Tasmanian state election, 1982 was held on 15 May 1982 in the Australian state of Tasmania to elect 35 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The election used the Hare-Clark proportional representation system — seven members were elected from each of five electorates. The quota required for election was 12.5% in each division. 
Labor Party, in power since 1972 and led by Premier Harry Holgate, was defeated by the opposition Liberal Party, led by Robin Gray.
Franklin Dam was a major issue around the time of the election.
Australian Democrats contested all electorates. Independent Green candidates contested the electorate of Denison only.
Results [ edit ]
The Liberal Party won a comfortable majority. Not only was this only the second time in 48 years that Labor had been out of office in Tasmania, but it was the first time in 51 years that the main non-Labor party in Tasmania had won an outright majority at an election. The Democrats'
Norm Sanders retained his seat, which had originally been won at the Denison state by-election in 1980. Former Labor premier Doug Lowe also retained his seat as an independent.
Tasmanian state election, 15 May 1982
House of Assembly
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Summary of votes by party
19 + 4
The Independent Labor label refers to the separate campaigns by former Premier 1 Doug Lowe and Labor MHA Mary Willey.
The Green vote referred to here is 2 Bob Brown's campaign in the seat of Denison, where he attained 8.6% of the vote.
Distribution of Seats [ edit ]
Aftermath [ edit ]
Norm Sanders resigned in late 1982 and independent Green Bob Brown was elected as his replacement after a recount of votes.
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