Victorian state election, 1976

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Victorian state election, 1976
Victoria (Australia)
1973 ←
20 March 1976 (1976-03-20) → 1979

All 81 seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly
and 22 (of the 44) seats in the Victorian Legislative Council
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Rupert Hamer Clyde Holding Peter Ross-Edwards
Party Liberal Labor Nationals
Leader since 23 August 1972 15 May 1967 1970
Leader's seat Kew Richmond Shepparton
Last election 46 seats 18 seats 8 seats
Seats won 52 seats 21 seats 7 seats
Seat change Increase 6 Increase 3 Decrease 1
Percentage 45.87% 42.43% 7.07%
Swing Increase 3.53 Increase 0.82 Increase 1.13

Premier before election

Rupert Hamer
Liberal

Elected Premier

Rupert Hamer
Liberal

Elections were held in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday 20 March 1976 to elect the 81 members of the state's Legislative Assembly and 22 members of the 44-member Legislative Council.

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Victorian state election, 20 March 1976[1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19731979 >>

Enrolled voters 2,267,282
Votes cast 2,101,414 Turnout 92.68 -0.86
Informal votes 53,417 Informal 2.54 -0.36
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 939,481 45.87 +3.53 52 +6
  Labor 869,021 42.43 +0.82 21 +3
  National 144,818 7.07 +1.13 7 -1
  Democratic Labor 52,765 2.58 -5.22 0 ±0
  Independent 35,408 1.73 +1.18 1 ±0
  Other 6,504 0.32 -1.43 0 ±0
Total 2,047,997     81  
Two-party-preferred
  Liberal 1,142,262 55.8 +0.6
  Labor 905,735 44.2 –0.6

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1976 Swing Post-1976
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Benambra   National Bill Baxter 19.9 -21.7 1.8 Lou Lieberman Liberal  
Knox   Liberal notional - new seat 0.8 -2.1 1.3 Steve Crabb Labor  
Ripon   Labor notional - new seat 0.4 -10.3 9.9 Tom Austin Liberal  
Werribee   Labor notional - new seat 0.2 -0.2 0.05 Neville Hudson Liberal  

Post-election pendulum[edit]

LIBERAL SEATS (52)
Marginal
Essendon Kenneth Wheeler LIB 0.05%
Werribee Neville Hudson LIB 0.05%
Oakleigh Alan Scanlan LIB 1.3%
Geelong East Bruce Evans LIB 1.5%
Benambra Lou Lieberman LIB 1.8% v NAT
Greensborough Monte Vale LIB 2.7%
Bendigo Daryl McClure LIB 3.6%
Ballarat South Bill Stephen LIB 4.1%
Springvale Norman Billing LIB 4.4%
Geelong West Hayden Birrell LIB 5.2%
Heatherton Llew Reese LIB 5.4%
Mitcham George Cox LIB 5.5%
Prahran Sam Loxton LIB 5.7%
Fairly safe
Noble Park Peter Collins LIB 6.1%
St Kilda Brian Dixon LIB 6.1%
Syndal Geoff Coleman LIB 6.1%
Monbulk Bill Borthwick LIB 6.6%
Sandringham Max Crellin LIB 7.4%
Glenhuntly Joe Rafferty LIB 8.1%
Ringwood Peter McArthur LIB 9.0%
Bentleigh Bob Suggett LIB 9.3%
Box Hill Donald Mackinnon LIB 9.6%
Evelyn Jim Plowman LIB 9.6%
Ripon Tom Austin LIB 9.9%
Safe
Bennettswood Ian McLaren LIB 10.1%
Narracan Jim Balfour LIB 10.2%
Swin Hill Alan Wood LIB 10.2% v NAT
Warrandyte Norman Lacy LIB 10.6%
Hawthorn Walter Jona LIB 10.7%
Midlands Bill Ebery LIB 10.7%
Mentone Bill Templeton LIB 10.9%
Ivanhoe Bruce Skeggs LIB 11.1%
Lowan Jim McCabe LIB 11.7% v NAT
Ballarat North Tom Evans LIB 11.9%
Frankston Graeme Weideman LIB 12.7%
Dromana Roberts Dunstan LIB 12.9%
South Barwon Aurel Smith LIB 13.0%
Forest Hill John Richardson LIB 13.1%
Gisborne Athol Guy LIB 14.2%
Burwood Jeff Kennett LIB 14.6%
Portland Don McKellar LIB 14.7%
Berwick Rob Maclellan LIB 15.1%
Warrnambool Ian Smith LIB 15.2%
Caulfield Charles Francis LIB 15.3%
Wantirna Geoff Hayes LIB 15.8%
Doncaster Morris Williams LIB 15.9%
Westernport Doug Jennings LIB 16.3%
Brighton Jeannette Patrick LIB 18.1%
Balwyn Jim Ramsay LIB 19.3%
Kew Rupert Hamer LIB 20.0%
Malvern Lindsay Thompson LIB 20.8%
Polwarth Cec Burgin LIB 26.6%
LABOR SEATS (21)
Marginal
Knox Steve Crabb ALP 1.3%
Niddrie Jack Simpson ALP 2.0%
Bundoora John Cain ALP 3.3%
Carrum Ian Cathie ALP 5.0%
Dandenong Alan Lind ALP 5.2%
Fairly safe
Glenroy Jack Culpin ALP 8.9%
Safe
Keilor Jack Ginifer ALP 10.2%
Geelong North Neil Trezise ALP 12.6%
Williamstown Gordon Stirling ALP 13.0%
Albert Park Val Doube ALP 13.1%
Broadmeadows John Wilton ALP 13.2%
Ascot Vale Tom Edmunds ALP 13.3%
Morwell Derek Amos ALP 13.6%
Reservoir Jim Simmonds ALP 14.1%
Northcote Frank Wilkes ALP 14.2%
Brunswick Tom Roper ALP 14.7%
Melbourne Barry Jones ALP 14.8%
Preston Carl Kirkwood ALP 15.8%
Footscray Robert Fordham ALP 21.6%
Sunshine Bill Fogarty ALP 21.6%
Richmond Theo Sidiropoulos ALP 23.3%
NATIONAL SEATS (7)
Gippsland South Neil McInnes NAT 1.3% v LIB
Benalla Tom Trewin NAT 20.1%
Gippsland East Bruce Evans NAT 20.7% v IND
Murray Valley Ken Jasper NAT 22.1%
Mildura Milton Whiting NAT 24.2%
Shepparton Peter Ross-Edwards NAT 27.7%
Rodney Eddie Hann NAT 33.1%
CROSSBENCH SEATS (1)
Coburg Jack Mutton IND 5.3% v ALP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Election held on 20 March 1976, Australian Politics and Elections Database (University of Western Australia).