 27 + 3
  Liberal 344,337 42.15 –0.52 16 – 5
  Democrats 34,732 4.25 –2.87 0 ± 0
  National 14,056 1.72 –0.60 1 ± 0
  Independent Labor 18,641 2.28 * 2 + 2
  Independent 5,368 0.66 –0.94 0 – 1
  Independent Liberal 5,224 0.64 * 1 + 1
  Other 878 0.11 * 0 ± 0
Total 816,888     47  
Two-party-preferred
  Labor 434,325 53.17 +2.23
  Liberal 382,563 46.83 –2.23

Legislative Council[edit]

South Australian state election, 7 December 1985[2]
Legislative Council
<< 19821989 >>

Enrolled voters 905,507
Votes cast 846,250 Turnout 93.46 +0.67
Informal votes 31,312 Informal 3.70 –6.37
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats
won
Seats
held
  Labor 391,076 47.99 +0.40 5 10
  Liberal 320,055 39.27 –2.15 5 10
  Democrats 44,988 5.52 –0.04 1 2
  Call to Australia 24,666 3.03 +3.03 0 0
  National 13,276 1.63 –0.37 0 0
  Nuclear Disarmament 12,098 1.48 +1.48 0 0
  Other 8,779 1.08 * 0 0
Total 814,938     11 22

Post-election Pendulum[edit]

LABOR SEATS (27)
Marginal
Adelaide Michael Duigan ALP 0.6%
Fisher Philip Tyler ALP 1.1%
Newland Di Gayler ALP 1.5%
Bright Derek Robertson ALP 1.6%
Hayward June Appleby ALP 2.8%
Unley Kym Mayes ALP 5.0%
Todd John Klunder ALP 5.9%
Fairly safe
Norwood Greg Crafter ALP 6.3%
Henley Beach Don Ferguson ALP 7.3%
Florey Susan Lenehan ALP 8.2%
Safe
Walsh John Trainer ALP 10.7%
Hartley Terry Groom ALP 12.5%
Albert Park Kevin Hamilton ALP 12.9%
Mitchell Ron Payne ALP 13.5%
Baudin Don Hopgood ALP 13.7%
Gilles Jack Slater ALP 14.2%
Peake Keith Plunkett ALP 15.7%
Mawson Susan Lenehan ALP 16.1%
Whyalla Frank Blevins ALP 17.0%
Briggs Mike Rann ALP 17.4%
Spence Roy Abbott ALP 18.4%
Ross Smith John Bannon ALP 18.7%
Playford Terry McRae ALP 19.4%
Stuart Gavin Keneally ALP 22.0%
Napier Terry Hemmings ALP 23.5%
Ramsay Lynn Arnold ALP 24.2%
Price Murray De Laine ALP 24.3%
LIBERAL SEATS (16)
Marginal
Hanson Heini Becker LIB 0.9%
Morphett John Oswald LIB 4.7%
Fairly safe
Mitcham Stephen Baker LIB 8.3%
Coles Jennifer Adamson LIB 8.4%
Heysen David Wotton LIB 8.8%
Light Bruce Eastick LIB 9.3%
Mount Gambier Harold Allison LIB 9.9%
Safe
Kavel Stephen Baker LIB 11.0%
Goyder John Meier LIB 12.4%
Alexandra Ted Chapman LIB 15.2%
Eyre Graham Gunn LIB 15.8%
Chaffey Peter Arnold LIB 16.3%
Custance John Olsen LIB 16.3%
Bragg Graham Ingerson LIB 17.5%
Victoria Dale Baker LIB 18.3%
Murray-Mallee Peter Lewis LIB 18.6%
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Details of SA 1985 Election". Australian Politics and Elections Database. 
  2. ^ "History of South Australian elections 1857-2006, volume 2 Legislative Council". ECSA. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 

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