Victorian state election, 1964

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Victorian state election, 1964
Victoria (Australia)
← 1961 27 June 1964 1967 →

All 66 seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly
and 17 (of the 34) seats in the Victorian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
  Henry Bolte.jpg
Leader Henry Bolte Clive Stoneham George Moss
Party Liberal and Country Labor Country
Leader since 3 May 1953 1958 1964
Leader's seat Hampden Midlands Murray Valley
Last election 39 seats 17 seats 9 seats
Seats won 38 seats 18 seats 10 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1 Increase1
Percentage 39.63% 36.22% 8.76%
Swing Increase3.20 Decrease2.33 Increase1.62

Premier before election

Henry Bolte
Liberal and Country

Premier after election

Henry Bolte
Liberal and Country

Elections were held in the Australian state of Victoria on 27 June 1964 to elect the 66 members of the state's Legislative Assembly and 17 members of the 34-member Legislative Council. The Liberal and Country Party (LCP) government of Premier Henry Bolte won a fourth term in office.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
6 May 1964 The Parliament was prorogued.[1]
14 May 1964 Writs were issued by the Administrator to proceed with an election.[2]
5 June 1964 Close of nominations.
27 June 1964 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
8 July 1964 The Bolte Ministry was reconstituted, with two new ministers sworn in.[3]
14 July 1964 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
14 July 1964 Parliament resumed for business.[4]

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

The election produced almost no change in the electoral balance.

Victorian state election, 27 June 1964[5]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19611967 >>

Enrolled voters 1,635,311
Votes cast 1,543,778 Turnout 94.40 –0.01
Informal votes 35,631 Informal 2.31 –0.14
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal and Country 597,748 39.63 +3.20 38 – 1
  Labor 546,279 36.22 –2.33 18 + 1
  Democratic Labor 225,779 14.97 –1.98 0 ± 0
  Country 132,067 8.76 +1.62 10 + 1
  Other 3,741 0.25 –0.01 0 ± 0
  Independent 2,533 0.17 –0.49 0 – 1
Total 1,508,147     66  
Two-party-preferred
  Liberal and Country 890,164 59.0 +1.1
  Labor 617,873 41.0 –1.1

Legislative Council[edit]

Victorian state election, 27 June 1964[6]
Legislative Council
<< 19611967 >>

Enrolled voters 1,635,311
Votes cast 1,543,586 Turnout 94.4 –0.1
Informal votes 45,627 Informal 3.0 –0.2
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats
won
Seats
held
  Liberal and Country 600,600 40.1 +2.1 9 18
  Labor 531,510 35.5 –3.4 4 8
  Democratic Labor 232,445 15.5 –1.2 0 0
  Country 133,403 8.9 +2.7 4 8
Total 1,497,958     17 34

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1964 Swing Post-1964
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Bendigo   Labor Bill Galvin 4.5 -6.3 1.8 Robert Trethewey Liberal and Country  
Geelong West   Liberal and Country Max Gillett 0.2 -0.3 0.1 Neil Trezise Labor  
Kara Kara   Liberal and Country Keith Turnbull 13.8 -15.1 1.3 Bill Phelan Country  
Moorabbin   Independent Liberal Bob Suggett 8.7 N/A 11.0 Bob Suggett Liberal and Country  
  • Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
  • In addition, Labor retained the seat of Broadmeadows which it had won from the LCP at the 1962 by-election.

