Victorian state election, 1973

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Victorian state election, 1973
Victoria (Australia)
1970 ←
19 May 1973 (1973-05-19) → 1976

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
 
Leader Rupert Hamer Clyde Holding Peter Ross-Edwards
Party Liberal Labor Country
Leader since 23 August 1972 15 May 1967 1970
Leader's seat Kew Richmond Shepparton
Last election 42 seats 22 seats 8 seats
Seats won 46 seats 18 seats 8 seats
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 4 Steady 0
Percentage 42.34% 41.61% 5.96%
Swing Increase 5.64 Increase 0.19 Decrease 0.44

Premier before election

Rupert Hamer
Liberal

Elected Premier

Rupert Hamer
Liberal

The 1973 Victorian state election, held on Saturday, 19 May 1973, was for the 46th Parliament of Victoria. It was held in the Australian state of Victoria to elect the 73 members of the state's Legislative Assembly and 18 members of the 36-member Legislative Council.

Rupert Hamer succeeded Henry Bolte as Premier of Victoria on 23 August 1972. In 1972 a federal Labor government was elected, the first Labor government in 23 years. The incumbent Liberal government in Victoria led by Hamer was returned at the election with an increased vote of about 5%, largely at the expense of the Democratic Labor Party.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Victorian state election, 19 May 1973[1]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 2,088,984
Votes cast 1,954,005 Turnout 93.54 -1.03
Informal votes 56,691 Informal 2.90 -0.29
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 803,382 42.34 +5.64 46 +4
  Labor 789,561 41.61 +0.19 18 -4
  Democratic Labor 147,890 7.79 -5.51 0 ±0
  Country 144,818 5.96 -0.44 8 ±0
  Independent 10,349 0.55 -1.17 1 ±0
  Other 33,103 1.74 +1.29 0 ±0
Total 1,897,314     73  
Two-party-preferred
  Liberal 1,048,100 55.2 +1.0
  Labor 849,214 44.8 –1.0

Legislative Council[edit]

Victorian state election, 19 May 1973[2]
Legislative Council
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Enrolled voters 2,088,984
Votes cast 1,953,462 Turnout 93.5 –1.3
Informal votes 74,354 Informal 3.8 –0.2
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats
won
Seats
held
  Liberal 810,807 43.1 +5.5 11 21
  Labor 766,181 40.8 –1.8 4 9
  Democratic Labor 163,008 8.7 –5.4 0 0
  Country 120,604 6.4 +0.3 3 6
  Australia Party 18,508 1.0 +1.0 0 0
Total 1,879,108     18 36

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1973 Swing Post-1973
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Dundas   Labor Edward Lewis 3.8 -7.4 3.6 Bruce Chamberlain Liberal  
Gippsland South   Liberal James Taylor 6.4 -6.4 0.03 Neil McInnes Country  
Greensborough   Labor Bob Fell 2.0 -2.0 0.01* Monte Vale Liberal  
Midlands   Labor Leslie Shilton 2.8 -6.2 3.4 Bill Ebery Liberal  
Portland   Labor Bill Lewis 2.8 -7.4 4.6 Don McKellar Liberal  
Swan Hill   Country Henry Broad 20.3 -21.6 1.3 Alan Wood Liberal  
  • The result for Greensborough was overturned by the Court of Disputed Returns and a by-election was called.

Post-election pendulum[edit]

LIBERAL SEATS (46)
Marginal
Greensborough Monte Vale LIB 0.01%
Ivanhoe Bruce Skeggs LIB 0.3%
Swan Hill Alan Wood LIB 1.3% v CP
Mentone Bill Templeton LIB 2.2%
Essendon Kenneth Wheeler LIB 3.3%
Midlands Bill Ebery LIB 3.4%
Dundas Bruce Chamberlain LIB 3.6%
Heatherton Norman Billing LIB 4.4%
Portland Don McKellar LIB 4.6%
Bendigo Daryl McClure LIB 4.9%
Ballarat South Bill Stephen LIB 5.0%
Prahran Sam Loxton LIB 5.1%
Mitcham Dorothy Goble LIB 5.2%
Glenhuntly Joe Rafferty LIB 5.8%
Fairly safe
St Kilda Brian Dixon LIB 6.3%
Evelyn Jim Plowman LIB 6.5%
Monbulk Bill Borthwick LIB 6.5%
Oakleigh Alan Scanlan LIB 6.8%
Bennettswood Ian McLaren LIB 7.2%
Scoresby Geoff Hayes LIB 7.2%
Bellarine Aurel Smith LIB 7.6%
Frankston Edward Meagher LIB 8.0%
Gisborne Athol Guy LIB 8.1%
Moorabbin Llew Reese LIB 8.1%
Ringwood Norman Lacy LIB 8.1%
Geelong Hayden Birrell LIB 8.3%
Narracan Jim Balfour LIB 8.6%
Hawthorn Walter Jona LIB 9.2%
Bentleigh Bob Suggett LIB 9.5%
Safe
Caulfield Edgar Tanner LIB 10.0%
Syndal Ray Wiltshire LIB 10.6%
Box Hill Morris Williams LIB 10.9%
Dromana Roberts Dunstan LIB 11.0%
Ballarat North Tom Evans LIB 11.1%
Hampden Tom Austin LIB 12.0%
Sandringham Max Crellin LIB 12.7%
Glen Iris Jim MacDonald LIB 15.5%
Brighton John Rossiter LIB 17.7%
Gippsland West Rob Maclellan LIB 17.8%
Balwyn Jim Ramsay LIB 18.4%
Camberwell Vernon Wilcox LIB 18.5%
Warrnambool Ian Smith LIB 18.7%
Malvern Lindsay Thompson LIB 20.3%
Kew Rupert Hamer LIB 22.0%
Lowan Jim McCabe LIB 22.5%
Polwarth Cec Burgin LIB 24.9%
LABOR SEATS (18)
Marginal
Kara Kara Esmond Curnow ALP 1.9%
Dandenong Alan Lind ALP 2.2%
Brunswick West Tom Roper ALP 3.9%
Moonee Ponds Tom Edmunds ALP 5.8%
Fairly safe
Preston Carl Kirkwood ALP 7.6%
Morwell Derek Amos ALP 8.3%
Reservoir Jim Simmonds ALP 8.7%
Safe
Northcote Frank Wilkes ALP 10.3%
Broadmeadows John Wilton ALP 10.7%
Geelong North Neil Trezise ALP 10.7%
Williamstown Gordon Stirling ALP 11.0%
Deer Park Jack Ginifer ALP 11.3%
Melbourne Barry Jones ALP 12.4%
Footscray Robert Fordham ALP 13.9%
Sunshine Bill Fogarty ALP 14.0%
Brunswick East David Bornstein ALP 15.0%
Albert Park Val Doube ALP 16.4%
Richmond Clyde Holding ALP 16.4%
COUNTRY SEATS (8)
Gippsland South Neil McInnes CP 0.03% v LIB
Mildura Milton Whiting CP 14.3%
Gippsland East Bruce Evans CP 17.3%
Murray Valley Bill Baxter CP 19.3%
Benambra Tom Mitchell CP 19.4%
Shepparton Peter Ross-Edwards CP 22.6%
Benalla Tom Trewin CP 24.5%
Rodney Eddie Hann CP 27.0%
CROSSBENCH SEATS (1)
Coburg Jack Mutton IND 7.9% v ALP

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election held on 19 May 1973, Australian Politics and Elections Database (University of Western Australia).
  2. ^ Carr, Adam. "Victoria Legislative Council Election 1976". Psephos Election Archive. Retrieved 29 September 2015.