Tasmanian state election, 1986

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Tasmanian state election, 1986
1982 ←
8 February 1986 → 1989

All 35 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Robin Gray Ken Wriedt Bob Brown
Party Liberal Labor Ind. Green
Leader since 11 November 1981 27 May 1982 1983
Leader's seat Lyons Franklin Denison
Last election 19 seats 14 seats 0 seats
Seats won 19 seats 14 seats 2 seats
Seat change Steady0 Steady0 Increase1
Percentage 54.2% 35.14% 5.55%
Swing Increase5.68 Decrease1.72 Increase3.84

Premier before election

Robin Gray

Elected Premier

Robin Gray

Elections for the Tasmanian House of Assembly were held on the 8 February 1986. The incumbent Liberal government headed by Robin Gray hoped to secure a second term in office.

Prior to the election the Liberals held 18 of the 35 seats in parliament. The Labor Party held 14, and there were three independents—former Labor Premier Doug Lowe, Green independent Bob Brown, and ex-Liberal MHA Gabriel Haros.

The Labor Party was headed by Ken Wriedt. The Green independents were headed by Bob Brown.

The Australian Democrats contested the electorates of Braddon and Bass.

Green candidates contested the electorates of Denison and Franklin.


The representation of the Liberal and Labor parties remained unchanged after the election, at 19 and 14 respectively, leaving Robin Gray's Liberal government in power. It was the first time in 58 years that a non-Labor government had won a second term in Tasmania.

The Greens increased their representation from one to two, with Gerry Bates replacing independent Doug Lowe as the seventh member for the Division of Franklin (Lowe did not contest the election).

Tasmanian state election, 8 February 1986
House of Assembly
<< 19821989 >>

Enrolled voters 290,277
Votes cast 272,306 Turnout 93.81 +0.34
Informal votes 16,145 Informal 5.93 +0.27
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 138,836 54.20 +5.68 19 ± 0
  Labor 90,003 35.14 –1.72 14 ± 0
  Ind. Green 14,227 5.55 +3.84 2 + 1
  Democrats 5,272 2.06 –3.33 0 ± 0
  Independent 6,385 3.05 +0.50 0 ± 0
  Other –4.97 0 – 1
Total 256,161     35  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won
  Ind. Green


Shortly after the election, Ken Wreidt was replaced as Labor leader by Neil Batt.

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