Post-election pendulum[edit]

LCP SEATS (38)
Marginal
Bendigo Robert Trethewey LCP 1.8%
Lowan Jim McCabe LCP 1.8% v CP
Mentone Edward Meagher LCP 3.9%
Ballarat South Bill Stephen LCP 4.7%
Dandenong Len Reid LCP 5.6%
Morwell Jim Balfour LCP 5.6%
Fairly Safe
Moonee Ponds Jack Holden LCP 6.0%
Hawthorn Walter Jona LCP 6.4%
Evelyn Russell Stokes LCP 6.7%
Essendon Kenneth Wheeler LCP 7.0%
Oakleigh Alan Scanlan LCP 7.5%
St Kilda Brian Dixon LCP 8.4%
Dundas William McDonald LCP 8.9%
Ripponlea Edgar Tanner LCP 9.6%
Safe
Geelong Hayden Birrell LCP 10.0%
Moorabbin Bob Suggett LCP 11.0%
Ivanhoe Vernon Christie LCP 11.4%
Scoresby Bill Borthwick LCP 11.6%
Ormond Joe Rafferty LCP 12.1%
Ringwood Jim Manson LCP 12.5%
Sandringham Murray Porter LCP 12.7%
Mulgrave Ray Wiltshire LCP 13.4%
Portland George Gibbs LCP 14.8%
Prahran Sam Loxton LCP 14.8%
Ballarat North Tom Evans LCP 15.6%
Box Hill George Reid LCP 17.8%
Toorak Philip Hudson LCP 18.3%
Caulfield Alexander Fraser LCP 18.4%
Mornington Roberts Dunstan LCP 19.5%
Camberwell Vernon Wilcox LCP 19.6%
Hampden Henry Bolte LCP 20.2%
Elsternwick Richard Gainey LCP 20.8%
Brighton John Rossiter LCP 22.0%
Polwarth Tom Darcy LCP 22.0%
Balwyn Alex Taylor LCP 22.6%
Kew Arthur Rylah LCP 22.6%
Burwood Jim MacDonald LCP 22.8%
Malvern John Bloomfield LCP 25.5%
LABOR SEATS (18)
Marginal
Geelong West Neil Trezise ALP 0.1%
Broadmeadows John Wilton ALP 0.6%
Melbourne Arthur Clarey ALP 1.0%
Midlands Clive Stoneham ALP 1.1%
Brunswick West Campbell Turnbull ALP 5.5%
Fairly safe
Preston Charlie Ring ALP 8.5%
Northcote Frank Wilkes ALP 8.6%
Grant Roy Crick ALP 9.1%
Coburg Charlie Mutton ALP 9.7%
Flemington Kevin Holland ALP 9.8%
Albert Park Keith Sutton ALP 9.9%
Reservoir Harry Jenkins ALP 9.9%
Safe
Brunswick East Leo Fennessy ALP 10.7%
Richmond Clyde Holding ALP 16.0%
Fitzroy Denis Lovegrove ALP 17.0%
Yarraville Roy Schintler ALP 17.9%
Footscray William Divers ALP 18.9%
Williamstown Larry Floyd ALP 20.0%
COUNTRY SEATS (10)
Kara Kara Bill Phelan CP 1.3% v LCP
Rodney Russell McDonald CP 12.1% v LCP
Benalla Tom Trewin CP 12.5% v LCP
Murray Valley George Moss CP 13.5% v LCP
Gippsland West Leslie Cochrane CP 14.6% v LCP
Gippsland East Bruce Evans CP 16.9% v LCP
Mildura Milton Whiting CP 17.4%
Benambra Tom Mitchell CP 25.4%
Gippsland South Herbert Hyland CP 27.6% v DLP
Swan Hill Harold Stirling CP 28.7%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discharging members of the Legislative Council from attendance and dissolving the Legislative Assembly". Victorian Government Gazette. 6 May 1964. p. 1964:1420. 
  2. ^ Chief Electoral Officer, Victoria (1964). Statistics relating to the general election held on Saturday 27 June 1964 (6947/64).  Accessed at Baillieu Library, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria.
  3. ^ "Ministers of the Crown". Victorian Government Gazette. 8 July 1964. p. 1964:2233. 
  4. ^ "Fixing the time for holding the first session of the forty-third Parliament of Victoria". Victorian Government Gazette. 30 June 1964. p. 1964:2131. 
  5. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Victoria, Assembly election, 27 June 1964". Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Carr, Adam. "Victoria Legislative Council Election 1964". Psephos Election Archive. Retrieved 29 September 2015.