Tasmanian state election, 1979
Elections for the Tasmanian House of Assembly were held on 18 July 1979. The incumbent Labor Party, led by Doug Lowe, won a third term in office against the opposition Liberal Party, led by Max Bingham.
Background [ edit ]
Bill Neilson, leader of the Labor Party and Premier of Tasmania, had retired on 1 December 1977 and been replaced by Doug Lowe.
United Tasmania Group, which had contested the two previous elections, did not field any candidates for the 1979 election. Instead a new party, the Australian Democrats, founded by Don Chipp in 1977, emerged as the most significant minor party.
Results [ edit ]
The Labor Party won the election, increasing its majority in the House of Assembly from one seat to five.
Doug Lowe received the highest personal vote ever in the House of Assembly: 24,971 or 51.2% of the vote in the seat of Franklin. 
Tasmanian state election, 18 July 1979
House of Assembly
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Summary of votes by party
20 + 2
Distribution of Seats [ edit ]
Aftermath [ edit ]
Max Bingham resigned as opposition leader after losing his second election, and was replaced by Geoff Pearsall.
The election of three Labor MPs for Denison (
Julian Amos, John Devine and John Green) was ruled invalid, due to the enforcement of a previously ignored rule limiting campaign expenditure to $1,500. A by-election was arranged for Denison in February 1980. The placement of the Labor candidates on the ballot paper, which placed Deputy Premier Neil Batt fourth, was believed to have led to the introduction of the Robson Rotation method of randomising ballot ordering. 
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