Victorian state election, 1970

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Victorian state election, 1970
Victoria (Australia)
1967 ←
30 May 1970 (1970-05-30) → 1973

All 73 seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly
and 18 (of the 36) seats in the Victorian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
  Henry Bolte.jpg
Leader Henry Bolte Clyde Holding Peter Ross-Edwards
Party Liberal Labor Country
Leader since 3 May 1953 15 May 1967 1970
Leader's seat Hampden Richmond Shepparton
Last election 44 seats 16 seats 12 seats
Seats won 42 seats 22 seats 8 seats
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 6 Decrease 4
Percentage 36.70% 41.42% 6.40%
Swing Decrease 0.79 Increase 3.52 Decrease 2.25

Premier before election

Henry Bolte
Liberal

Elected Premier

Henry Bolte
Liberal

Elections were held in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday 30 May 1970 to elect the 73 members of the state's Legislative Assembly and 18 members of the 36-member Legislative Council.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Victorian state election, 30 May 1970[1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19671973 >>

Enrolled voters 1,827,595
Votes cast 1,728,363 Turnout 94.57 +0.3
Informal votes 55,141 Informal 3.19 +0.03
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 693,105 41.42 +3.52 22 +6
  Liberal 614,094 36.70 -0.79 42 -2
  Democratic Labor 222,591 13.30 -0.99 0 ±0
  Country 107,011 6.40 -2.25 8 -4
  Independent 28,758 1.72 +0.14 1 ±0
  Other 7,663 0.46 +0.37 0 ±0
Total 1,673,222     73  
Two-party-preferred
  Liberal 905,987 54.2 –4.2
  Labor 767,055 45.8 +4.2

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1970 Swing Post-1970
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Dundas   Liberal William McDonald 2.0 -5.6 3.6 Edward Lewis Labor  
Gippsland South   Country Herbert Hyland 28.4 -34.7 6.3 James Taylor Liberal  
Gippsland West   Country Leslie Cochrane 13.4 -16.0 2.6 Rob Maclellan Liberal  
Greensborough   Liberal Monte Vale 3.3 -5.3 2.0 Bob Fell Labor  
Kara Kara   Country William Phelan 12.6 -17.8 5.2 Esmond Curnow Labor  
Lowan   Country Ray Buckley 2.7 -8.8 6.1 Jim McCabe Liberal  
Morwell   Liberal Archie Tanner 1.3 -9.2 7.9 Derek Amos Labor  
Portland   Liberal Don McKellar 3.6 -6.4 2.8 Bill Lewis Labor  
  • Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
  • In addition, Labor retained the seat of Dandenong, which was won at a by-election.

Post-election pendulum[edit]

LIBERAL SEATS (42)
Marginal
Heatherton Norman Billing LIB 0.4%
Polwarth Cec Burgin LIB 0.4% v CP
Essendon Kenneth Wheeler LIB 0.7%
Narracan Jim Balfour LIB 0.8%
Mitcham Dorothy Goble LIB 2.3%
Bendigo Robert Trethewey LIB 2.4%
Gippsland West Rob Maclellan LIB 2.6%
Evelyn Russell Stokes LIB 3.9%
Ivanhoe Vernon Christie LIB 4.6%
Prahran Sam Loxton LIB 5.0%
Bennettswood Ian McLaren LIB 5.2%
Mentone Bill Templeton LIB 5.2%
St Kilda Brian Dixon LIB 5.9%
Fairly safe
Ballarat South Bill Stephen LIB 6.1%
Glenhuntly Joe Rafferty LIB 6.1%
Lowan Jim McCabe LIB 6.1% v CP
Scoresby Geoff Hayes LIB 6.1%
Gippsland South James Taylor LIB 6.3% v CP
Bellarine Aurel Smith LIB 6.6%
Hawthorn Walter Jona LIB 6.6%
Monbulk Bill Borthwick LIB 6.7%
Ringwood Jim Manson LIB 6.8%
Moorabbin Llew Reese LIB 7.3%
Geelong Hayden Birrell LIB 8.0%
Syndal Ray Wiltshire LIB 8.4%
Oakleigh Alan Scanlan LIB 8.6%
Bentleigh Bob Suggett LIB 8.7%
Warrnambool Ian Smith LIB 8.8%
Kew Arthur Rylah LIB 9.4%
Frankston Edward Meagher LIB 9.5%
Gisborne Julian Doyle LIB 9.8%
Safe
Sandringham Max Crellin LIB 10.1%
Box Hill George Reid LIB 11.0%
Caulfield Edgar Tanner LIB 12.9%
Glen Iris Jim MacDonald LIB 13.5%
Ballarat North Tom Evans LIB 13.8%
Dromana Roberts Dunstan LIB 14.1%
Camberwell Vernon Wilcox LIB 15.1%
Brighton John Rossiter LIB 15.6%
Hampden Henry Bolte LIB 15.8%
Balwyn Alex Taylor LIB 15.9%
Malvern Lindsay Thompson LIB 19.2%
LABOR SEATS (22)
Marginal
Greensborough Bob Fell ALP 2.0%
Midlands Les Shilton ALP 2.8%
Portland Bill Lewis ALP 2.8%
Brunswick West Campbell Turnbull ALP 3.4%
Dandenong Alan Lind ALP 3.4%
Dundas Edward Lewis ALP 3.6%
Moonee Ponds Tom Edmunds ALP 4.8%
Kara Kara Esmond Curnow ALP 5.2%
Fairly safe
Preston Carl Kirkwood ALP 7.1%
Deer Park Jack Ginifer ALP 7.5%
Morwell Derek Amos ALP 7.9%
Reservoir Jim Simmonds ALP 8.0%
Albert Park Val Doube ALP 9.8%
Safe
Broadmeadows John Wilton ALP 11.0%
Northcote Frank Wilkes ALP 11.0%
Geelong North Neil Trezise ALP 11.5%
Brunswick East David Bornstein ALP 12.6%
Melbourne Arthur Clarey ALP 12.6%
Footscray Robert Fordham ALP 13.3%
Sunshine Denis Lovegrove ALP 13.3%
Williamstown Larry Floyd ALP 15.8%
Richmond Clyde Holding ALP 18.3%
COUNTRY SEATS (8)
Shepparton Peter Ross-Edwards CP 1.0% v IND
Benalla Tom Trewin CP 4.3% v LIB
Mildura Milton Whiting CP 5.6%
Murray Valley George Moss CP 11.8% v LIB
Gippsland East Bruce Evans CP 15.1% v LIB
Swan Hill Henry Broad CP 15.6% v LIB
Benambra Tom Mitchell CP 20.8%
Rodney Russell McDonald CP 26.2%
CROSSBENCH SEATS (1)
Coburg Jack Mutton IND 8.8 v ALP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election held on 30 May 1970, Australian Politics and Elections Database (University of Western Australia).