Tasmanian state election, 1998

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Tasmanian state election, 1998
Tasmania
← 1996 29 August 1998 2002 →

All 25 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
  No image.svg No image.svg Christine Milne profile.jpg
Leader Jim Bacon Tony Rundle Christine Milne
Party Labor Liberal Greens
Leader since 14 April 1997 18 March 1996 1993
Leader's seat Denison Braddon Lyons (lost seat)
Last election 14 seats 16 seats 4 seats
Seats won 14 seats 10 seats 1 seats
Seat change Steady0 Decrease6 Decrease3
Percentage 44.79% 38.06% 10.18%
Swing Increase4.32 Decrease3.14 Decrease0.96

Premier before election

Tony Rundle
Liberal

Elected Premier

Jim Bacon
Labor

The Tasmanian state election, 1998 was held on Saturday, 29 August 1998 in the Australian state of Tasmania to elect 25 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The number of members was reduced from 35 to 25. The election used the Hare-Clark proportional representation system[1]—five members were elected from each of five electorates. The quota required for election increased from 12.5% to 16.7%.

This election saw the end of two years of a Liberal minority government headed by Premier Tony Rundle, supported by the Tasmanian Greens. The Australian Labor Party won government in its own right for the first time since 1979, with Jim Bacon as premier.

Labor retained all their seats despite the reduction in numbers. The Liberals lost six seats. The Greens' representation was reduced from four members to one—Peg Putt in Denison.

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 29 August 1998
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 322,754
Votes cast 306,655 Turnout 95.01 –0.97
Informal votes 11,977 Informal 3.91 –1.49
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 131,981 44.79 +4.32 14 ± 0
  Liberal 112,146 38.06 –3.14 10 – 6
  Greens 30,008 10.18 –0.96 1 – 3
  Tasmania First 15,017 5.10 +5.10 0 ± 0
  Democrats 2,627 0.89 +0.15 0 ± 0
  Democratic Socialist 102 0.03 +0.03 0 ± 0
  Independent 2,797 0.95 –2.54 0 – 1
  Others –2.96 0 ± 0
Total 294,678     25  

Primary vote by division[edit]

Bass Braddon Denison Franklin Lyons
Australian Labor Party 41.1% 44.1% 46.3% 45.7% 46.6%
Liberal Party of Australia 41.9% 42.2% 36.2% 37.0% 33.4%
Tasmanian Greens 9.1% 8.1% 13.1% 10.4% 10.1%
Other 7.9% 5.6% 4.4% 6.9% 9.9%

Distribution of seats[edit]

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